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Midlands Spotlight - Night Owls by Sophie Black

By midlandsmovies, Dec 8 2015 08:37PM

"You seem 'life' sad, like you've been sad for a long time... the kind of sadness which learns to live with itself."


Indie filmmaker and freelance costume designer Sophie Black brings more attention to the Midlands with her latest short film 'Night Owls'. Midlands Movies Mike stays up late to uncover this nocturnal gem.


Sophie Black’s BA in Film Production from the University for Creative Arts has come in handy over the years as the Nottingham based filmmaker jumps from producing to directing and back again. Over the last 24 months her recent credits include producing award-winning 'Stop/Eject' which screened at Raindance 2014 which was also longlisted for a BAFTA. In addition, Sophie also directed 'Ashes' which was available to view at Cannes 2013 and won 'Best Thriller Short' at Festigious 2015.


Midlands Movies has covered Sophie and her production company Triskelle pictures before (see link) but we catch up over a weekend in December as Sophie premieres her brand new short.


On the morning of 5th December Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema played host to the first ever screening of Sophie's 'Night Owls'. As well as the film itself, the event was followed by a live performance from the film’s soundtrack. The film features original music by Simon Andrews, Emmie Chadwick, Mike Hardy, Radioboy and Scribble Victory and Sophie has high hopes entering 2016.


Sophie explains the film is set over just one night, with Night Owls telling the story of teenage runaway Mari who breaks into the house of a reclusive thirty-something called Kent. Together they discover that they both have a mutual disdain for their lives and build an unlikely friendship they sorely need.


Originally written as a feature script, Sophie brought award-winning screenwriter Tommy Draper on board to collaborate on the shortened script for Night Owls.


Mari is played by the up and coming talented Holly Rushbrooke who stepped in just 3 days before filming after an unforseen casting change. Kent is played by Jonny McPherson who is most well known as Dr Cavanagh in ITVS Emmerdale soap opera. Neil Oseman was added on board as the Director of Photography who won the Channel 4 Ideas Factory Creative Class in 2005.


Although the weekend's premiere was more of a private screening for the cast and crew, the official public premiere is confirmed with Night Owls screening at the London Short Film Festival in January - more information about the screening can be found here: http://shortfilms.org.uk/events/2016-01-10-new-shorts-girlhood



For more information on the film’s progress and screenings follow Sophie at her social media sites:


Official Site: http://www.triskellepictures.co.uk/#!night-owls/c1btn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/triskellepictures

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sophieblackfilm

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