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DREAMLANDS


Sara Dunlop's short film Dreamlands has real energy and style - and a great performance from Emma Appleton.

Peter Bradshaw

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DREAMLANDS


Sara Dunlop's short film Dreamlands has real energy and style - and a great performance from Emma Appleton.

Peter Bradshaw

 
 

SYNOPSIS

17 year old Pixie is a tough-talking, wild and beautiful hedonist. In a dead end seaside town on the British coast, she and her friends have spent their summer delving deeper and deeper into a strange new world of experimentation. In this timeless place somewhere between the sea and the land, values of love and intimacy grow increasingly distant, and cold, casual sexual exchanges have become the norm.  

As the end of the summer nears, the  arrival of an unfamiliar young boy, Blondie, signals a change in the group's cyclical routine. His innocence and peculiar strength cause Pixie to question her own motivations as she begins to struggle with feelings she's never experienced before.  

This is a coming of age story at once unique and entirely familiar; a haunting love story of a disaffected youth.

 

 
 
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DIRECTOR


DIRECTOR


SARA DUNLOP

After graduating in Film from the University of Westminster, Sara was soon named one of the Top 25 Directors to Watch by Creativity Magazine.  She started her career in advertising, and her multi award-winning first short ‘Big’ for the Big Issue was met with critical acclaim both within both the commercial and film worlds. ‘Billboards’, an early commercial for Sky, also received British Arrows and Creative Circle nominations. Sara later co-wrote and directed several short films including ‘High’ for designer Jonathan Kelsey and ‘Where’s your line?' for crisis centre The Havens, which was awarded a Cannes Lion and four Golds, including Best Direction and Best Actress at the 2011 British Craft Awards. 

 

Sara's short film Dreamlands was in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, selected from 5008 international sumbissions. It premiered in the UK at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival and also won Best Narrative Short at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


I’ve always had a fascination with that time in your life between being a child and an adult and what that feels like. Maybe it stemmed from those teen films that I loved when I watched them in the 80s, like The Breakfast Club. It’s a beautiful time and I wanted to make a film that was beautiful but that also dealt with the problems of being a teenager, particularly now. Young people are so exposed to sex these days - online, through social media - and there’s huge pressure on them to be more sexually explicit in their actions. I wanted to explore what effect that could have, so I came up with this imaginary scenario of a teenage dogging scene in a dead end seaside town.

I didn’t want the film to feel gritty or miserable. I love the idea of a ‘beautiful/ugly’ aesthetic. This film is all set on the run down Kentish coast, around Margate, which, for me, epitomises that idea. It’s not a big, grey city, but a place that used to be glamorous and aspirational but has now fallen into disrepair. I think there’s a real beauty to that. I also love the feeling of space a place like that gives you; the ability to step back and see things that you just don’t get in a city. One half of the seaside is just open space as the land falls away. I definitely wanted the presence of the sea to be something you feel when you watch the film.

I hope that the characters are familiar to people. I wanted the film to feel timeless in everything from the set design, to the clothes, to the locations. We’ve all been a teenager at one time, and know the feeling of constantly walking the line between seeming strength and real vulnerability. Pixie’s character feels like she’s in control at the beginning of the film, but when Blondie turns up everything starts to fall apart. He feels like he’s from another time, another world, and he makes her question herself. I wanted people to go on a bit of a journey with her; we meet her at a time when everything is about to change.

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CAST & CREW


CAST & CREW


 

CAST:

PIXIE - EMMA APPLETON

BLONDIE - CALLUM WILSON

BUNNY - JOE MADLEY

DONUT - LIAM GARDNER

 

DIRECTOR - SARA DUNLOP

PRODUCER - ELLIE FRY

associate producer - sara dunlop

DiRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - ANTONIO PALADINO

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - JAMES HATT

COSTUME DESIGNER - KATE RUTH

MAKEUP DESIGNER - BEAN ELLIS

2ND UNIT DOP - DANIEL VILAR

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

DANIEL KLEINMAN

RINGAN LEDWIDGE

JOHNNIE FRANKEL

SARA DUNLOP

 

EDITOR - BILL SMEDLEY

 

SCORE BY DARKSTAR

 

CASTING – HAMMOND COX

STREET CASTING - NATALIE MONROE

SCREENPLAY - JAMES CHAPPELL AND SARA DUNLOP

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR – KATE LEYS

 

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - DAVID CHALSTREY

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (DAY 4) ED BELLAMY

2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - RICCARDO D’AMICO

PRODUCTION MANAGER - CHARLIE LODDER

STEADICAM OPERATOR - YOSHUA BERKOWITZ

FOCUS PULLER - SPENCER MURRAY

1ST AC - KAT SPENCER

KEY GRIP (DAY 3) - STEVE GILBERT

GRIP - NICK TEULON

GAFFER - STUART HURST

GAFFER - ROB GAVIGAN

ELECTRICIAN - GARY COLKETT

ELECTRICIAN - DAVE COX

ELECTRICIAN - PAUL KEMP

SOUND - PASHA SHILOV

BOOM OP - SACHA SHILOV

GENNY OP - ENNIO DISANTOLO

DIT - ASHLEY HICKS

CCTV PLAYBACK - NICK BARBER

RUNNER - HAYLEY NORTON

RUNNER - JACOB HESMONDALGH

 

SET Decorator - POLLY DAVENPORT

STANDBY PROP ASSISTANT - ANTHONY NEALE  

PROPS ASSISTANT - MATT FRAsER

PROPS ASSISTANT - ALFIE FIELDING

WARDROBE ASSISTANT - NATALIE WILKINS

MAKE-UP ASSISTANT - CHARLOTTE BLIGH

  

LOCATION MANAGER - TITUS PENATE

UNIT MANAGER - ENEST ANSAH

VEHICLE SUPERVISOR - LEE COLLIER

SECURITY - DAVID BARKER AND KEVIN WALSH 

PHOTOGRAPHy - PHIL DUNLOP AND KENT MATTHEWS

 

ADDITIONAL CAST

PIXIE’S BOY - SAM WATSON

BUNNY’S GIRL 1 - HOLLY ROSE HOYLAND

BUNNY’S GIRL 2 - HOLLY DOWNEY

DONUT’S GIRL - ALEX ROSE

STRAY - STEVE LOVE

WAITRESS - GINA BARKER

 

PJ RATTIGAN

BOB HENDERSON

LEE THRUMBLE

DANIELLA BURNETT

ROSY ANNA HOYLAND

HANNAH WEBB

NATHAN LIRAN

NICOLE HOLDER

JOE CONNELLY

LEVI CLIFF

JOSH SCOTT

JESSICA JORDAN-WRENCH

MATTHEW SHAW

REESE MILLER

LUCA HAYES

BOYD MILEHAM

 

TELECINE – KAI VAN BEERS

FLAME OPERATOR – HUGO SAUNDERS

titles – james MCIVER

POST PRODUCERS – Ellora chowdhury, David ASHLEY AND aMY sMITH

SOUND DESIGN AND CINEMA MIX – ALEX BINGHAM AT STRING AND TINS

Music Supervisors - Toby Williams and Abi Leland

EDIT ASSISTANT - ELLIE MCNAUGHTEN

 

music

'Vapour Trail'

Performed by Ride

Written by Bell, Gardener, Queralt, Colbert

Published by Ride Music c/o Wixen

Courtesy of Ride Music

 

‘MERCURY’

PERFORMED BY SILAS

WRITTEN BY SILAS

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

 

'The Shiver Song'

Performed by Billy Kenny & Aaron Jackson featuring Amy Lee

Written Kenny, Jackson, Lee

Published by Copyright Control

Courtesy of Ministry of Sound | HK Records

 

‘Warm In The Winter’

Performed by Glass Candy

Written by Padgett / Monahan © 2011

Published by Italians Do It Better, Inc

c/o Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd

Courtesy of Echo Park Records

 

WITH THANKS TO PANAVISION, PANALUX, ALPHA GRIP, BICKERS, LIFT AND SHOOT, hammond cox, KAREN CRABTREE AND HER FAMILY, THANET AND KENT FILM OFFICES, WORK POST, MPC, LELAND MUSIC AND STRING AND TINS.