‘breaking the silence.’: Top Indie Film Awards

breaking the silence. is an award winning film!

The Top Indie Film Awards have honoured the film with a ‘Best Message’ award, and nominated it for ‘Best Short’ and Lauren Gill for ‘Best Director’.

A lovely way to round off the month of May

‘breaking the silence.’: Review and A Statement

With permission, we made this film using the testimonies of women who shared their experiences with us. Their words were voiced by a mixture of professional and emerging actors.

We have a duty to protect the people who said those words, as well as women who may find affinity and commonality with what is voiced.

The point of the film is to continue these conversations. The same conversations that have been happening publicly and privately for, well, ever.

The language of this review was originally damaging, having spoken to UK Film Review, some of that has been changed. Whilst we acknowledge and appreciate that changes have been made to the language, we are still concerned that the issues around the tone of the review have not been addressed.

A review which doesn’t appear to recognise that this isn’t – unfortunately – a new headline belittles the ongoing fight. If anything, it underscores and makes the content even more relevant, however inadvertently. When these issues weren’t confronted, the message of our film became, if possible, more important.

We hope to share ‘breaking the silence.’ with a wider audience at film festivals, and eventually via digital distribution, and allow it to be another beacon in the fight for equal rights for 49.6% of the global population. In doing so, we also acknowledge the problematics with seeing gender as binary, and share this message with other gender recognitions who face gendered violence on a daily basis.

The artistic merit of a film is up for grabs, the belittling of its message definitely should not be.

Lauren Gill – Director, co-writer
Ivan Mack – co-producer, co-writer
Dermot Daly – co-producer, co-writer

(The review in question, by UK Film Review, can be found here.)

Bye bye 2020

It’s almost the end of 2020.
The end of 2020.
Can you believe it?

What a year.

We’ve not had a huge amount of output this year for various reasons but there’s been some lovely stuff that we’ve been involved in.

We were super proud to see Reverse Darwinism land on streaming platforms early this year and whilst we were hoping for some good news on an exciting new short – and then the pandemic hit.

As with much of the world we stopped.

Then, director Tess Farley asked us to be involved in a new project – a film made during lockdown about lockdown. And we did. It won awards. And none of the team have been in the same room together. Super proud of ‘We Still Believe in Love’.

Next year we launch a really important socially engaged film by a new director – we’re super excited…

Our films of the year this year have been sparse – mostly because cinemas and festivals haven’t really happened in the same way.
The few that we’ve seen/liked are:
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho
Rocks – Sarah Gavron
About Endless – Roy Andersson

And the following have been suggested by our friend, the brilliant director Kash Arshad:
The Vast of Night – Andrew Patterson
Extra Ordinary – Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
The 40 Year Old Version – Radha Blank

Stay safe, stay well, here’s hoping for a balanced 2021

‘We Still Believe in Love’: Premiere!

83098480_10157404381132616_2795614884643995648_nWe made a film in lockdown with Out From Under… and it’s released tonight on United We Stream (straight after a DJ Battle between the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the Mayor of Liverpool City-Region(!)) and will be available online straight afterwards with a bunch of other commissioned art.

We’re massively proud of this short and hope that you enjoy it too… a record of this period of human history… in Manchester!

‘Reverse Darwinism’: Now available to buy or stream

reverse darwinism poster JANUARY 2020.jpgWe’re over the moon to say that the ‘delightfully absurd’ Reverse Darwinism is now available to buy or stream.

We’re so proud of this film which has won several awards around the world and still makes us laugh… we hope that it makes you guffaw as well, as you watch it on your phone, tablet, computer, or tv.

It is available on Amazon Prime (if you’re a Prime customer you can watch for free – we’ve listed links to country specific sites on the film page!) but we hope that our distributor will find more ways to bring the short to you wherever you happen to be in the world… If you do watch, feel free to leave a review!

Don’t forget that you can also stream Ecce Homo and It Wouldn’t Change Me and Excursion to the Mountains as well!

 

‘Reverse Darwinism’: Lift Off Sessions

SESSJ20204 Poster.PNGReverse Darwinism roars into the 2020’s with an official selection in an online film festival!

The Lift Off Sessions is an online film festival run by the Lift Off Global network, where, for the price of admission to a ‘physical’ festival, you get access to a festival which is screening an avalanche of short and mid-length films which you get to watch in the order that you like, wherever you like.

The winners of the festival go through to screen at the legendary Pinewood Studios!

…And this is where you come in – from now until Jan 19th you can rent the entire festival on Vimeo and then follow the instructions in the introductory video there to vote for your favourite two films (we’re obviously hoping that Reverse Darwinism will be one of them) and thats it!

You can find the festival here – Reverse Darwinism is film number 11

Oh, and Happy New Year!

…fin de la décennie…

Not quite fin de siècle but near enough.

We’ve made it… almost.
We made it through another revolve around the sun.

2019 has been yet another great year for us here with further screenings for Excursion to the Mountains around the world and it being distributed digitally. Reverse Darwinism gaining some of the best reviews we’ve had, a clutch of awards and nominations, and it to finding its way around the world – don’t be surprised to see that one pick up some form of distribution in the coming months!

So as we look forward – we see some lovely projects on the horizon, one is in the mix now and is directed by a new, young exciting talent, there’s a smaller musically inclined project which also might see the light of day in 2020 and a larger project which, if we pull it off will be immense… but as ever, we can’t tell you anything!

Oh, and our films of the year, in no particular order:

Us – Jordan Peele
Bait – Mark Jenkin
Sorry We Missed You – Ken Loach
The Souvenir – Joanna Hogg
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – JJ Abrams
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
Joker – Todd Phillips
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
Little Women – Greta Gerwig
The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
Harriet – Kasi Lemmons

Thank you for stopping by, thanks for watching the films at festivals or streaming them or both, thanks for reviewing them, programming them and critiquing them – it feels very much that in the UK we’re going to have to re-find our sense of community and spread that bruderschaft far and wide.