Pianist in a Brothel

One would think finding love in a place where love is being sold is an easy thing.
But then again, one would think many things.
Pianist in a Brothel by Jack Whitehall, sorry, Ciaran Crudden is a poetically-cinematic ode to art and love.

We sent our pigeons to Ciaran to deliver him our bundle of usual questions and here’s what they brought back.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
"Jack Whitehall look-a-like for hire"

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?
This question has a familiar ring to it, as it's one I've asked myself more than once over the last couple of years. For me, the most amazing thing about filmmaking is collaboration. It's true that at times it can be incredibly challenging, especially when you are starting out and don't really have a clue what you are doing, but to have people alongside you in the trenches, all battling to tell the same story, is really an incredible thing. I'm still amazed that I can have a little seed of an idea knocking around in my head and then six months later be surrounded by a team of amazingly talented people, all working in beautiful synchronicity to realise that same idea. That gives me goosebumps! 

Why this film?
One day at my day job as a Graphic Designer, in an effort to lift my spirits after a frustrating conference call with a client, a colleague of mine remarked that I was a "pianist in a brothel". As soon as he said it, I pictured pretty much the entire film you see today. I went back to my desk, scribbled the plot on a post-it note and that night wrote the full screenplay. I felt the haunting image of this pianist playing beautiful music in a place where he is completely ignored, was something that was highly relatable in today's world. We live in an era where there are more screens than people, each one illuminated with a shiny new distraction vying for our attention. The task of making art that will have impact let alone be noticed, can feel truly overwhelming at times. I'm pretty sure every modern day creator has felt like a pianist in a brothel at one time or another. This film is for those moments when we feel like giving up, but don't. For the moments when a single person can make it worthwhile.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
Ooooh, now we're talking! If money was no object I'd love to make an epic biopic of legendary Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher. I grew up in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, a short drive from Rory's hometown of Ballyshannon and I've always been fascinated by his story. Like Rory's music, the picture would be pulsating, electrifying and beautifully raw, telling the whiskey-fuelled story of how a young kid from a small riverside town would go on to become one of the most influential guitarists of all time. And since we're in dreamland here, I'd cast a young Daniel Day-Lewis (circa. 1995) to play Rory!

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
The immediate goal is to keep writing, to keep exploring new ideas and to simply see where those ideas take me. If in 20 or 30 years time I'm still telling stories in some shape or form, I'll be a happy man.

Ciaran Crudden

Ciaran Crudden

Pianist in a Brothel will be played on our Streatham Space Project big screen on Tuesday, 14.5.2019.
Get your tickets right over HERE and make sure you say ‘Hi!’ when you pop by!