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I’m a big fan of the isolated lovers on the run story structure so was naturally drawn to London directing duo Mathy & Fran’s latest film Elsewhere. The pair joined me to discuss bringing parallel scripts together, and why you should be wary when location scouting in Summer for a late ...
Elsewhere (2010) Two ‘lovers on the run’ head into the middle of nowhere, armed only with strange trinkets and a silver boombox. A journey of love, loss and destruction, all set to a mixtape cassette.
We last spoke to documentary director Ashley Sabin back in 2007 for Kamp Katrina, the feature doc she co-directed with David Redmon. She joins us again to discuss their new documentary, Girl Model and how access can shape the form of a project from the earliest stages. We really wanted viewers to experience ...
Girl Model (2011) Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her, Girl Model follows a complex global supply chain of young girls sent abroad to seek their fortunes in the unregulated and often murky world of the modeling industry.
For their post-Katrina, coming of age story Daneeta Loretta & Patrick Jackson drew from fact to create the powerful docudrama short Destiny Lives Down the Road. They join me to discuss utilising production techniques that maximise their crew of two, such as live locations and casting individuals ...
Destiny Lives Down the Road (2011) Living in a small town sucks for seventeen year old Destiny, especially after an environmental disaster. Deadbeat dad, mom drunk every night, her fantasy is to dance her way out of this hell hole and bring her sisters too. When she joins a dance school after a five year [...]
Matt Jay’s short Any Day Now explores the life of a young woman as she attempts to navigate a new city and her role as ‘the other woman’. Matt joins us to discuss moving beyond a scandal to reveal the motivations of those involved and using the long take to convey a character’s ...
Any Day Now (2011) Twenty-three year old small town beauty Sam has just arrived in New York. Pulling her there, are hardly fleshed out hopes of a modeling career. Following her there, is a long standing relationship with a married politician, that may or may not have a place in the next phase of her [...]
Most directors know that if they can concentrate on pulling great performances from their actors the battle’s half won, but it’s not quite that simple when your leads are a pair of hands. Director Tom Willems joins us this week to discuss how his short Left Right demanded he craft a new approach ...
Left Right (2011) What if your left arm gets jealous of your right arm? The left arm of Boris is jealous of the right one. After 35 years of neglect, it decides to take matters into his own hand(s).
Director David Easteal’s short The Father explores redemption and sacrifice after an unnamed dereliction of duty. David joins us to discuss capturing reality and how it’s possible for an audience to discover themes in a film its director was unaware of. I like something to seem real […] ...
The Father (2011) Haunted by his past, a man searches for forgiveness. Getting it however, may come at a cost.
Nikias Chryssos’ short Tower Block is the exception to the rule of keeping shorts under the 20 minute mark. Running at nearly 40 minutes it’s an enthralling blend of social realism and flights of fancy, which tell the story of a young boy’s quest for a father figure in an environment ...
Tower Block (2006) Daniel and his older brother Patrick live together in a tower block in Germany. Patrick forces Daniel to go around collecting money and plays sadistic games with him. Daniel escapes into fantasy worlds. As he suffers more and more from his brother’s tyranny, he believes to have ...
Dutch artist and filmmaker Rosto is well know for creating intriguing, dark themed work which spans multiple forms of media. His latest, The Monster of Nix, is an existential animated musical fairytale, suitable for kids from 10 to 100. Rosto joins us to discuss not pinning yourself down to a single ...
The Monster of Nix (2011) Life is good in the idyllic fairy tale village of Nix… Until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone…
We’ve followed the work of director Matt Lambert for a while here on DN, so were pleased when he debuted his filmic collaboration with fashion label UMASAN, which is undoubtedly his most ambitious short to date. Matt joined us to discuss punk rock filmmaking and traveling the globe to find the ...
UMASAN (2011) A micro and macro transformative journey that explores the poetry and evolution of human form and movement for Berlin-based fashion label, Umasan. Fuck Machines (2010) We are nothing but fuck machines. – NSFW
We’ve seen a fair amount of indie features this year, but a couple of our favourites came as a double bill comprising director Zach Weintraub’s Bummer Summer and The International Sign for Choking. Zach joins us this week to discuss the merits of getting back to your indie roots and why roller ...
Bummer Summer (2010) Seventeen year-old Isaac tags along on an impromptu road trip with his older brother Ben and Ben’s ex-girlfriend Lila. The trip staggers along uncertainly as the trio’s delicate and ambiguous dynamic is made increasingly weaker by the brothers’ mutual feelings for ...
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