storytelling

Hunting

There’s different levels of grieving. And Hunting deals with ones on the top of the scale. And manages to find the key to it as well. Quite literally.

And because we think you are special and deserve double the fun we’ve got a double interview. With Katie the producer and Jack the director.

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Katie: Has anyone seen this person? She might be hiding in a cupboard somewhere surrounded by budgets.
Jack: If I was selling something I imagine it would be rather boring — a bank account or washing up liquid — something disappointing sensible. I just hope I got paid well...

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?
K: The difficulty is the organisation of all the 'small things' that often get overlooked - the getting kit from a kit house to a location and where to store it and who will drive it etc as an example - there are always small things that can easily turn out to be big things if you let them be but the worthwhile thing about this crazy world of filmmaking is that it's a puzzle with thousands of pieces and the moment it all comes together and everyone is smiling - you know you have done your job well.
J: I think it’s something to do with a film being a collection of other works of art — some larger than the film — the music composition, the architecture and design of the art department, the writer, the actors, the photography of the DoP. I’m drawn to the curation of other people’s brilliance. I love that it’s collaborative: maybe that shared endeavour is what makes the difficult moments both easier (a team alongside you) and worth it.

Why this film?
K: It was the twist that got me, I felt really intrigued by the script which was brilliant and felt flipped by the ending - I knew it was going to be a great one to make. Jack is a brilliant Director so it was a great one to help bring to life for him.
J:
I was flat-hunting and it struck me how invasive looking around a property is: how vulnerable the person living there, but out at the time, is. How a simple estate agents viewing could be manipulated by someone to darker ends. Plus it wasn’t too big a challenge to take on for my first film: two people, one location, performance driven.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
K: Constraints are what makes a film - that's where the passion lies. You get the real determination come out when you have hurdles to climb. That said though, developing a TV series such as The Affair would be a dream.
J: I’m not sure I’d want to work without constraints — for me restrictions (budget, time, my ideas) seem to help foster my creativity. But I’d love to adapt a sweeping multi-generation novel (see my answer to question 2 — other people’s art)

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
K: To continue to produce exciting content that moves people. I'm working towards my first feature and have written a pilot for a TV series which has been an ongoing project of mine.
J: To keep directing alongside my work as an actor. To take on new challenges and explore new genres and mediums.

Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
K: @huntingfilm
J: @mrjackhawkins and @likeahawkfilms

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Hunting - with all of its’ twists and turns - will be screened July 9th at 19.30 at the Streatham Space Project. Be there or be somehwere else.
Tickets, as usual, HERE.

#eatpretty

This month CineShots is the ‘Sisters of the Silver Screen Special’! Which means all of the six selected films ahve been made by female filmmakers.
Yes #eatpretty is about the whole Instagram influence overdosing. But it’s different. Yes it’s about how our values are going in the wrong direction. But it’s different.
It’s still life. But it’s different.

#eatpretty

#eatpretty

Rebecca Culverhouse is the mastermind behind the fine art that is #eatpretty. Here’s what she told us:

There is an ad in a newspaper with your photo in it. What does it say?
Filmmaker from Burnley discovers portal to a parallel world - documentary out now!

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've always enjoyed painting, photography and writing as well as filmmaking, especially as these art forms allow me complete artistic freedom to create whatever I want at any time. But I'm addicted to the filmmaking process. It's the buzz of infecting a team of people with a make believe world, and everyone is passionate about bringing something of themselves to the story. And the harder the struggle to get a film made, the more rewarding it is when you are finally able to bring a film to life and share it with the public.

Why this film?
There's that phrase "You are what you eat". I think this also applies to what ideas you take in or allow to occupy your mind. Now more than ever we face overwhelming amounts of information, ideas and aspirational images, both real and fake. Social media's hypnotic corporate influence encourages an endless sense of longing, where our lives or our bodies are never quite good enough. #eatpretty focuses on the pretty dream world many of us inhabit online, chasing products and brands that have been sold to us as tokens that will bring us status and happiness. It also hints at the ugly truth lurking beneath - that we are collectively destroying the world and ourselves in our quest for a “perfect” life. The scary part for me is that we are becoming trained to be so wrapped up in ourselves that we don't realise that we are becoming isolated and distracted from huge environmental and socio-political events.

You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
A sci fi action film about a body swapping assassin, starring Viola Davis and Oscar Isaac.

What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I'm currently working on an experimental project about synaesthesia, as well as adapting a short film I made in Japan into a feature script.

Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
My website: https://www.rebeccaculverhouse.com/
Instagram: @rebel_cub / @annaeatspretty
Twitter: @kichigai_movie

Rebecca Culverhouse

Rebecca Culverhouse

So now you know!
To see #eatpretty pop by at Streatham Space Project 9th July at 19.30 and watch all six short films.
Tickets HERE.

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.