‘breaking the silence.’: selection roundup

breaking the silence.‘ continues a healthy festival run, now stopping in at Leeds (as part of Adventure Cinemas Film and Food Festival on September 2nd 2021), Istanbul (as a quarter finalist of the Crossroads International Short Film Festival between October 1st and 16th 2021) and Bradford (as part of the 2021 Drunken Film Festival between November 1st and 30th 2021)… So proud that this film is spreading its message so far and wide.

‘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!