Saturday, 15 December 2018

Friends shoot short features for festival

A GROUP of friends from Henley have shot two short films that will be aired at

A GROUP of friends from Henley have shot two short films that will be aired at next week’s Henley Film Festival.

Together (T), Rachel Wojciki (R), Emma Langguth (E), Nadia Lamin (N), Charlie MacRae-Tod (C) and Hermione Lake (H) make TRENCH Films.

They have shot V is for Virginia, which will be shown on September 5 and Alarm Clock Kid, which will be shown on September 6, at the Regal Picturehouse in Henley.

Nadia says: “We were all part of different friendship groups and when we came back to Henley from university and drama school and met up we introduced ourselves to each other.

“As we were interested in similar things we decided to form a group and began meeting every week in Henley and talked about what we wanted to create and achieve and in what style.”



V for Virginia follows Violet, played by Nadia, who, disillusioned by her modern urban life, escapes into her fictional fantasy, finding solace in pages.

It is filmed in the countryside around Henley and in central London and looks to provide a contemporary perspective on the romantic escapism that dominated 19th century literature.

Nadia says: “V for Virginia started out as photographs taken by Emma, who is our cinematographer. She had taken a series of photographs last year in the bluebell woods in Nettlebed.

“From there we adapted a couple of writings from Virginia Woolf, who I was reading at the time, which led us on to a story which we decided to turn into a short film, which is our first as a group.”

Nadia says initially the friends “started testing the water” to test their abilities and see whether they could work with each other. “As we were getting used to each other we found that we all clicked,” she said. “We have a similar vision on what we are doing and where we see ourselves. We want to bring a sense of reality in our storytelling.”

As they went along, the group enlisted the help of more friends, Josh Corrie, Toby Rossiter and Francis Payne.

The second film, Alarm Clock Kid, was written and directed by Charlie and was filmed in association with Meadows Farm Studios.

It is a story about a boy who has set up a personalised alarm clock service in his local neighbourhood.

Charlie describes it as being a “mockumentary” in its style in that it’s a slightly tongue in cheek look at society.

“When you are young you see the world in a much more positive, optimistic and romantic light,” he said. “This is something we should learn and aspire to when we go through our day.”

The film was shot in and around Henley with St Mark’s Road being used for the front facade of the boy’s home. Interior shots were taken inside a house in Shiplake while locations in Nettlebed were also used for parts of the film.

Charlie added: “Films like Alarm Clock Kid and V for Virginia are great examples of what can be done if you can get a group of friends together who all have common goals and are passionate to create something.

“We have been able to create two films that can sit alongside some quite high budget productions. It is great to see the little guy do well.”

• For further details on the festival and the films that will be shown, visit www.henleyfringe.org or call the cinema on 08719 025738.



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