April: Where are they now? More Graduate News

Duncan Jones' cult classic Moon will be shown like never before at the Barbican Centre on 19 July with a live accompaniment from The London Contemporary Orchestra. Jones, a London Film School alumnus and cinema giant, celebrates 10 years since the film's release. More info and tickets here.

MA Filmmaking graduate Justin Spray had some kind words to share. After making Tabu, a unique film that Justin made with a community in Tanzania new to filmmaking, he said, ‘My LFS training was instrumental in making it possible as I was the only person on set with filmmaking experience so I needed to know how every department worked and to be able to train the local volunteers in sound, camera, lighting etc. (Thank you LFS).’ Tabu was selected for Taos Shortz (USA), Twister Alley (USA) and Montreal’s  Vues D’Afrique Film Festival. We hope these are the first of many! Whilst the film travels around the world, it is also being used by the charity Justin worked with to raise awareness and gather support for their work with groups like DIFID and the UN.

Graduate Gaëlle Mourre wrote and directed a short film, The Feast, starring Katie Leung (Strangers (series), Harry Potter). The film is currently on its festival run and has screened at a number of Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festivals, including LA Shorts, St Louis International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Underwire Film Festival (Winner, Best Production Design) and the Bermuda International Film Festival. Gaëlle is also co-writing and directing a 360 3D VR seriesMechanical Souls, a pilot produced by Digital Rise, Serendipity Films and DV Group. It was sponsored by Google Jumpstart and the Kaohsiung Film Archive and was part of the Venice Biennale Production Bridge in 2018 and premiered as an installation mixing live theatrical performances and VR at Sundance  and SXSW this year. There are plans to host the installation in Paris, London and LA, so keep an eye out for the news! It doesn’t stop there for Gaëlle; she is also working on a feature film script and series concept alongside working on the VR project.  

 

Alumna Aephie Humi’s inaugural  Taiwan Film Festival started in Iceland and continued its run in London this at the Curzon and the Tate Modern. You can read more about this wonderful event here.

Sofia Bost has a new short! The film, Dia de festa (Party day | Jour de fête), will have its world premiere and compete at the 58th Edition of Cannes Semaine de la Critique, taking place from 15 to 23 May 2019.

Alumna Jacqueline Lentzou's Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year won a Greek Oscar at the  Best Short Film from the Hellenic Film Academy and the 2018 Cannes Critics’ Week Award. She was also one of five participants at the Berlinale Talent Lab 2019. You can view the Hector Malot trailer and Jacqueline's biography on her website here.

 

Graduate Ju Shardlow is currently a Video Producer based in London for INSIDER. Ju previously worked at Time Out and the BBC and she produced a series now available on Amazon Prime, Movie Magic, whereby you can find out how visual artists work their magic to produce incredible moments for movies and television, from gripping motorcycle chases to all kinds of breakable props. If you’ve got Prime, watch it here.

Kabul: City in the Wind, directed by alumnus Aboozar Amini screened at  Docville, Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence and had its Swiss Premiere at  prestigious Visions Du Reel. The film also won a NEXT:WAVE  award for emerging filmmakers  at CPH:DOX  

Referred to as 'David Lynch's muse', Chrysta Bell has released a new music video, The Truth Is, directed by our very own alumna Golnaz Jamsheed! You can watch the video here.

MA Screenwriting grad Jaclyn Bethany and MA International Film Business grad Courtney Harmstone have gone into post-production with their American Film Market-backed debut feature Indigo Valley. The film has an 80% female crew, with nearly every Head of Department being female. The film stars Rosie Day (Good Omens, Watership Down, Outlander) and you can follow the progress on Kickstarter here.

 

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Application deadlines for September 2019 are 20 May 2019 (International) and 3 June (UK, EU, EEA). 

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Photo Credits (Top to bottom): Moon by Duncan Jones (DP: Gary Shaw), The Truth Is by director: Golnaz Jamsheed (DP: John Houghton)