I have since October 2011 volunteered in the making of a short documentary/drama about 80’s Islington. I had it recommended from a teacher at uni, and it immediately caught my interest. The small theatre company Blueprint Theatre received funding from the national lottery, and decided to use the money to create a film involving their local area, and giving young volunteers a chance to take part in every step of the process.
We have been through interview technique training, scriptwriting, a film workshop with production company Mouth That Roars, interviews with local residents, research on the 80’s in Islington, and of course filming on locations with director Carlo Ortu and his crew. It has been a great experience, and definitely very interesting to see how a film is made completely from scratch, and being part of the creative process from start to finish.
Monday the 25th of June was the day of the premiere. The film was screened at Angel’s everyman cinema “Screen on the Green” to a large audience sipping cold white wine, and getting a peak into how life was in Islington in the 80’s, packed into a story-line of the missing Toni Sling (anagram of Islington), and the urban myth about her disappearing.
And should any of you be interested in seeing the film (I feature very shortly, walking away from the camera with a red bag, and on the end credits), you can see it here, from the end of June (It should be up later today) The Blueprint Theatre.
Please also do yourself the favour and check out Carlo Ortu’s short film “Last Man on Earth” – it is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.