cinema

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.

The Fourth Trimester

The Third film in our Sisters Of The Silver Screen CineShots is about the greatest power of women - the power to give life. Which can quite often turn into a burden no one really talks about.

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Phoebe McCaughley is the single mother of this beautiful project. Here’s what she had to say about giving birth to this film:

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
She likes to move it: Phoebe McCaughley an animation graduate who tells stories through her hands.

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 believe that Stop Motion; the type of film making I use is pretty high up there on the unpleasant scale. The nature of the medium means I have to be stuck in a dark room for hours on end contorting my body into uncomfortable repetitive positions to bring these puppets to life at a ridiculously slow pace. The puppets I create from their beginnings of wire skeletons then go on to come to life on screen with their own personalities, it is the most magical and satisfying feeling.

Why this film?
The birth of babies is often portrayed on television, but there’s very little about how difficult looking after a new-born can be for many parents. Through interviews and research I found the topic to be taboo, because you’re immediately supposed to have a love for your baby that is incomparable to anything else. This is not always the case. I sought to communicate the reality of the struggle that many new parents face and open a conversation to challenge the mainstream portrayal of childbirth. I thought that the medium of stop motion film would be suited to a subject which requires empathy as the technique requires care and human touch. Though touching on a sensitive and serious topic, elements of humour in the film make it more relatable and uplifting. I often reverse the roles of mother and baby to communicate feelings of vulnerability.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want…
I would love to make a comical horror film; I’m very inspired by the work of Lee Hardcastle. In terms of cast, I think I would always like to stick to the miniature lifeless puppet type but if I were to pick voice actors, that would be a privilege as I often have to convince my boyfriend to turn himself into any given character. I think Michaela Coel and David Tennant would be great in a Horror animation.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I’m not too sure on what specifically I’d like to do yet as I have enjoyed switching between roles of maker, mover and director. I hope that my creativity continues to grow in whatever role I take next. I enjoy telling stories which reflect the details of life that are often overlooked.

Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
My Instagram is @phoebestopmotion
My Website is
www.phoebemcc.co.uk

Phoebe McCaughley

Phoebe McCaughley

The Fourth Simester will be screened, along with five other female-made short films, 9.7. at 19.30 at the Streatham Space Project.
Make sure you get your tickets right over HERE.

Bath

Can one word ruin a holiday? Can it ruin a relationship? Or can it build one?
So little words, so many questions!

Bath is written and directed by Meredith Dobbs whom we are more than delighted to host for the second time at CineShots. And she never manages to let us down. Meredith, take it away.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Maybe an interview about a film I've made? But an advertisement? I don't know what it would be for.

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 just genuinely love working with actors and a team of filmmakers. If I'm going to anything worthwhile worth my time, it will always be this.

Why this film?
I wanted to tell a story about invisible queerness and how hard it can be to stand up and say, "I want this invisible thing to be seen." I was trying to work out how a loving partner could be the antagonist that, to create the central conflict in my film, and I thought about how politics can affect our intimate relationships negatively. So invisible queerness and politics in relationships became the central themes, and I think both are quite topical and relatable.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
Casting would depend on the project, but I'd definitely want to work with actors I get along with really well. I think that's especially important for improv, because the method requires the director and actor to ask a lot of each other. As for the unlimited budget, I'd use it to make sure everyone on set was paid fairly, had reasonable working hours, childcare on set, long enough breaks between shifts, etc. And after that we can talk about crane shots and expensive GFX.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I want to write and direct narrative features. And probably edit them, too. I'd also like to edit features directed by others because I do really love editing.

Meredith Dobbs

Meredith Dobbs

We won’t tell you much about the film but let’s just say there’a a lot at stake here. And you’ll just have to pop down to the ol’ Streatham Space Project on 11.6. at 19.30 to see how it all unrolls.
Tickets right HERE.

"Have You Seen Buster?"

If CineShots was a Scooby Doo cartoon Emmanuel Li and his gang would be a bunch of meddling kids and we, the old guys, would always be angry at them for showing everyone we’re just a bunch of pretenders.
And that’s because the guys behind The Big Tent Films know their ropes pretty well.

We interogated Emmanuel Lie - writer and director of Have You Seen Buster? - in a haunted castle right after his Mistery Machine van broke down.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
It'd be a very unflattering photo of me followed by "MISSING: Have You Seen Emmanuel Li? Last Seen in the Walthamstow Marshes."

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?
Film is such a unique and fantastic art form in its accessibility and ability to appeal to absolutely everyone. I've always had a passion for stories and to be able to have the creative control and freedom to bring a story to life from script to screen is intensely rewarding. The process is, of course, arduous and often frustrating, be it writer's block or on-set complications, but filmmaking being the ultimate team sport, working with so many talented people, sharing in these ups and downs, solving problems together, all while striving to tell a great story will never cease to spark joy in me. And hopefully, when all is said and done, it will spark joy in the audience as well.

Why this film?
Having just come off making a bleak, gritty drama last summer, with many more dark comedies in the works, I wanted to take a departure and make something sweet and charming without any cynicism. I love dogs but have never had one, so part of the "searching-for-a-dog" plot came from that. The location also played a big part - exploring Walthamstow Village made me think of all the wacky characters that could inhabit such a colourful, vibrant world, a world I desperately wanted to share with audiences. Being a magician, I love twists and I won't spoil it here, but the ending came from something that happened that was really close to me, which was the main inspiration for the film.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
Wow, what an opportunity! I'd make a darkly comedic Neo-Western crime caper - think Reservoir Dogs with a Coen Brothers twist. It'd be set in harsh, urban LA and then transition to the gorgeous, sunswept backdrop of the Mojave Desert and hell, the Grand Canyon while we're at it! It'd follow a ragtag bunch of criminals who made off with the wrong suitcase containing something seemingly worthless but are now hunted by rival gangs, a corrupt detective with a crossbow, and a female assassin whose preferred method of transport is horseback. It'd star Taron Egerton, Daniel Kaluuya, Dean Norris, Timothee Chalamet, Joaquin Phoenix, and Charlize Theron. It's a crazy, chaotic wild ride and maybe even a bit messy and trashy, but among the madness, I'd love to explore what drives people to commit crime and the complex disparity between generations through the father-sons relationship of the main group.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
My dream would be to continue doing what I love - filmmaking and storytelling - for the rest of my life and be lucky enough to make a living out of it. There's nothing quite like the collective sharing of a story through film, and to be able to provide that experience and create art that makes the drudgery of life that much more bearable would be an honour.

Emmanuel Li

Emmanuel Li

To see if anyone’s seen Buster you’ll have to pop to Streatham Space Project 11.6. at 19.30 and watch the film with five other amazing shorts. Emmanuel will also be there for Q&A and your regular autographs.
Make sure you get your TICKETS.

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!

Where is Europe?

The last few years have been very strongly marked by migrating crisis all over the world. Some resulting in dividing countries, some in people’s lives being lost.
Where is Europe went on board a rescue vessel that was right in the middle of it all.

Valentina Signorelli, the director, answered the CineShots questionnaire.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Valentina Signorelli (PhD Film) is a professional writer and producer based in London, UK. In 2016 she co-founded Daitona production in Italy, recently awarded as the most innovative young production company of the country. 

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 idea that what you first had in mind can potentially reach millions of people and make a positive impact on their lives. 

Why this film?
This film is set on board the NGO migrant rescue vessel Aquarius, the same kept stuck at sea in 2018 for over a week and with 629 refugees onboard. Where is Europe? explores one of the most tragic humanitarian crisis through the eyes of the humanitarian operators in their everyday life on board the rescue vessel.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I would love to produce a series out of this short exploring who are the people of Europe today and what is the impact of the EU on their everyday life. Each episode would follow the life of a group of Europeans living in a strategical, geographical, political or cultural area in the hope to promote awareness and call for cooperation. 

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
With another couple of colleagues, I run a small production company based in Italy, Daitona. In the near future, I would like to expand our network and co-produce other projects with new partners around the world.

Valentina Signorelli

Valentina Signorelli

The amazing short Where is Europe will be screened 145.2019 at Streatham Space Project.
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Jo and Jade

Teenage love is a serious thing.
Seriously.
Especially if told through an amazing story directed by an even more amazing teenage director (we demand an ID as we don’t really believe he’s that young) Ethan Ross.

We’ve had a quick e-chat with Ethan and threw our usual set of questions at him. Here’s what we got back:

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
I think were it a photo of me, it'd be something like “A young director from north london making waves in indie film community" or something like that - nothing too show-offy!
Were it for Jo and Jade (the short film), it'd be "fresh and subversive lgbt romcom makes a splash, despite its young team". I'd be  much keener to promote the film than myself!

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?
Although it's a difficult process, I really couldn't stand not creating - it's like my sustenance, and at this point I find it boring to relax... I prefer to be working on a script, or fine tuning some cutting! I absolutely love the feeling of having made something I really feel is my own, that I'm proud of, and that I'm happy to show to people. Along with the camaraderie of the shoot, that feeling really makes it worth it.

Why this film?
In terms of modern cinema, i feel the simple teen movie is a bit underrepresented in the mainstream, as opposed to the 80s where you had people like John Hughes making those amazing films we all love. I wanted to make something honest, in the way it presented characters and situations, and in the way that, well, those classic films tend to have very idealistic happy endings, and I felt that wasn't really very truthful to actual teenage life.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I'd really love to make a musical, so probably that - but definitely set in London, I feel like there aren't enough musicals properly set here. I'd want to cast Saoirse Ronan and John Goodman because they're both amazing and would have pretty great chemistry. I'm tearing up just at the idea.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
Ultimately, I'd like to make films full-time, with nothing else on the side, preferably as a director, but if not, probably as an editor. In the shorter term, I'd like to get my work into some festivals where people can really see my work, but that's not the most important thing. The dream for me is just to improve as much as possible, and to make something I'm unfalteringly proud of. That'd be great.

Ethan Ross

Ethan Ross

Jo and Jade will be screened at May’s CineShots on 14.5.2019.
Tickets available HERE and don’t forget to bring everyone you know.

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.

Liam Pinheiro-Rogers

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.