The Jury of Film4.0 initiative Scene Stealers have chosen a UK winner to receive £5000 development funding and mentoring from Anna Higgs, Head Of Film4.0
We’re incredibly proud to announce the winners of Scene Stealers, our recent talent search that if you’re a frequent visitor to this part of the internet, you can hardly have helped but notice us making a bit of a fuss over! Scene Stealers asked aspiring filmmakers to reimagine scenes from past Film4 productions in just two minutes or under, and after much deliberation, our jury have now picked the winners. Drum roll, please…
The Brothers Lynch (Keith and David Lynch) are our first prize winners with their steal of a scene from Shane Meadows’ This is England – congratulations to them both!
Their scene reimagines a speech by Combo from This is England as a bit of oratory by a right-wing politician. They win themselves the £5000 development grant and mentoring from Anna Higgs at Film4.0 to develop an original short film project. Plus their winning film will be shown on Film4 on TV, and right before the UK premiere of Lawless at Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House this Monday. Want to watch it in advance? Click here.
Luke Aherne’s Trainspotting 2018 was named the best of the rest of the entries with a steal of Danny Boyle’s iconic film – watch it here now! Luke reworked the opening ‘Choose Life’ speech to fit a society and a time where choice isn’t necessarily possible. Luke’s film joins The Brothers Lynch’s work in being played on the Film4 channel and at Film4 Summer Screen.
But you know what? The standard of entries were so, so good, that our Jury ended up creating a Special Jury Prize and making several other special mentions of films they particularly liked in addition to the main winners. The Special Jury Prize goes to Ross Johnston’s steal from Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes, which we loved, and which you can see by clicking here.
Our lovely Jury were made up of both filmmakers and industry execs including BAFTA-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, BAFTA-nominated filmmakers Lone Scherfig and Joe Cornish, film journalist and critic Charles Gant, Film4 Channel Editor David Cox and Film4.0 Commissioning Executive Anna Higgs. Their special mentions went to Stefan Davis’ Attack the Block 2: War of Shadows, Simon Glass’s Dogspotting, Darryll McGowan’s Dead Man’s Shoes: A Tale of Revenge, Andromeda Godfrey’s A Stolen Scene of Elizabethan Proportions and Simon Jago’s Attack the Block – Movie Maniacs.
Scene Stealers was launched by Film4.0 Commissioning Executive Anna Higgs - one of her first initiatives under the Film4.0 banner, launched with the aim of discovering brilliant new untapped talent.
Anna says: “I was hoping that we’d find some gems by looking for talent in this brand new way for Film4, but I’ve been totally bowled over by the incredible response and the standard of entries to Scene Stealers. The flair, invention and creativity that poured in from every corner of the UK and around the world has been simply amazing, and is a real testament to the strength and diversity of grass-roots filmmaking. Huge congratulations to our winners, I can’t wait to work with them – and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more from all our filmmakers in the future.”
This Is England (Scene Steal) / The Brothers Lynch
The Jury said: “Meadows writes dialogue rooted in character, culture and situation – his characters are not mere mouthpieces for clunky speechifying – but it’s impressive how the filmmakers here have taken a piece of rhetoric by Steven Graham’s Combo, and made it work as a plausible piece of xenophobic oratory by a right-wing politician. But maybe this is a comment on all political discourse: how much is success about vision and leadership, and how much is it about repackaging the electorate’s fundamental prejudices? And there’s a lot more going on than that in this film. This is an ambitious, multi-layered work that is also impressively highly achieved.”
BEST OF THE REST
Trainspotting 2018 / Luke Aherne
The Jury said: “This film may be smaller in production scale and cast of characters than many of its competitors, but is testament to the power of a strong single idea, well-executed. This film has something to say, and it doesn’t pull its punches. It reminds us that, two decades after Irvine Welsh wrote Trainspotting, even the soulless, diminished life of starter homes and hire purchase furniture that Renton and Co reject is no longer, for many, an attainable goal. This famous piece of narration was predictably a popular choice for the scene stealers, but this filmmaker takes it in a new direction, revising it and imbuing it with new meaning. By subtracting the antic energy, and replacing Welsh’s jokey anti-consumerist satire with something much more disquieting, a quiet rage, the film forces us to reconsider the text for a present and future time.”
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Dead Man’s Shoes / Ross Johnston
The Jury praised this film for “immediately engaging the audience with its dramatic tension and intense, low key acting. We thought that the intensity and power of the original scene was developed upon brilliantly particularly with strong use of sound design. The powerful flashback right at the peak of the confrontation packed a great punch and really kept us on the edge of our seats.”
Attack the Block 2 (War of Shadows) / Stefan Davis
The jury said: “Stefan Davis’s entry stood out for me because it’s done with so much style and commitment. Instead of copying a scene from the film, it does a great job of replicating the atmosphere, then builds on the story, imagining how Moses’ character might develop in a sequel. It’s really well done with limited resources – great sound, a strong sense of character driving the story, and a great solo lead performance, all building up to a cool reveal.”
Dogspotting / Simon Glass
The jury gave a special mention to Dogspotting: “For the team doing such a good parody of Trainspotting with a religious twist. A lot of hard work has gone into the casting, using what appear to be the same locations, everything right down to the title sequence / poster at the end.”
Dead Man’s Shoes A Tale Of Revenge / Darryll McGowan
The jury gave a special mention to this entry: “For the skill of telling the story through the use of close up shots, the excellent use of sound, the editing and for telling a story without dialogue.”
A Stolen Scene of Elizabethan Proportions / Andromeda Godfrey
A special mention was given to this entry “for its wit, and original, unpretentious idea”
Attack the Block – Movie Maniacs / Simon Jago
The jury said: “This tongue-in-cheek take on Attack the Block was a really enjoyable, well put together piece of comedy which also put a huge amount of effort into the whole feel of the film, with effects and soundtrack very much taking great inspiration from the original.”