Teenage love is a serious thing.
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.
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.