We're delighted to announce that Sunglass Films founder, Kristina Heaney has been selected to join the 2018-2019 BFI NETWORK X BAFTA CREW talent development and mentorship scheme.
Up to 150 emerging writers, directors and producers who are actively working towards their first feature film are selected to take part in a year-long programme of workshops, lectures, round tables and one-to-one sessions to develop and encourage their skills as filmmakers. Mentors and tutors include previous BAFTA winners as well as industry veterans from various filmmaking disciplines.
To find out more about the scheme, entry criteria and how to apply for next year's opportunities, take a look at the BAFTA website.
Premiering today on Vice's online platform Noisey, the video for Laid Back recalls heady summer days, warm, starry-eyed nights and Rat Boy's typical 90s nostalgia. Taken from Jordan Cardy's forthcoming debut album, Scum, and featuring guitar work from Blur's Graham Coxen, Laid Back was shot on an old Sony VX home video camera with fisheye bayonet lenses to recreate that home movie aesthetic, evoking a time of careless childhood summers and the cheeky bravado of Britpop. As usual, it wouldn't be a genuine Rat Boy video if we didn't do something dangerous. This time around, a custom-painted caravan formed the core of an almighty bonfire in the centre of a field - the perfect visual heading into summer festival season. Read the full Noisey article here and pre-order the album, out on August 11th 2017 here.
Sunglass Films' screenwriter, Kristina Heaney has just returned from this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kristina was selected as one of six screenwriters to take part in the annual EIFF Talent Lab, bringing together 30 emerging producers, writers and directors. The Talent Lab comprises of a series of intense round table one to one and Q&A sessions (with the odd film wedged in) across four days. Read more about the festival and this year's participants in Screen Daily.
In this second music video collaboration with Rat Boy, Sunglass Films were asked to stage a car crash, vandalise a post box and fire a member of the band through a flaming ring of fire while riding a skateboard towed by a motorised speedboat on wheels. The risk assessment was interesting... Released via NME.com, the video had upwards of 20,000 views on YouTube in under 24 hours and was trending at #11 on the site's homepage. Commissioned by Rat Boy's label, Parlophone Records, Revolution is a hyper-real snapshot of life in Brexit Era Essex, laced with satire and a post-Britpop aesthetic. Directed by Rat Boy's Jordan Cardy & Thomas Davis, the video was shot at Wimbledon Studios (for Health and Safety reasons) and on location in Rayleigh, Essex.
Check out the full article and watch the video on NME.
The Sunglass Films founder and screenwriter will be taking part in this year's prestigious BAFTA Guru Film Talent Labs, taking place at the iconic Piccadilly hub this May. Successful applicants must have a proven track record in film an demonstrate excellence and a passion to develop in their chosen field. The talent labs include a long weekend of inspirational talks, workshops, Q&As and one-to-one sessions with BAFTA winners and nominees for up-and-coming filmmakers. Find out more at BAFTA.
Our sci-fi short, Spaceman had its first official festival screening last night at the UK's Hellfire Film Festival, and we are delighted to announce it was chosen as the overall winner of the event! Spaceman was picked jointly alongside Emil Sallinen's Might. Both films will now progress to a Grand Final Gala, held by festival co-ordinators later in the year. We can't wait to screen with Hellfire again! Read the full run-down of the evening here.
The high-concept music video for Ratboy's latest single, Get Over It, has been nominated for Best Music Video at this year's NME awards. Directed by Ratboy himself, Jordan Cardy alongside Cinematographer Tommy Davis, Sunglass Films' Kristina Heaney was on producing duties for the UK side of the shoot. Watch the full video here. Award winners will be announced at a raucous ceremony in mid-February. Until then, fans can register their votes here. We'd be really grateful for the support.
Short comedy-drama Cold Reader has picked up another award. This time around screenwriter Kristina Heaney was honoured for Best Short Screenplay at the Southampton International Film Festival. The awards formed part of the closing night gala, the screening itself having taken place yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, deep in another writing deadline, Kristina was unable to be there to collect her award so it was graciously accepted on her behalf by the film's lead actress Melissa Clements. The glassware will shortly be installed in a permanent location of appropriate grandeur in Kristina's home.
After a strange and wondrous two-week shoot, principle photography on The Desert is complete! This was a challenging shoot for the whole team and there were more than a couple of unexpected challenges along the way (who could have predicted a heavily intoxicated Essex man sneaking his way onto our locked set then refusing to leave until police escorted him away), but we're absolutely delighted by the results. The footage, shot by wonder-DoP Gareth Ward on Red Dragon looks glorious. We can't wait to get into post!