Did you know witchcraft is still a thing?
And did you also know it can actually be a good thing?
Whatever your answers to the questions above “Rituals for Change”, creatied by Leanne Davies, is a beautiful experimental short documentary meditating on that idea.
We shot our regular set of qeustions at Leanne just to get her know a bit better.
CineShots: There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Leanne Davis: Oh I honestly have no idea. I'm still figuring out who I am as a filmmaker so I think other people are probably better placed to answer that than me at the moment! 'A work in progress' maybe?
CS: When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
LD: I ask myself this a lot! I don't know, I just feel compelled to do it! One of my friends who is an incredible filmmaker likened the process to birthing a child - it's this irrational compulsion to create something and something happens to block out how traumatic the actual delivery is! It's frustrating but also exciting because you never really know how it's going to turn out, to a level which I think it's unique to film.
CS: Why this film?
LD: I've always been really drawn to witchcraft and the occult, and so it was a great excuse for me to explore my interest in it. But I was also fascinated by the recent resurgence of interest in it and what it meant politically, and what happens to the archetype of the witch when it becomes commodified and assimilated into the same system to which it is the antithesis. I was also curious about how to represent such practices in the medium of film. I still haven't quite figured that out!
CS: You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
LD: Well I don't tend to work with actors so I would probably spend the budget on music and locations! I would love to travel around the world and meet different communities of witches!
CS: What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
LD: I would love to collaborate more as it's just been a one man band job so far. I'd love to work with other filmmakers and artists from other disciplines, especially sound artists, and get a proper budget so I can hire a producer! I'd also really like to experiment with different mediums, particularly 16mm.
Her film will be screened 16.4. at our 3rd CineShots, followed by a Q&A and a chance to have a chat with her and everyone else.
Be there or be somehwere else.