|Cast: ||Matthew Biancheri, Helena Dowling, Jack Everson, Moe Bargahi, Laura Davitt, Gayle Richardson, Glennis LaRoe, Charlie Simmons, Kerri McElligot, Edward Cain|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Stuart Grant - Producers: Donna Mabey - Cinematographer: Benjamin Thomas - Editor: Mariana Conde, Mariana Conde - Composer: Will Brown
A young man's attempt at a first contact with a love interest is hijacked in a most entertaining way.
Mariana Conde: My very first memories are of the stories my grandma used to tell me. My passion for filmmaking was born from her tales, an early exposure to Art and a curiosity for understanding the juxtaposing realities around me.
Born in Portugal, I started my education at Soares dos Reis, where I experimented with photography, learnt the principles of design and spent a few nights discussing the ‘power of image' (amongst other, way less relevant, topics).
I discovered the strength of Film as a teenager with Bertolucci's 1900, David Lynch's Wild at Hearth and Kusturica's Underground, which made me see Film as the art form that better reflects the volatility of our times, whilst combining the very elements I've always been fascinated by: storytelling, image and psychology.
Willing to immerse myself in the craft, I joined the International Film School of Wales where I collaborated on a series of shorts, experimenting with different styles and techniques, learning the ropes of filmmaking.
My first short outside of Uni, was ImagEination, made for the National Dance Company of Wales and shown in Theatres around the UK, receiving raving reviews. Working with a talented choreographer opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that Dance and theatre techniques present to Filmmaking.
After University, I moved to Lisbon where I worked on International Film Festivals, Music Videos and a short film for prime time TV. In my free time I studied Performing Arts.
My knowledge and interest in the work of the actor not only makes me a better director on set, but defines me as a director.
Looking to further my horizons I moved to London, where I earn my living in Advertising & TV. Some of my most exciting credits include Coordinating Iñárritu's Nike Write the Future, Producing Google's Zeitgeist - A Year in Review, and Managing the Design Studio responsible for the Branding identity of two new channels, ITV Encore and ITVBe.
C.T.R.L, my latest short, has received an "Honourable Mention in Shorts" at the LA Femme Film Festival and was awarded "Best Music Video" at Cortisonanti in Italy. It's a bold and fresh directorial statement, that showcases my potential, bringing together my knowledge of Performing Arts and high end advertising.
I am at an inspiring stage of my life where I am able to invest in projects I believe in and explore my interest in technology, not only as a medium but also as a subject.
C.T.R.L is undeniably unconventional. It may paint the picture of a typical love story, but it constantly reinvents itself. As the characters’ bodies dance against their will the audience is faced with a unique acting style backed up by carefully thought through framing and a pacey edit.
A defining aspect of my visual style is the way I work with actors through rehearsal and improvisation. I wanted to make a short in which that performance quality, from the lead actors delivery to the extras, was essential to convene the narrative. Inspired by physical theatre & street dance, C.T.R.L mixes the quirkiness of music videos with the glossy feel of high-end commercials to create a short with a urban feel that is nothing but true to its time. It incorporates a very London attitude with a feminine touch and a warm sense of humour that renders it international.
I believed in C.T.R.L from day one. It was a risky idea but that made it even more appealing to me. I could grasp the potential and the bigger the risk I though, the bigger the achievement. It meant a lot of hard work and I am extremely proud of what we, the C.T.R.L team, have achieved.
It’s a visionary short, the idea of an app that can control people hasn’t yet been portrayed in film yet (as far as I am aware) and adds another spark to the discussion of how far we are willing to take technology.
From young professionals looking for a quick shot of entertainment, to dance enthusiasts, gamers, kids and a more mature audience in search of something different, C.T.R.L will appeal to a vast audience.