Great response to students’ film

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A BROUGHTY Ferry graduate, Joel Hewett, has written, co-directed, produced and starred in his first feature film using actors from the local area.

The film has been made for less than £150 a year after those involved were told this was impossible.

Most are from Broughty Ferry, Barnhill or Monifieth. They are Andrew Golden, co-director, co-editor, cinematographer and sound editor; Joel Hewett, lead actor, writer, co-director, producer and co-editor; Margaret Smith, assistant producer; Kevin Fullerton, sound; Sarah Calmus, lead actress; Michael Coull, cast member; and Paul McCallum, cast member.

‘Closure’, which was co-directed by Andrew Golden, tells the story of Daniel and Eve, a couple in crisis and takes an ultra-realistic approach in examining how they deal with the day to day problems that arise within a youthful romance.

As their various differences bring them together, they are forced to acknowledge their faults, many of which are reflected in the other.

The film takes an alternative approach, choosing to view the relationship in reverse, starting with a break up and ending with the first time the main characters meet.

Andrew told the Guide & Gazette: “My good friend Joel Hewett came up with the concept about four years ago, and the idea was floating about doing nothing for the best part of two years.

“He eventually sat down and wrote a script and got me involved again, seeing we both had a similar taste in films.

“I was only intending to do cinematography, but somehow I ended up becoming co-director, editor, sound-mixer and part composer for the film too.

“The soundtrack is by Steven Hodson, of Oceansize fame, whose solo project, ‘Mild Eyes’, has provided an irreplaceably beautiful and understated soundtrack to the whole film.

“To reflect the mood at each end of the narrative the film starts off in monochrome and gradually, over the course of the 76 minutes, goes into the typical polaroid-inspired mess of vibrancy. It works for the film though, giving the conclusion a warm tone. I like the fact that despite it being a break-up film it has a cheery ending, if perhaps not an optimistic one.

“The main concern with the colour change was how the film would look half-way between black and white and colour, if super washed-out colours would just look bland. However, that has proven not to be the case and it looks fine.”

‘Closure’ has been met with overwhelming interest within the local community and sold out its first screening within 45 minutes.

Due to popular demand, a second screening has been added at the Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University on April 30. Tickets went on sale on Monday and can be purchased through the Facebook page.

For more information about the film and to view its trailer, visit www.facebook.com/closure2012www.facebook.com/closure2012.