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VB film wins first prize
27 Feb 2017
Sam Jones' short film, shot in Victoria Baths, has claimed first prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and is free to watch online from today.
LIFELINE, a 10-minute film written and directed by Sam Jones when he was 17-years-old, has played at film festivals around the world including the Rhode Island International Film Festival – an Oscar qualifying event – and also featuring at the recent BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival 2017.
Funded by the prestigious British Film Institute – Sam received a grant from the BFI for the ‘most promising filmmaker with the most raw talent under 25’ when he was only 16-years-old – LIFELINE has attracted rave reviews from UK Film Review, calling it 'one of the best shorts of the year'.
Sam had first visited the Baths quite a while ago, and had been awestruck immediately. 'The feeling you get when you walk in is indescribable. If I could capture just a flavour of that feeling through film then I'd be very happy'.
Sam, who saw HOME's production of Romeo and Juliet there, said: “Without giving away any plot spoilers, LIFELINE follows a woman who finds herself in a desperate situation and is forced to do something drastic to provide her son with one final lifeline."
“Inspired by a conversation I had with my mum and the Baths, it took six months to write LIFELINE alongside studying for my A Levels. It was all filmed in Manchester, in the restored Victorian swimming pool, Victoria Baths, which was more recently used in the BBC’s Peaky Blinders.
"The film was possibly my biggest challenge yet. There was a fantastic cast and crew of 40 people who all helped make the film possible. I loved seeing it all come together on set - from writing the script at home to seeing it become a reality on set - it was so surreal for me. I really admire the work of Danny Boyle - I think the way he crafts his stories is fantastic, utilising the power of film at every moment."
LIFELINE premiered in front of more than 400 people at the NFT1 BFI Southbank cinema, the home of British Cinema, last year before playing at film festivals in the USA, Belgium and the UK. Many audiences enjoyed the setting of the film.
On winning the first prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Sam said: “I'm so happy to screen at such a respected film festival for filmmakers."
LIFELINE is premiered online for the first time on Monday 27th February at 10AM at this link:
Village Screen Success
21 Feb 2017
The Village Screen returned to Victoria Baths last weekend for another set of classic film screenings. Audiences enjoyed Ten Things I Hate About You, Beauty and the Beast and Moonrise Kingdom. Great food and drink was provided by Caribou Poutine, Milkjam MCR and ProovePizza.
For a special cinema experience, check out the next Village Screen events at Victoria Baths on 20th and 21st July.