Nina wants to create the perfect piece of art but her creative juices aren’t flowing. She returns to Brixton, where she grew up, in search of inspiration but finds a very different community to the one she left behind. A Moving Image is a film about becoming a 21st century creative amidst a rapidly gentrifying city. – amovingimagefilm.com
Shola Amoo, a rising filmmaker, embarks on his first feature film A Moving Image (2014). Fresh from the success of his short film Touch (2013),which won him acclaim for its Afro-futuristic narrative and stylistic approach to visual story-telling, and was recently selected by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Brokeback Mountain (2005)) for winner of the Shooting Peoples Film of the Month competition.
Amoo, known for his previous shorts (The Prayer, Reparations for the Soul), of which he also wrote and directed, has released the promo for A Moving Image (produced by Rienkje Attoh).
The story centres on Nina, played by Tanya Fear (Kick Ass 2); Nina is an actress and self-proclaimed artist (photographer) who isn’t making much gains in either fields but somehow manages to keep a light mood about her lacklustre situation. The teaser shows Nina walking through the vibrant backdrop of Brixton, taking pictures, enjoying the perks of an ‘unnaturally hot summer’ and spending time in her spacey but mostly empty warehouse apartment. Her friend Kara played by Kae Alexander (Bad Education, BBC 3), jokes that Nina is the cliché ‘poor, starving artist’ and although Nina can find this claim amusing she can hardly deny it.
Nina is also casually dating two men: a film star and a performance artist. The four characters featured in the promo make up a multi-cultural cast that truly reflects the community living in South London. The topic of gentrification is an important and reoccurring theme, Nina must come to terms with whether or not she is part of the problem and how she can make art that will have a positive impact on her childhood home.
The promo’s main function is to gain visibility and support for the filming that is set to begin after a CrowdFund. This seems to be the route many indie art projects are now taking when it comes to making films that don’t ring as commercial hits for big industry production companies. The notion that certain films are not profitable because they do not adhere to mainstream story-telling is now being actively challenged with people funding the projects they want to see. This new wave of community funded projects have been the launch pad for a number of creative endeavours including the recent hit Dear White People (2014) which has a current score of 91% (Fresh) from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes film rating website. We may be looking at the future of film. Crowd-funded projects bring alternative stories and characters to our screens and in doing so grant visibility and a more balanced picture of the societies they emerge from.
London based filmmaker and National Film and Television School graduate, Shola Amoo, is currently working in collaboration with an iFeatures scheme in the development stage for his drama The Last Tree (produced by Lee Thomas).
To follow the progression of the ‘A Moving Image’ project go to: http://amovingimagefilm.com/
review by Nora Denis / @lifeandstuff_ for the british blacklist