Short Film crewed by Brighton Film School graduates selected at Cinecity

8 November, 2018

A short film crewed by Brighton Film School graduates has been officially selected for Cinecity, the Brighton Film Festival.

Short film ‘An Opportunist’ was produced by former Brighton Film School Creative Director Gary Barber and so far, has been screened at Film Festivals in Melbourne and Bucharest. The crew was made up of film school graduates who are excelling in the film industry including Viv Goddard-Stephens as Director of Photography, Natalie Kerr 1st Assistant Camera, Laura Rickard 1st Assistant Director and Dave McLaren as Gaffer.

Soon after graduating on the Film Production degree, ‘An Opportunist’s’ DoP Viv Goddard-Stephens travelled to LA to work on a corporate shoot and since then she has a steady intake of work on short films, music videos and feature films. 1st Assistant Director Laura Rickard made the final eight on the Creative Skillset Trainee Scheme and is training to become a 1st AD on high budget blockbuster films, mainly working from Pinewood Studios and central London. Film School graduate success continues through Dave McLaren who has been in much demand as a freelance spark and camera operator working on feature films, TV pilots for Netflix, music videos for BRIT award winners and adverts/corporate work. Dave is so advanced in his skillset, that he now teaches lighting workshops at Brighton Film School.

Brighton Film School tutor Gina Kawecka is the main character who plays the part of Care Home Assistant Kate, who across five days drifts from after-parties to therapy sessions to her day job, struggling to address and control her kleptomania. Gina has previously worked with filmmaker Shane Meadows on his first short Small Time and his first feature TwentyFourSeven. Gina has been a Tutor at Brighton Film School for the past three years.

CINECITY OPEN features two programmes of locally-made short documentaries and dramas selected from open submissions to the festival. This year, ‘An Opportunist’ directed and written by local Matt Page has officially been selected.

Returning for its 16th edition, CINECITY ‘The Brighton Film Festival’ brings the best in world cinema to Brighton and the South Coast with a festival programme of premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, treasures from the archive, live soundtracks, talks and special events. This year’s programme is one of the strongest and most diverse yet.

Writer/Director Matt Page describes the short film as: “Shop signs, no smoking sign, lighters… f***ing loads of lighters, office chair, wheelchair, spanner, dog lead, budgie cage. Fags, cash, drugs, best friend’s boyfriend’s drugs. Best friend’s boyfriend.”

The short film will be screened on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 7:00 PM – Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG.

Information and tickets to CINECITY OPEN can be found here.

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