Milonga

A young man connects to his Afro-Argentinian heritage

  • Craig Talbot
    Director
  • Craig Talbot
    Writer
  • Craig Talbot
    Producer
  • Kinga Czynciel
    Producer
  • Craig Talbot
    Key Cast
    "Fabricio"
  • Florencia Cordeu
    Key Cast
    "Maria"
  • Paul Sebastian Mauch
    Key Cast
    "Benjamin"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Craig Talbot

I'm an actor and film-maker who grew up in Peterborough, UK. I've had a passion for cinema since I was a teenager.

I trained at The prestigious Guildhall school of music and drama in London, and have work professionally as an actor in film, TV and theatre whilst making my own short films.

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Director Statement

I made Milonga as I felt the need to acknowledge the Afro-Argentine community and make others aware too. So I hope this film gives the audience an insight into the feeling of black invisibility and encourages them to research black history in Argentina as well as their home towns or countries.

I started the process with wanting to make a film about tango, but once I came across the amazing black history in Argentina I felt compelled to have that be the driving force behind my film.

Whilst writing the script I had many conversations with Latin American people and a few conversations with Afro-Argentines who live in Argentina, and that really helped to make the story more specific and connect deeper whilst portraying the character of Fabricio.

Unfortunately because of restrictions we had to film with a reduced crew last year and the script changed many times in order to find suitable locations and keep numbers on set down. However I think it helped the story become more intimate.

My cast were fantastic on the two days we were shooting, bringing their own life experiences into the way their characters spoke, moved and interacted with Fabrico. And the crew were really focused and gave space for rehearsal and finding the world, as we were limited to doing so in person because of the restrictions.

In post production, the story changed again with scenes changing order or parts being cut to ensure the focus was constantly on the main theme. It was really easy working with Inigo as he was so open and constantly thinking of the story and how people would receive it.

This project has given me so much through the process of making it. The focus for all my future projects will be to find a deep personal connection as I did with Milonga, and then find the best way to tell the story.