Ladies and gentlemen, we have made another film! We have been hard at work over the last week or so preparing, shooting and editing our latest project, and it is now ready for you to view for yourselves.
The new short is an entry for the Scene Stealers competition run by the good people at Film4. To celebrate their 30 years of supporting and championing British film talent, they threw open the doors to try to find the talent of the future. To that end they invited participants to remake a scene from a Film4 production, anything from the wonderful dramas of Mike Leigh to the brilliant sweariness and violence of In Bruges, but giving it a new and original twist, and bringing it in under 2 minutes. The prize for the overall winner is as illustrious as the stable of films themselves: a development deal with Film4, including mentoring and £5000 to develop a new and original micro budget short film. This opportunity was too good to pass up, and so with the competition deadline slamming shut tonight (Tuesday 31st July: if you’re reading this after that date, hard luck, chums!) we have just sent off our response to the brief. We can reveal that our entry is based on Phyllida Lloyd’s recent biopic of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady. Taking on the role of Maggie, the one that won Meryl Streep her third Oscar? That would be me. In drag. Take that, Meryl!
Our version takes inspiration from the original film’s flashback structure. An elderly Margaret Thatcher (achieved with eye liner pencil, a tea towel and a dressing gown) looks back to her younger days (Marilyn Monroe wig, polyester blouse, pearls and a towel for breasts). In particular, her finest moment as Prime Minister of Great Britain: the Falklands War. Our version takes a light-hearted approach to the original, lampooning its excesses and poking fun at its portrayal of one of the most divisive figures in British politics as a superheroine attempting to make her way in a male dominated world. To make it required all our ingenuity, from manufacturing costumes using egg cartons, Jaffa Cakes boxes, cardboard and spray paint, to special effects work and wearing ladies apparel. We are very pleased with the result, so please watch the film, either below, on the Scene Stealers website or on our dedicated film page.
So what happens now? Well, entries will be viewed by preliminary panel who will shortlist a number of entries that meet their approval. Only those shortlisted will then make it through to the final judging panel, which includes key industry figures including Anna Higgs, the Commissioner for Film4.0, Film4’s innovation banner, and renowned directors Asif Kapadia (Senna), Lone Scherfig (An Education) and Joe Cornish (Attack The Block). Fingers crossed we can get through to grace the eyes of such successful industry figures. Wish us luck!
Intrigued? Watch The Iron Lady below!