UPDATE. '50 Kisses' Premiered in London on Feb 13th 2014. NEIL won three awards on the night including Production Team, Music and Editing.
N.E.I.L. is filmmaker Anil Rao's entry for this years London Screenwriters Festival 2012 film and writing challenge.
The challenge this year around was to fully realise a feature film to be released early next year on Feb 14th 2013, that is to be compiled of 50 short films created from 50 winning scripts, thus giving 50 opportunities to new talent and a chance to those who wish to flex their creativity to achieve a common goal. With no restrictions other than what your imagination can bring to the table, a global talent base has reached out and combined to deliver a plethora of unique tales and expressions.
Utilising again a unique opportunity to unite a writer and filmmaker, this years theme was 'a kiss', hence "50 Kisses".
" I found in Nigel Karikari's script NEIL, the opportunity to relish my film theory of image montage as haiku, the connection of disconnection, to reference and keep the traditional aspects of cinemas heritage in silence alive. Image as meaning, meaning as story, and story... as a timeless, tailored and organic understanding on the humanity of who we are, in ourselves.
A non-linear experience exposes us to discover and seek a reasonable truth, truth as a memorial jigsaw we ultimately know how and yield to put together, because we demand an outcome to the intellectual questions raised and placed before us, because the surprising thing for all of us to discover when we do this, is that we are all actually non-linear in our thoughts, in our memories, in our actions, in our reasoning, and that by being linear, we embrace a mechanical idea, not an organic one."
N.E.I.L. is a story of both hope and hopelessness, of faith and courage and ultimately pain and loss.