North East film tipped for BAFTA success

Posted: 15th December 2011

The documentary feature, which was shot entirely in the North East, will compete for prestigious gongs in the Best Documentary, Outstanding Debut, Outstanding British Film, Director of Photography (Roger Chapman), Editor (Daniel Goddard and Luke Dunkley), Sound Recordist (Malcolm Hirst) and Supervising Sound Editor (Tim Barker) categories.

Self Made has been attracting the plaudits of the press since its cinema release last September.

The Times described Self Made as a work of “real originality” whilst Time Out said that the film is a “lucid, concise précis of a project of great emotional intensity”. Meanwhile, Entertainment Newsproclaimed that “the audience sees more naked emotion than a decade of Big Brother has managed to capture”.

“Self Made captivated a packed Tyneside Cinema when it received its North East premiere back in September,” said Agnes Wilkie, Northern Film & Media’s creative director.

“It’s a powerful, distinctively North East film featuring North East locations and characters whose lives are fundamentally changed. The documentary deliberately blurs the lines between documentary and drama, providing viewers with a uniquely thought-provoking, emotional experience.”

“It’s also piece that will sit in both a contemporary art gallery and cinema. Could Self Made scoop up BAFTA success? Absolutely.”

In the film, Wearing placed an advert in a newspaper asking, “Would you like to be in a film? You can play yourself or a fictional character” and charted the resulting catharsis of the small group of non-professionals who responded to it.

They participate in a series of workshops led by charismatic method acting coach Sam Rumbelow, who uses different techniques to help them access their memories and personal experiences so that they can each create a vivid and authentic moment of performance.

Gradually the group works towards their own individual ‘end scenes’: dramatic filmed vignettes that emerge from their personal histories. The scenes range from episodes of violence, to images of imagined love, and in one case, a scene from Shakespeare’s King Lear.

As the lights finally go off in the studio, the participants leave the experiment having confronted and articulated deep truths about themselves.

Click here to watch a trailer of the film.

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