Beware: This film will make you sad. It will make you sad because it’s the story of two siblings who put an inordinate amount of joy, creativity and inventiveness into their home-made film only to have their audience, their parents, let them down. It will make you sad because as creatives, you work incredibly hard to produce amazing content and it’s too often missed in today’s oversaturated world of content.
The film was made by London production company, Compulsory, for Into Film, a British educational charity that runs film-based programmes for children aged five to nineteen. It concludes with the message, Great films deserve a great audience. Support other people’s hard work.
It’s a very good thing that this film makes its audiences sad, isn’t it?
The film’s directors, Dario & Dom, commented “Into Film wanted to create a story that highlighted the concerns and issues in piracy today, particularly for the young generation (Gen Z) with their overexposure to iPads and digital technologies. We decided to take a particular approach to the narrative, letting the audience fall under the spell of a strong edit and emotive music – only to pull the rug out in the final act and reveal that the parents have already seen the hard work – completely ignoring the cinema in the garden.”
Kadri Mahmoud, executive producer at Compulsory, added, “Being a company led by film-makers, the project really spoke to us. Oversaturation has meant the cinema experience itself has been neglected – which is the true core of this story. We consciously allowed the film to seem upbeat and positive, to then have a very stern reminder that filmmakers aren’t being given the credit they are owed for their work – both in production and in how they are showcased.”
The film is playing in Everyman cinemas across the UK.