Fresh off its October world premiere in New York at the Artists Forum Festival of The Moving Image, the award-winning short documentary Lost In The Nameless City screens in the official selection of the DocFilm Festival this Friday the 17th of November in a showcase screening and a part of the Documentary Media Month. Head to the Documentary Media Centre between 4-6pm with free entry to watch the film. Check out the press release below.
I've really been blessed that John Coster, journalist and director of the DocFilm Festival, has been interested in my work for the last few years and always given my work a home with selecting The Ice Cream Men, A Film By Abigail and The Next Room to screen at his events. Now in its 8th year I'm glad to see the DocFilm Festival in my hometown of Leicester continuing to progress and wholeheartedly support its growth as it boasts its unique programme and diverse selection of documentary forms on offer.
The feature documentary New Town Utopia that I worked on "about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex" had a preview screening at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon on 21st of October. I was on it briefly as a production assistant shooting on location and then I also edited an initial assembly trailer for director Christopher Smith. The film has moved from strength to strength completing a successful crowd-funding campaign earlier in 2017 and then the casting of Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP as the narrator.
I hadn't seen the film in its entirety, only portions I'd worked on or with, so I watched it fresh with the audience. It is an excellent cinematic achievement that has similar visual flourishes to a documentary I really admire called Sleep Furiously; wide and distinct imagery blistering through the facade of normality allowing the viewer to truly observe what's presented looking within often overlooked surroundings. The overall narrative, stories and interviews shine through individually but there's a great sense that the town and people is one cohesive whole character; an artistic and philosophical organism wrapped in the concrete and mislead promises of years gone by. It was impressive, humorous and moving - a great film I'm proud to have had a part in making.
You can follow the progress of the film as it gears up to be screened in the UK in 2018 in cinemas and galleries with details TBA. You can follow the film on Facebook. Thanks for reading.
Award winning and internationally selected director of dance, fiction, experimental and documentary films with screening highlights of London Short Film Festival at the ICA, LACMA, Zealous X exhibition (Oxo Tower Wharf) and San Diego Comic-Con. His work has broadcast on BBC One and ikono TV.