Our Man in Tahiti

After being intrigued by reading a novel by Robert L. Stevenson, artist Simon Zabell initiates a tireless quest for its true meaning that takes him half way across the world, and then leads him to shape his conclusions in the form of visual artworks

  • Gonzalo Posada León
    Director
  • Simon Zabell
    Writer
  • Gonzalo Posada León
    Writer
  • Simon Zabell
    Producer
  • Simon Zabell
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Spain
  • Country of Filming:
    French Polynesia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival de Cine de Málaga
    Málaga
    Spain
    April 14, 2018
    Spanish premiere
    Official selection "Cortometrajes Málaga"
Director Biography - Gonzalo Posada León

Born in Algeciras (Cádiz) in southern Spain, he moved at the age of 20 to London, where he took a Bsc degree (Bsc Photographic and Electronic Imaging Sciences) at the University of Westminster.
When he finnished university, he moved back to Spain and worked as a photographer and graphic designer for two years in Madrid. Then moved to Granada and studied Lighting for Theater and live events and started working with some of the finest independent theater companies of the time (Histrión Teatro, El Espejo Negro, Date Danza, La Compañía del Almirante…).
After many shows and miles on the road, he moved to Seville to work as a Technical Coordinator of art exhibitions for the Andalusian Government, where he continued broading his lighting knowledge while working with artists from all around Spain.
Six years ago, thanks to the decrease of production costs due to the low prices of DSLRs, he came back to photography and (especially) videography, producing music videos, product videos, corporate videos, etc.
From the period he worked for the Andalusian government and his relationship with several artists, he started this collaboration with Simon Zabell for the production of his frst documentary “Our Man in Tahiti”.
At present he is working in two scripts for new documentares that he is willing to produce soon.

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Director Statement

This is a small documentary, shot through a very short period of time (one week in Spain, 5 days in Tahiti, 3 days in Edinburgh and one more day in London), but we managed to stretch it to the max and pull up a nice project. Trying to capture the artist's quest to find out what "the Ebb-tide" (Robert Louis Stevenson's last novel) is really about and his translation of the book into paintings and sculptures. Going round in circles with the same question, going round in circles with the brush... trying to portray the feelings that he got from the book and from the interviews with the biggest experts in Stevenson's literature.
We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did filming it.