Wilson drops new short film on festival circuit

  • Bermudian film-maker: Rory Wilson

    Bermudian film-maker: Rory Wilson

  • Dark theme: the promotional poster for Bermudian Rory Wilson's Drop, which, through the donation of cash from the Arts Council (Photograph submitted)

    Dark theme: the promotional poster for Bermudian Rory Wilson's Drop, which, through the donation of cash from the Arts Council (Photograph submitted)

A Bermudian film-maker is returning to the festival circuit soon with a new short film, supported by the Bermuda Arts Council.

Rory Wilson wrote, directed, produced and acted in the short film Drop, which he has now submitted to film festivals around the world.

Mr Wilson said the film, which features Edele Lynch, of the successful Nineties band B*Witched, was inspired by a nearly tragic incident that happened to his extended family.

He said: “I remember being told about this incident, just thinking just how close they were from an absolute tragedy.

“There is a quote from an old song, ‘There but for fortune, go you or I.’ This perfectly sums up that event and, in fact, many occurrences in everyday matters, where the fine line between harmony and tragedy is walked, often unbeknown to the walker.”

Mr Wilson, originally from Paget but now a resident of Liverpool in north-west England, spent a year at the London School of Dramatic Art after graduating from Warwick Academy.

Since then, he has worked on a range of short films, several of which have earned the support of the Bermuda Arts Council.

Mr Wilson said the short was shot over three consecutive days, which allowed the actors to be immersed in their roles and maintain their focus.

He said: “The shoot was a real success and all the careful planning and pre-production work saw us through an intense couple of days.

“The post production then took five months of careful editing and tweaking of the narrative, testing the film on fellow film-makers and friends to see how they responded to the construction of the narrative.

“The idea with the construction of the film is to hold information back from the audience, and slowly drip-feed the facts, until the very end, where all the loose ends are tied up.”

Mr Wilson said he had received “uplifting feedback” on the project so far, and he looks forward to seeing it in competition with films around the world — including Bermuda.

He said: “I am profoundly grateful to the Bermuda Arts Council for supporting me with this project and I hope they are proud of my accomplishment as a Bermudian film-maker.

“I am also very thankful for the contributions I had on my online crowdfunding page where I was able to raise the funds to pay for the festival submissions, which are no cheap thing.

“Following two of my films showing at [(Bermuda International Film Festival] in March, my target is to take Drop to next year’s Biff and attend the festival myself as well. I am very excited to be working towards this and getting involved with the festival.”

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Published Aug 15, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 7:34 am)

Wilson drops new short film on festival circuit

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