Coming of Age Tag Archive

A Cursed Weapon Paves the Road to Self-Actualisation in Stanley Sievers’ Oddball Comedy ‘Samurai Sword’

Live Action

20th September, 2021

We asked director Stanley Sievers to explain how he achieved the impressive throwback stylisation of his short slacker comedy 'Samurai Sword'.

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Zhenia Kazankina Acutely Captures Life in a Liminal Space in Deadpan Border Hotel Drama ‘Rio’

Live Action, Premiere

3rd September, 2021

Zhenia Kazankina explains how deadpan framing and cast relationships formed in rehearsals allowed for an oddball take on the coming-of-age genre in 'Rio'.

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A Young Woman Falls for the Seductive Allure of a Tilt-a-Whirl in Zoé Wittocks Fantastical Romance Debut ‘Jumbo’

Live Action

8th July, 2021

Zoé Wittock provides an insight into the production practicalities of choreographing the many moving parts of her objectophilia romance feature 'Jumbo'.

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Owen Schwartzbard’s ‘Hello Ma’am’ Mixes Media to Subvert the Traditional Symbolism of the American Dream

Live Action, Premiere

29th June, 2021

Owen Schwartzbard explains his love of camcorder footage and why he blended it with a more polished look for his dark grifter tale 'Hello Ma'am'.

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Meredith Hama-Brown Acutely Captures the Loss of Innocence in Pre-Adolescent Drama ‘Broken Bunny’

Live Action

3rd June, 2021

Meredith Hama-Brown talks about balancing naturalist performances with a heightened aesthetic for 'Broken Bunny's' unsettling mood of moral ambiguity.

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A Young Girl Unwittingly Discovers the Underbelly of Lagos in Akinola Davies Jr’s Sundance-Winning Drama ‘Lizard’

Live Action

1st June, 2021

Akinola Davies Jr reveals the challenges of shooting on-location in the intense Nigerian heat with 200 extras for his fantasy coming of age drama 'Lizard'.

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Elahe Esmaili Empathetically Explores the Decisions Behind an Iranian Child Marriage in ‘The Doll’

Documentary

5th May, 2021

Elahe Esmaili discusses 'The Doll' her engaging exploration of cultural norms in which a family share their opinions on the marriage of a 14-year-old girl

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A Daughter Attempts to Restore Broken Familial Ties in Hannah Bang’s Coming of Age Drama ‘Soak’

Film Festival, Live Action

19th March, 2021

Hannah Bang discusses channelling the visual flourishes of Wong Kar-wai & Park Chan-wook into the subtle cinematic style of her family drama short 'Soak'.

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Lainey Richardson’s ‘Black &6teen’ Captures Both the Struggle and Joy of Black Teenage Life

Art & Fashion

5th February, 2021

Lainey Richardson talks about shooting Football Beyond Borders winning poem 'Black &6Teen' while remaining authentic to author Abi Simms' experiences.

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Past Obsessions Afflict the Present in Ursula Ellis’ Emotional Drama ‘For George on His 30th Birthday’

Live Action, Premiere

15th January, 2021

Ursula Ellis talks emotional history and developing a vintage filmic look for her South-set coming of age drama 'For George on His 30th Birthday'.

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How Henry Blake’s Proof of Concept Short Paved the Way for the Violent Reality of Feature Debut ‘County Lines’

Live Action

2nd December, 2020

Henry Blake on bringing audiences face to face with the horrific exploitation of vulnerable children by UK drug gangs in forthright feature 'County Lines'

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Michael Kam Acutely Renders the Awkwardness of Young Infatuation in Coming-of-Age Short ‘Melodi’

Live Action, Premiere

23rd November, 2020

Inspired by the Indonesian comic book, Michael Kam's 'Melodi' elegantly tells the story of a young boy trying in vain to do the right thing for his crush.

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