CineShots

Tuscany

Spoiler alert: this film has not been shot in Tuscany, does not pretend to be Tuscany and does not involve anything remotely Italian. But it is oh so ‘Tuscany’!

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Our amazingly inventive interview was sent to Geoff, wirter and director of this lovely masterpiece and here’s what he sent back to us:

If of all your superpowers you could only keep one - which one would it be?
My superpower might be the fact that I trained and work as an actor, so I feel I know how to direct an actor in a way which they can readily respond to, as I would.
But this sounds a bit boring and ‘directory’ so instead I’ll say my superpower to keep is, (having worked in a wine shop for many years), that I always know what we should drink at any point of the day.

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?
I feel like a film is such a total expression of an initial idea, then a script, then a shoot, then a post, a whole process, made up by so many peoples' efforts and expertise and expression, all seamlessly assimilated into one simple linear thing. And this is such a joy; so many things happening at once, within one thing, every time you watch it. Then the feeling of sharing a film, that whole one big expression of so many people, telling a story, discussing and provoking ideas and subjects in the world, evoking emotions and laughter in an audience; that feeling of hearing an audience enjoying a film you’ve made, or helped make in some way… Well there’s nothing like it, and no difficulty in the process or journey could stand up against that end feeling.

Why this film?
This film idea arrived one morning, while on the phone to a good friend. I thought about my girlfriend, and how she once reckoned that if she proposed to me before I proposed to her, that I would be livid with her, for taking the ‘male tradition’ away. But then of course these (more equal) days, why shouldn’t a woman propose to a man, just the same?
Then later I was crossing the river on a bus and I thought how the couple could be there on the bans of the over, clearing plastic, and how that would encapsulate something global and yet domestic and faintly romantic and epic and small and with the Nation’s capital as an accidental background, all at once. The final film is a mixture of comedy, romance, feminist progression and male concession/ education.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want…
Some kind of huge historical adventure thriller, based on a never before told true story, but also has a subtle yet effective social improvement message, something which inspires people to help each other, and the film is funny, and takes place in many countries, and is genre defining yet classic. It's shot by Janusz Kaminski and stars Ben Wishaw, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Gary Oldman, Amit Shah, Penelope Cruz, Adam Godley, Chris Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Jonny Depp and Jonelle Monae!

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I do truly want to make films which will move people so emotionally, that it changes the way they behave in their lives. I would be very happy and honoured if I could count myself as a front-runner contributor to restrengthening and developing the British Film industry one day. To get to the stage where I get to think “what shall I make a film about next year, or rather, what SHOULD I make a film about next year?”
I would love people to wonder when they see a film of mine, what will this one be like, and to come away from it, thinking how different it was to the last one.

Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
I have a website at
www.geoffreybreton.com

my instagram is
@geoffrey_breton

Geoff Breton

Geoff Breton

So now you know more! To see Tuscany hop on your preferable means of transportation and come on down to Streatham Space Project 10.9.2019 at 19.00.
Get your tickets HERE.

Dear Hearing World

Adam Docker, director of Dear Hearing World answered our beloved questionnaire. And so it goes:

If of all your superpowers you could only keep one - which one would it be?
Sight.

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?
The most gruelling part of filmmaking is not having the resources to create what you have in your head. But it’s those very same obstacles which then allow you to think outside the box and a new scene can actually turn out better than if you had everything at your disposal. And that is extremely rewarding.

Why this film?
I worked with Raymond on a couple of other short projects, “What’s Wrong With Raymond” did quite well at festivals. Ray then came to me with an idea of getting Vilma Jackson, a British Sign Language actress, to perform one of his poems. We shot something in a studio and for some reason it just didn’t work. So we went back to the drawing board and came up with some new ideas. Then one evening we just hit the streets of Bethnal Green and shot different verses in different locations. Ray’s incredible poetry blended with Vilma’s thought provoking performance and Enos Desjardins beautifully crafted sound design, we realised we had something very different from the ordinary and a film that carried a really powerful and important message. (Interesting fact: The location are the same flats where Alexander McQueen the fashion designer was born and grew up, and also the same location for Little Britain’s Lou Todd and Andy Pipkin).

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want…
Travel the world for two years filming tribes and interesting people and re-make some kind of ‘Baraka” “Powaqqatsi”.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
Produce and create interesting films that have purpose, that strike a chord and mean something to people who watch them.

Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
IG: @baronmeister @redearthstudio
FB: Adam Docker Director DOP - Red Earth Studio

Adam Docker

Adam Docker

If you want to hear what they had to say you’ll have to pop down to Streatham Space Project 10.9.2019 at 19.00 and see it for yourself.
Tickets HERE and on the door.

Bingo Ladies

Ever wished you were a fly on the wall in a ladies’ bathroom? Well, we hope not as that’s called being a pervert.
On the other hand eavesdropping on a gang of elderly ladies playing bingo is quite a natural urge. And in this film you get to see that ladies don’t get old. They get refined.

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Merve Erde, producer and co-writer of this gem, answered our questionare. And away we go:

Tere is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
It says: "A story without headline".

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?
As a small creative production company, it is very challenging to get clients to survive as a filmmaker. It is also quite hard to get exposure and recognition for the work we do. However, the magic and necessity of filmmaking goes beyond those limitations and hardships. It gives you the possibility to take a feeling, an idea or an image to different realm where you can narrate, represent or manipulate them as you wish. It allows you to communicate your story and share it with the world in the most charming and direct form. Depending on the stylistic and intellectual approach, you can tell the same story in many different ways and each element (light, camera, script, sound etc) contributes to it differently to form a uniformed body. The whole creative process of filmmaking makes it very worthwhile. It is also a collective form of art which brings creative people together to create a unique piece of art.

Why this film?
Our production company, That Thing, had an office next to a bingo hall at the time. Irina was quite amazed by the elderly ladies who went there very regularly. They all had a particular style, a particular attitude. Bingo was more than a game for them - it allowed them to socialize, make friends and enjoy their time. In a city like London, where everything is quite frenetic and organized around youth culture, we thought that bingo halls opened up an alternative space for these women. We can discuss how satisfying of an experience this is for them, or whether it is positive or negative. However, we wanted to get to know them and their stories better. On the other hand, we did not want to romanticize it so we introduced some absurd moments in it and tried to blur the line between "fiction" and "factual" in their narratives.

Another aspect that we were interested in was to make these women "protagonists" of our film. Elderly women have a very limited range of roles in film and these roles are generally repetitive and stereotypical. We wanted to challenge this as well.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
We like dark comedies and the sense of absurdity/ridiculousness that arises in unexpected tragic moments. It would be probably such a story. With Vincent Gallo playing the main character.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
We have some short film projects. We are also working on a series of video portraits such as the bingo ladies.  The next one we will take place in a hair salon in Brixton.

Merve Erde

Merve Erde

To see what the Bingo Ladies have to say - and boy do they like to talk - come on down to the good ole’ Streatham Space Project 9th July at 19.30 and just so you make sure you get your seat you might as well buy a ticket right now. Right HERE.

RUCK IT!

What starts out like a sports commercials, gets you to tears three minutes later and ends up making you feel all warm and hopeful?

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Ruck it is one of those films one simply can’t and shouldn’t ignore. On the top of it being very well made.
Kelvin DeSena, the director, answered our series of questions.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
‘’If he can make films. Anyone can! Look at that melonhead!’’

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?
I’m no tortured artist nor do I see filmmaking as special. Yes it’s hard, but so is anything worth doing. I think we should spend less time talking about how hard it is and more time talking about how easy it is. Filmmaking has never been so accessible. More people should be doing it! It’s so much fun!

Why this film?
Honest answer is, I was approached to make it by a guy at Mencap. He had been to a private screening of a short documentary telling the story of a swimming club called Swim Dem Crew. He wanted to do something similar as they have some incredible stories to tell and we were lucky enough to be approached to make it! I thought it was an amazing opportunity and threw myself into it. Plus, I'm a big rugby fan as well!

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want…
I would make an awful big budget film. It would probably have giant laser beams in the sky with Arnold Schwarzenegger lifting large heavy objects whilst delivering terrible one liners...actually that sounds pretty cool!!!
I think I would use the money to make five low budget films, casting new and exciting actors that can add a new voice. Would also be nice to have Riz Ahmed on board as well. I would love to see British Asians represented more in film as I think we have something to contribute.  

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
To make more and to get better, whilst making new friends and having a laugh, and if I can continue to pay my rent as well, then that would be a bonus.

Kelvin DeSena

Kelvin DeSena

Ruck it! will be screened on our May CineShots and we will have Kelvin DeSena there to talk to so get your questions ready, get your tickets here and we’ll see you Tuesday, 14.5. at 19.30!

Two Aliens

Two people, a weapon of mass distruction, one room, eleven minutes.
Both in power, each with their own agenda. Doesn’t really get any better than that, does it?

Written and directed by Liam Pinheiro-Rogers who’s been making film since he was 13. And, boy, are his skills on display.

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Liam Pinheiro-Rogers

As everyone Liam also got served a fistful of our questions. Here it goes:

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
A young 23 year old filmmaker from London who specialises in genre specific films, mostly in the horror and fantasy genres, with surrealism added in.

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?
The passion and the adventure. I love making stories, creating characters and especially my own world. 

Why this film?
This film is topical when it comes to the military industrial complex and it best showcases my style in terms of dialogue.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I would make an alien invasion film with a twist. I would have Tom Hardy, Viggo Mortensen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead etc.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I want to be a writer and director of various genre-related films (horror and fantasy are at the top).

And if you’re still not convinced join us 16.4. at the Streatham Space Project, watch all the films and have a chat with Liam (and us) afterwards.

Tickets sold now and HERE.

Bella's Requiem

Rarely do we get films made by filmmakers who have only been on this Earth for 15 years (or less). And even rearer is the case when a film made by young filmmakers has the level of quality that ‘Bella’s Requiem’ does.

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We’ve talked to Joel Black - one of the young creators - so without further ado enjoy the interview.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
“South London teen filmmakers take on the big boys”

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?
The end result of all hard work and progress made throughout the journey. The learning process from start to finish, and the ability to understand and appreciate how films are produced gives us an enjoyment that you cannot find elsewhere.

Why this film?
We wrote this film when we were 13 years old and filmed when we were 14, we are now 15 and keen to show the world what we are capable of. We have grown with this story and become very attached to our characters. A group of young boys, coming of age and the conspiracy surrounding an unresolved mystery along with an intricate narrative mixed with crushing betrayal make this, our debut film a must see in our opinion.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
Idris Elba, because he can carry a strong antagonist role - Rosamund Pike, because she can appreciate a very serious role and Alex Lawther, since he is perfect for the thriller genre, one of our favourite genres to create.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
As young filmmakers we want to be taken seriously and for our work to be respected. We want to make films that intelligently challenge viewers and also entertain. We are keen to make partnerships with older more experienced filmmakers and industry professionals from whom we can learn and develop.

Join us 16.4. at 19.30 (tickets right HERE) and watch their film, meet them at the Q&A and have a chat afterwards.
But for now enjoy the trailer!

Rituals For Change

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.

Leanne Davis

Leanne Davis

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.

2:40 to London

It’s surreal, has a sneaky plot, a lot of lumbersexual and chilli with a secret ingredient!

It’s also an award-winning short film made by an award-winning director (and that’s a lot of awards won in a sentence!)
Meet Gavin, a Northern-Irish writer/director based in London. He’s studied film in Wales, was also a photographer, artist and a musician. An all-around guy one could say.

Gavin Irvine

Gavin Irvine

We’ve dared to ask Irvine a couple of questions just so you get to know him better before watching his film and chatting with him live.

CineShots: There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?

Gavin Irvine: The newspaper: Practical Pigs
Headline: Dependably fresh. Dependably delicious. Cookstown Sausages are the best!

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?

GI: Being tied to the whipping post.

CS: Why this film?

GI: Because I missed the 1:40 to London.

CS: You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...

GI: I'd have a time machine built and nip back to collect Betty Davis, Charles Laughton, Peter Sellers, Oliver Reed and Marlon Brando.

CS: What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?

GI: Not to miss the 2:40 to London again, not to be tied to the whipping post again, hope that my Cookstown Sausages are always dependably fresh and dependably delicious, and that someone builds me a time machine soon

Gavin’s film 2:40 to London will be screened at CineShots 16.4.2019. Enjoy the trailer below!

'When Saturn Returns' on CineShots 2.0

There’s all kinds of love stories and all kinds of ways to tell them.
When Saturn Returns picked a certain kind of love story we haven’t really seen on screen yet. With a witty script, masterful camera and amazing locations this short is a pleasant dessert.
Mihai Bruma - the Moldovian creator of this gem - is defenitely one to look out for.

Enjoy the trailer and make sure you get your tickets - https://bit.ly/2BPK39w