Wednesday, 9 May 2018

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER - (NEWS) Filmmaker Amanda Curtis-Christie


Tell us about your beloved Facebook Group; FILMMAKERS FORUM?
I started the group 10 years ago while completing my MA, my education & background are in TV & Film production, I loved so many films as kid but Star Wars stuck with me and so did Jaws.
My favourite director changes as well I like Tarantino, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Kubrick- the list is endless, Best film of 2017? probably Darkest Hour- Gary Oldman was fantastic in it.

How do you think film distribution will evolve in the future? 
Distribution I think will continue to become more platform based rather than traditionally at the cinema. I think cinemas are becoming too expensive for a lot of people and will run out of gimmicks to encourage people inside. I think they need to drop prices to encourage people to attend more regularly as I think audiences are less likely to take risks and experiment with their viewing choices if they know they have to spend a bomb on a film that they might not enjoy. 
If it’s inexpensive people aren’t as worried if the film wasn’t as good as they had hoped. Subscription based membership is all very good but many don’t provide cheaper options for concessions or children which puts people off. If you have kids the majority of the time you will need to take them with you to see film and I think it’s short sighted that cinemas aren’t introducing child rate subscriptions or even offers like they have in many theatres where a child can go free with an adult. Cinemas need to be more competitive with their prices, especially as many films are available on media such as SKY within a few months of being in the cinemas.

How do you feel about the rebellious PINK8 cinema manifesto? 
It's a reflection of what is often seen in the industry.


What are you currently working on?
We are currently working on a film turning the lyrics of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity into a short film, We used special image dice to create stories to use as a jumping off point to make the films.

You're obviously very supportive of many types of filmmakers how do you see your movies evolving in the future? 
Because I am hard of hearing and I volunteer teaching disabled adults filmmaking, I hope to promote using disabled actors and cast members through future films.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

THE EXPLOSIVE FILMMAKER - MEET FABRIZIO FEDERICO


Interview with the out of control auteur underground filmmaker. 

You've kept a low profile recently is that for any particular reason?
Been creating my next Frankenstein, it's more interesting then going out to events. People dont realise that about me, I work very hard I dont just show up on the set high as a kite and throw things at actors, I do everything. I produce, make the music, edit, direct. It makes me laugh when I read some of the end-credits to films, that they required 200-300 people to make a simple indie movie. Im more than a filmmaker, Im a generalissimo.

What do you mean by that?
See a true director would understand exactly what I meant by that. Fellini would understand, so would Kubrick or Von Trier. Its the force, alchemy, the ability to create a pure vision, to not doubt your muse. It's confidence and you just stamp it all over your film. People connect with a character's loss, it rings true. Doesn't matter if the ship sinks as long as it's your ship.

When you mention the muse has that ever backfired?
Depends what your passions are and the films context. I base my films on what I read at the supermarket, the people I meet and the zeitgeist of today's cultural ghetto. Dread is the great factor of our time; school shootings, Russian spies, the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. I could pretend to make a happy fake fantasy but I'll leave that to mainstream cinema. Im into decadence, glitter and aliens.  



You're known as a film aficionado and into mysticism, is there anything else that makes up your influences?
Im a bit of a method director so whatever the films about I become addicted to it, so in Loon its full of serial killer psychology and black verse, but in Teddy Bears Live Forever the character only eats cheese & milk so that's all I ate, and she loves snakes so I found a snake farm in Romania and got to have an Anaconda strangle me just to feel it's power. I also became obsessed with art like Kostabi and Munch, but Richey Edwards lyrics about women's emotional pain really influenced the film. His lyrics are a crucible, women will forever be fascinating and a mystery.

Have you ever had trouble making a film?
Yes each film is difficult, thats whats humbling, getting your ass kicked is good for you.
But you should always fight back though. I realised that Im supposed to make mayhem in films while my characters dance around an African bonfire into oblivion. 

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

SHE IS SUFFERING - Richey Edwards influence on upcoming movie


The late glamorous Richey Edwards, guitarist of the Manic Street Preachers, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1995, has seen his lyrics become the inspiration for an upcoming film currently in production.  

Filmmaker Fabrizio Federico's next movie Teddy Bears Live Forever will be taking it's inspirations from Edward's final album with the Manic's, The Holy Bible. 
Considered one of the most harrowing albums ever recorded, it's lyrics are a horror show of desperation, elegance and self-affliction which reflect Edwards genius and eye for capturing the chilling beauty of suffering throughout the ages. 
An avid and voracious reader of political history and existential literature authors such as Primo Levi, Albert Camus, Philip Larkin, Yukio Mishima and Fyodor Dostoyevsky - his feelings of alienation and worthlessness were clearly reflected in his heartfelt lyrics which created a cult of personality around the guitarist.
Upon his disappearance a media frenzy occurred resulting in copycat disappearances, "a cause celebre among depressives, alcoholics, anorexics and self-mutilators, because he was the first person in the public eye to talk openly about these subjects, not with swaggering bravado and a subtext of "look how tortured and cool I am", but with humility, sense and, often, bleak humour" said The Times newspaper.

Federico has based this new film around a faded ''It girl'' called April suffering from severe multiple personality disorder, ''a lot of people identify with Richey, especially girls, there's something about his vulnerability that draws people in'' says the filmmaker, ''his lyrics are better then any script, they are so descriptive, especially songs like '4st 7lb', 'She Is Suffering' & 'Archives Of Pain' -  his talent for observation & detail are on a par with that of a criminologist, I find them incredibly inspirational and almost secret.''

The film looks at bringing Richey's alarming lyrics and infusing them with psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud was very resistant towards cinema and psychoanalysis coexisting, thinking it impossible to render the psychoanalytic process cinematically. Actress Marilyn Monroe famously used to go to her analyst for inspiration regarding character roles, Monroe was also one of Edwards favourite icons.   

The film was shot in 7 days in a bedroom as April discloses her world and struggles to have one of her personalities lose her virginity. ''It's a very intimate and poetic film, I want people to feel close to this character in the same way Richey's fans felt close to him, he was very brave talking about his feelings, I listened to that album not stop during that week and we could feel his aura during the films making, I dont know if he's dead or alive but it was unnerving and his presence is in the movie.''

Teddy Bears Live Forever  will be released in 2019
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Saturday, 17 March 2018

THE JIMI HENDRIX OF CINEMA - Filmmaker Fabrizio Federico's Next Movie


''This film has no rules, it's an orgy of sight & sound stitched together to create mania.'' Movie-maker Fabrizio Federico's vision for his next film Teddy Bears Live Forever is miles away from being finished but finding it's voice organically is something that excites the underground filmmaker who is currently working on the editing phase of the film, ''I let the stars lead the way.''

The film explores the idea of the 'It girl' which was first personified by actress Clara Bow in the movie 'It' (1927), which helped usher in the age of the flapper girl in the roaring 20's along with wild child Louise Brooks. The role of the vivacious, sexual, youth-quake is something every teenage girl must live up to, and tame, due to the countless magazines and music videos depicting this type of personality

Over the years there have been many 'It girls' who have captured our hedonistic times, such as Kate Moss, Twiggy, Cornelia Guest, Paris Hilton, Kendall Jenner... but there are even more examples of tragic lives cut short due to the pressures and seductions of fame, such as, Gia, Donyale Luna, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Peaches Geldof and Edie Sedgwick.

Teddy Bears Live Forever captures the life of a faded 'It girl' called April who is suffering from multiple personality disorder. Housebound she struggles with the voices in her head and brings to light her severe childhood traumas. Even though April is not a virgin one of her personalities is and wants to lose her virginity, so she sets out on her journey to solve this problem in order to quiet the voices in her head.

Teddy Bears Live Forever will be released in 2019
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Friday, 16 March 2018

MESSY FILMS: BRITISH EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA



Artist-filmmakers scorn when mainstream film plots explain things too much for an audience, it simply ruins the mystery. 
Letting people observe the characters is more rewarding for them because time is meaningless in cinema, it is eternal.
The thrill of watching non-professional actors & relishing their mistakes: as if you're watching a behind the scenes film, tricks the the viewer into not knowing if they are experiencing fact or fiction, while focusing on the dark side of cinema.

  • Borderline (1930) - Kenneth Macpherson
  • Herostratus (1967) - Don Levy
  • Loon (2017) - Fabrizio Federico
  • The Lacey Rituals (1973) - Bruce Lacey & Jill Bruce
  • The Sky Trembles & the Earth Is Afraid.. (2015) - Ben Rivers
  • Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) - Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen
  • Blackbird Descending – Tense Alignment (1977) - Malcolm Le Grice
  • Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair (1978) - Susan Shapiro, Esther Ronay & Francine Winham
  • Jubilee (1979) - Derek Jarman
  • So That You Can Live (1982) - Cinema Action
  • London (1994) - Patrick Keiller
  • By Our Selves (2015) - Andrew Kötting
  • Sleep Has Her House (2017) - Scott Barley 

These British experimental feature films; elliptical, black & white with a non-commercial improvised drama, feature much bewilderment with violent passages of avant-garde kinetic abstraction, whose hypnotic compositions & existential puzzles cheerily tests the physicality, endurance and intellect of an audience. 

Experimental DIY with no symmetry usually bewilders modern audiences on first viewings, but what endures is a lasting riddle, similar to a disorientating enigma while stretched out on the psychoanalysis coach of life. A captivating revelation for future cinefiles to discover. 

Fabrizio Federico - Film Retrospective


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

TEDDY BEARS LIVE FOREVER (2019) THE STORY OF A BROKEN ''IT GIRL''


The idea of the 'It girl' was first personified by actress Clara Bow in the movie 'It' (1927) which helped usher in the age of the flapper girl in the roaring 20's along with wild child Louise Brooks. The role of the vivacious, sexual, youth-quake is something every teenage girl must live up to, and tame due to the countless magazines and music videos depicting this type of personality

Over the years there have been many 'It girls' who have captured our hedonistic times, such as Kate Moss, Twiggy, Cornelia Guest, Paris Hilton, Kendall Jenner... but there are even more examples of tragic lives cut short due to the pressures and seductions of fame, such as, Gia, Donyale Luna, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Peaches Geldof and Edie Sedgwick.

Teddy Bears Live Forever captures the life of a faded 'It girl' called April who is suffering from multiple personality disorder. House bound she struggles with the voices in her head and brings to light her severe childhood traumas. Even though April is not a virgin one of her personalities is and wants to lose her virginity, so she sets out on her journey to solve this problem in order to quiet the voices in her head.

Teddy Bears Live Forever will be released in 2019
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