Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 World View Films: Snapshots

Snapshots by Phoebe Barran & Lliana Bird
London (Milwaukee Premiere)

Running Time: 14 minutes
Screening Time: Sat, Sept 7th 6:45pm

Behind every photo is a story, a moment captured, a snapshot in time...

Snapshots tells three unique stories through the voyeuristic lens of a photo booth camera. Although their circumstances and motivations are very different, each character shares a desperation that’s led them to their booth: a heartbroken transvestite driven to conforming to societal expectations; two young people compelled to risk everything in the hope of a better life; and a lonesome cleaner who goes to extraordinary lengths to attract the attention he so desperately craves. With the help of the camera each character uses deception in pursuit of happiness, demonstrating that appearances are not always as they seem. 



Director's Bio:

Writer & Director: Lliana Bird

Having trained as an actress (Actors Temple) Lliana went on to co-found Bird & Be Productions with her best friend Phoebe Barran in 2009, together mounting many fringe productions including The Tin Horizon (Theatre 503) and The Duke in Darkness (The Tabard).

Lliana hosts a weekly national radio show and regularly writes for Huffington Post. In 2016 Lliana's first book was published 'The Mice Who Sing For Sex, and other weird tales from the world of science' She also co-founded charity Help Refugees and went on to make several short charitable film appeals for them. In 2016 Lliana was named as one of NESTA's 'New Radicals' and Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers". Snapshots is Lliana's film directorial and writing debut.

Director & Writer: Phoebe Barran:

Phoebe has worked as a theatre director since 2003. Snapshots is her debut film.

Theatre directing credits include; Tryst (Tabard Theatre, UK tour spring 2020) An Evening with Noel Fielding (UK and International tour), Four Days In Hong Kong, Suppressed Desires and Scenes from a Separation (Orange Tree), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (BBC Radio Theatre, Edinburgh Festival and National Tour), The Tin Horizon (Theatre503) and Ours (Finborough).

Phoebe has worked as an assistant director at the Royal Court, National Theatre and the RSC.

Lliana and Phoebe have been best friends since the age of 8 and after starting company Bird and Be in 2009, are continuing to create new work together.

Director's Statement:

Our society is increasingly driven by images. Each day we collectively share millions of photos of ourselves with the wider world, portraying an illustration of our lives that we want others to believe. Look how beautiful I am, how in love, how much fun I’m having…

But what is the truth behind all those smiling faces?

Today, creating an image of your self is easy and instant. The possibilities to alter those images are endless and at the end of our finger tips. Photo booths, on the other hand are places where you cannot use filters, or interfere with light, focus or shutter speed. Yet the ability to deceive through the creation of a photo booth picture is very much alive - you simply have to alter yourself before the snap.

We wanted to explore the idea of illusion and deception behind the captured image. What happens when the curtain is drawn closed, no one else can see us, and the mask truly slips? By telling our stories across different periods of time, but all from the point of view of a photo-booth camera, our audience becomes a voyeur, watching our characters at their most vulnerable and real. Seemingly unwatched by anyone else, we watch our characters transform into who they want (or need) the outside world to see. 

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