Shoe­string film off to Cannes

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A 15-MINUTE movie by Grey Lynn res­i­dents Luke Thorn­bor­ough and Lisa Fothergill will screen at the pres­ti­gious Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in May.

Jess has been ac­cepted into the Short Film Cor­ner of the event at­tended by some of the in­dus­try’s big­gest movers and shak­ers.

Its mak­ers are try­ing to raise $4800 on­line to get Thorn­bor­ough to France next month so he can take part in the fes­ti­val and its var­i­ous work­shops and sub­mit their en­try to other con­tests.

New Zealand film-maker Jane Cam­pion got her foot in the door when her short films where shown at Cannes in 1986.

She will re­turn to Cannes this year to choose the win­ner of the event’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, which she won for her 1993 movie, The Piano.

Jess, a 15-minute western, fea­tures just 14 lines of spo­ken di­a­logue and was filmed in the Hawke’s Bay and at How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage.

Lead ac­tress Amie Ben­tall stars as Jess, who sets out on horse­back to find her fa­ther, fight­ing the el­e­ments and com­ing to terms with who she is along the way.

The cast and crew bat­tled through thun­der­storms, icy wa­ters and had to travel by four-wheel drive to ac­cess some of the re­mote lo­ca­tions they filmed in.

Wran­gling horses and keep­ing every­one fed was also chal­leng­ing.

Fothergill, 24, says be­ing ac­cepted into the event makes all the early morn­ings and life on a shoe­string bud­get worth­while.

‘‘Don’t be afraid to put it out there,’’ Thorn­bor­ough says to bud­ding film-mak­ers.

‘‘I’ve seen some projects fall over be­cause some peo­ple don’t have the con­fi­dence to show their work.

‘‘Get your stuff seen and don’t be afraid to ask for help.’’

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

Big time: Lisa Fothergill and Luke Thorn­bor­ough are the cre­ators of Jess, above, which has been ac­cepted into the Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Short Film Cor­ner.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­bournews.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch Luke and Lisa’s fundraiser video.

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