The winning film from this year’s Two Short Nights film festival, sponsored by D+CFilm, are an eclectic mix, but one thing is sure, they point to the deep and developing talent of filmmakers in Devon and Cornwall. Now for the results!
Best Bursary Film (1st joint award!): David Salas for Uncomfortable and Tom Austin for La Legende~Dali
Best Film Audience Award: Tom Austin for La Legende~ Dali
Best Film D+CFilm Open: Clayton Fussell & Ashley Wing for Robbing Peter
David Salas told Robin Whenary for D+CFilm: “Tom and I were in last year’s bursaries and since then we have become friends. We both worked really hard and crafted vastly different but good work. There could be no better result than having the Phoenix’s first joint award.”
Tom Austin said: “Winning the audience award as well was the cherry on the cake. I’m really thrilled and pleased to get the recognition, especially since losing the audience award by such a narrow margin last year for Man-Cub.”
The judges just couldn’t decide between the two films! Even though they were completely different in terms of tone, and Uncomfortable was shot mainly with natural light while La Legende~Dali was the opposite – very theatrical with lots of artificial light. But there were two main common factors.
Both consisted entirely of interiors all shot inside one building – Uncomfortable in a house in Exeter, La Legende~Dali in a boxing gym in Torquay (and Robbing Peter as well – all shot in a house near Brixham!), and both centered around a strong central character and performance: Stephen Webber in Uncomfortable and Jez Jameson as Dali in La Legende~Dali.
Ashley Wing and Clayton Fussell’s film Robbing Peter continued the theme with locations, it was shot in a house near Brixham. The film premiered at the D+CFilm Open and follows a week of coverage on D+CFilm.
The View from Here film festival, which is taking place in South Devon until Friday, December 4, will also feature these films. So pop along and have a watch.
(Images: from the top, stills from David Salas’ Uncomfortable, Tom Austin’s a Legende~Dali, and Ashley Wing and Clayton Fussell’s Robbing Peter)