Bermudian film-maker vows to give back
A Bermudian who found film festival success in Britain is reaching out to other locals so they can learn from each other’s experiences.
Actor and film-maker Rory Wilson, 23, said: “One of the main things I have taken from my experiences is how key the collaborative part of it is.
“In Bermuda, I think there is a bit of a quiet front. There are two film-makers everyone talks about: Bayard Outerbridge and Lucinda Spurling The Bermuda Arts Council has been very good to me. Because they have supported me so much, I wanted to do something to help create something that adds to the talent pool in Bermuda.”
Mr Wilson also added that it he would love to return to film a movie in Bermuda one day.
He said: “The dream is always to go back and film in Bermuda, tap into that scenery and that weather.”
Mr Wilson, originally from Paget, spent a year at the London School of Dramatic Art after graduating from Warwick Academy. After landing roles in a series of short films, Mr Wilson wrote, directed and starred in his own film, Keep Me, Run, which was supported by the Bermuda Arts Council.
Since then, Mr Wilson has kept himself busy both in front of and behind the camera in Liverpool. In the past two years he has produced, directed and acted in the short films Prince Jodie and cicatrix, the second of which he also wrote. “Cicatrix means a scar over a healed wound,” he explained, describing the film as the story of two brothers dealing with a tragedy.
Mr Wilson said: “When we shot Prince Jodie, there were a number of obstacles. We got there in the end, but it made me aware I was still a novice in some respects. I wrote cicatrix as a challenge. It basically just takes place in a car, so I didn’t have to worry about locations. It was more about how I could tell the story through acting.
“There’s a lot of silence, which is a risk, but I think it came out well.”
Both shorts have now been featured in film festivals along with the short film Trolley, in which he had a starring role. He said: “The response for the films has been really positive. I’m not naive, I’m not expecting them to win at Cannes, but I have been putting them to appropriate film festivals.
“I just got a letter today saying cicatrix is going to be in another festival. That’s three for that film so far. It’s a long process, but I’m really happy.
“Even if it’s just having people over, showing the film and having that discussion afterwards. We want people to engage with the narrative and think deeper. That’s really the most exciting part.”
Mr Wilson said he is submitting both Prince Jodie and cicatrix to the Bermuda International Film Festival and is now preparing for his next film project, Drop.