Constellations

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We’re gearing up to production for the short film Constellations, which is being brought to life by a dedicated, passionate and talented team. Please have a little read below to hear a bit more about the project and the people making it. We’re shooting on 16mm film and filming both in London and Newcastle. This is an ambitious and brave short film on a shoestring of a budget. If you would like to support Constellations please donate to us through the PayPal button just above. Any financial help (or any other help you’d like to offer!) would be put to work immediately.

Feel free to drop us a line at hello@annamaguire.co.uk and we’d be happy to send you more extensive information.

LOG  LINE

When Sasha proposes sexual experimentation with her boyfriend James, he gets upset and shuts her down. Heading out alone on the day trip they had planned together, she has a chance sexual encounter with a stranger that makes her question the very essence of her relationship.

DIRECTOR’S  STATEMENT

Constellations is about the complex sexual and romantic dynamics within a long-term relationship. Sasha and James, both in their early twenties, are at different stages in their emotional and sexual development. Whilst Sasha attempts to establish a dialogue about what they want sexually from each other, albeit awkwardly, James is threatened by the idea of sexual exploration. By setting the film between two young people still studying or just out of university, I wanted to look at the way we cement our views towards what a relationship ‘should’ be from a very young age. This can have catastrophic effects upon adults as they grow into their lives

Ultimately Sasha is a complex character who is on the cusp of growing into womanhood, however she is not ‘damaged’ or ‘lost’ or ‘self-destructive’. I’d like to examine the danger of these tropes by presenting a character who is bravely trying to understand what turns her on, as well as work out how that figures into her romantic relationship.

If you’d like to hear more about Constellations, please feel free to drop us a line at hello@annamaguire.co.uk and we’d be happy to send you more extensive information. Constellations is being brought to life by a dedicated, passionate and talented team; please have a little read about what they’ve been up to a bit further on. We’re shooting on 16mm film and filming both in London and Newcastle. This is an ambitious and brave short film on a shoestring of a budget. If you would like to support Constellations please donate to us through the PayPal button below. Any financial help (or any other help you’d like to offer!) would be put to work immediately.

We will be holding a cast, crew and funders’ screening upon completion of the film, and would of course love you to be there.

 

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Anna Maguire – Sasha, Director, Writer

Anna Maguire is a British/Canadian filmmaker, writer and performer. After studying English Literature at university she branched out into making her own film work. Since her directorial debut DON’T FORGET YOUR MITTENS, a fantastical portrait of the trials and tribulations of growing up, her work has been recognised at festivals around the world. She has been nominated for various awards including Best Director under the age of 25 at the 2014 Underwire Film Festival for THE KING AND QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN, which went on to win Best Film at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. She was long-listed for the 2015 BAFTAs with her short film HOW (NOT) TO ROB A TRAIN. Her short SHE WOULD MOVE THE TREE RATHER MORE TO THE MIDDLE was commissioned as part of the Milan Festival of Letters 2014 and Anna won Best Director at the 2016 BFI Future Film Festival for this work. YOUR MOTHER AND I, her most recent short, an adaption of Dave Eggers’ eponymous story, starring Don McKellar and Julia Sarah Stone, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and has gone on to play at the Vancouver International Film Festival, The Seattle International Film Festival and Cucalorus among others, as well as playing in competition at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2016 and most recently winning Best British Short Film at The 2017 London Short Film Festival.

Anna began her acting career in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and has since appeared on stage and screen in the UK and internationally. Her credits include THE HOUR (Kudos & BBC), PARADE’S END (Mammoth Screen), Oscilloscopes (Invertigo for High Tide), The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange, The Water Engine (Old Vic Tunnels) and the award winning short film HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME directed by Ben Aston. She attended the Actor’s Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre in 2014/2015 and recently finished work on Pavan Moondi’s feature film SUNDOWNERS. Arran Shearing’s first feature FORGOTTEN MAN in which she plays a supporting role has its London premiere at the 2017 East End Film Festival. She recently wrapped on two short films 13 and PLAYGROUND by up and coming directors Natasja Fourie and Guen Murroni.

Anna is currently writing her first feature film, MINIATURES and is developing it as part of the Modern Tales development program.

 

Jack Monaghan – James

Jack Monaghan is currently playing the lead role of Benjamin in Lucy Bailey’s production of THE GRADUATE at West Yorkshire Playhouse, followed by a UK tour.

Jack also played the lead role in the National Theatre’s smash hit WAR HORSE on the West End (2011). Other theatre credits include work with the RSC (WENDY AND PETER PAN, 2014) and Shakespeare’s Globe (AS YOU LIKE IT, 2015) as well as on new writing projects for Hampstead Theatre (DEPOSIT, 2015) and Hightide Festival / Theatr Clwydd (PILGRIMS, 2016).

Jack is currently on Netflix, starring alongside Iain Glen in the Galway-based crime drama JACK TAYLOR. He will also be appearing on the BBC in new thriller SILKWORM as part of THE STRIKE SERIES. Previous screen credits include television appearances in THE ARK for the BBC, and BLACK MIRROR for Channel 4; as well as the short film LOVE’S LOST (LIFF 2017) directed by Leo DeHaan, and the film SOMNAMBULISTS directed by Richard Jobson.

 

JESSIE  MANGUM  –  PRODUCER

Jessie Mangum is a Producer and Production Executive at sales company Goalpost Film. Formally a producer at sister company Goalpost Pictures in Australia, her credits included Associate Producer on Cherie Nowlan’s 2007 Sundance hit CLUBLAND starring Brenda Blethyn, Co-producer of Julien Temple’s film opera THE ETERNITY MAN (Locarno 2008), and Producer of Deborah Mailman’s RALPH, (Oberhausen 2010), which won the 2009 Australian IF Award for best short film. Prior to this Jessie was an Associate Lecturer in drama at the University of Tasmania’s School of Performing Arts.

She is also producing Anna Maguire’s first feature film MINIATURES which they are developing as part of the Modern Tales development program. She is also an external assessor for Screen Australia’s Story Development funding strand, and is currently producing LOOTED, which has been commissioned for production through the BBC/BFI/Film London low budget feature film scheme Microwave.

 

CALLAN GREEN ACS – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Callan is an award-winning Director of Photography specialising in narrative drama and commercials. His work on high-end campaigns includes AUDI, Sony Bravia, UNICEF, Olay, as well as the recent Mercedes campaign directed by Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE). He has also filmed music videos for George MichaelJames BluntOne DirectionBryan Adams and The Script.

His short film ‘Grey Bull’ directed by Eddy Bell won best Australian short at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival and was nominated for best short film at the AACTA’S 2015.

While living in Australia, Callan won Gold for 10 consecutive years (2006 – 2015) at the New South Wales State ACS Awards, along with 3 Runner Up National ACS Awards as well as 5 of the highly coveted National ACS Golden Tripods. He also took out the top awards for commercials and music video at the inaugural NZCS awards this year.

In late 2013 Callan was accredited by the Australian Cinematographers Society, which allows him to use the letters ACS after his name. He is now based in London and is represented by WPA UK.

 

MAUREEN GRANT – EDITOR

Maureen Grant is a film and television editor based in Toronto. With a background in Visual Art as well as Film Production, she brings a strong creative sensibility to the stories she helps craft.

Since her residency at the Canadian Film Centre Editors Lab, she has been nominated for two Canadian Cinema Editors Awards, for the short film STILL, and for Ingrid Veninger’s feature film He Hated Pigeons. It recently won the Special Jury Prize at the image + nation film festival “for its portrayal of grief, which says so much in saying so little”.

The short Your Mother and I premiered at TIFF, was shortlisted for Best Short at the BFI London Film Festival, and won Best British Short Film at the London Short Film Festival. The web series That’s My DJ Season 2, of which she edited 5 episodes, recently won Best Editing at the Independent Television Festival (ITVFest).

Maureen is currently editing the indie horror film Pyewacket, and the dark comedy Nobody Famous.