In August 2017, community cinema Screen St Ives (SSI) launched ‘Screen 2’ – a new specially curated strand which Amanda Randall and myself are leading on – with a special screening of the British romantic comedy, Dead Cat. The local director of the film and good friend of SSI, Stefan Georgiou, came along to introduce the screening. We had a sell-out show and a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience.
In the film notes to the screening, Stefan said:
Dead Cat, it’s a romantic comedy, I swear! I left the NFTS with no money but an abundance of enthusiasm and ambition to make a feature film. I approached my best friend and co-writer Sam Bern and said we had to make one within the year, didn’t matter how much it cost… and so began the next four years of my life. We wanted to tell a story about relationships and friendships set in an authentic London that we grew up in. We cobbled together a budget of £30k, convinced enough cast and crew to go on a journey with us and off we went.
Looking back on Dead Cat, it’s the proudest film I’ve ever made. It’s not perfect but it was made with a lot of heart, from lots of talented people who gave us their time. It really is incredibly humbling to see so many people come together to tell a story we believed in so much. What’s even more incredible is when people watch it and tell you how it moved them; nothing compares to that.
I set my sights on making a film that would get a cinema release, which we didn’t quite reach. However, audiences who watch the film seem to take it into their hearts and it continues to screen at various places, which I guess means Dead Cat touches people on some level and as a storyteller that’s the greatest satisfaction of them all. I really hope you find something you love in the film and apologies for the swearing, if I could go back I’d take out 50% of it, I promise!
Stefan also recommended 3 films to watch:
1. Letter From an Unknown Woman (dir. Max Ophuls, 1948, USA)
“A heartbreaking and strangely uplifting film, its melodrama is matched perfectly by its meticulous and ever-flamboyant lighting and camera movements.”
2. Rififi (dir. Jules Dassin, 1955, France)
“My favourite noir crime movie, about the characters as much as it is about the crime. Often copied but never bettered.”
3. Her (dir. Spike Jonze, 2013, USA)
“One of the most unexpected, heart-breaking stories about falling in love and loneliness – I wish I’d made it.”
You can read Amanda’s review of Dead Cat on her blog, PenPaperAction!.