Shot on Red Epic with anamorphic lenses on location in London.
I’m very pleased to be able to finally show this commercial that I wrote and directed. This is a test commercial which means it will probably never air on television but it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to create a showreel piece that ticked a lot of the boxes of my directorial strengths in one 90 second piece. I’m very proud of this work.
It was shot on the Red Epic using anamorphic lenses by the wonderful DoP Alessandra Scherillo. Production Design was by Marco Puig and edited by the stupidly talented Matt Felstead of Loaded Dice. Grading by Framestore and online/FX by the lovely folks at Absolute Post. Produced (and dragged kicking and screaming onto the screen with a limited budget) by Bryony Harrison.
The cast are Richard Hollingworth and his younger version is played by the ridiculously talented young actor Rhys Duggan. Such a pleasure to work with. Jessica Blake plays the female spark. Thanks to the rest of the cast Suzanna Hughes, Kristian Wall, Violet McDonald, Danuelle Sambrook and John Lacey.
…and the music? It was rearranged by Richard Bodgers and performed by Emily Isherwood a brand new talent who I found on YouTube only to discover she didn’t live far from my composer. Fate, eh?
A sincere thanks to the rest of the crew for giving up your time to help me make this lovely little film.
'The White Room' is a taught poignant thriller, which tells the story of Alberto, an illegal Columbian immigrant trying to earn a living in the unforgiving city of London.
Set against Brick Lane, the vibrant 'heartbeat' of London's east end, 'The White Room' focuses on Alberto's journey as he seeks to find a purpose to his life.
Whilst working as a masseur in 'The White Room', Alberto engages with many marks and beautiful drawings on the bodies of his clients. Becoming increasingly fixated on the teachings of Nostradamus, he begins to obsessively draw the marks he sees on the human body, believing that it may be possible to see someone's future. Meanwhile, the city of London is experiencing the run up to the Mayoral elections. Candidates and their huge entourages are shaking hands, kissing babies, engaging audiences and promising all matter of things to win the hearts and minds of London's voters. The big issue is immigration and candidate Jackie Jordan proves himself to be the immigrants' choice, until Alberto discovers certain markings on Jackie's body. Convinced that Jackie is the local immigrant community's worst nightmare, Alberto resolves to stop him at any cost, with devastating effects.