The year is 1953. A repressed woman has a nervous breakdown, and through a Kafka-esque transformation, ends up turning into a deformed deity.
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6.Schedule and Budget
Denise AlderDirectorRodney P's Jazz-funk - BBC 4
Project Type:Experimental, Short
Genres:Body Horror, Surrealism
Completion Date:June 30, 2020
Production Budget:5,770 GBP
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Country of Filming:United Kingdom
Shooting Format:Digital 2k
How I got to this moment:
My father was an English ecologist who had met my mother in West Africa, during the Ghanian revolution - sometime later, I popped out.
I was born on a Sunday in the late 80's, so was consequently nick named Erasé by my Ghanian mother, which means “Sunday Born” in the Fante dialect. From my fathers myriad trips to the equator, he would always bring back strange wooden masks – Indonesian dragon faces or Ivorian gods of war perhaps.From my mother, a chief in a long line of chiefs, I was handed down roots in the Akan Kingdom. At the same, my Lithuian-Jewish grandmother had fallen in love with the cool mountains of Austria and re-settled there.
So soon I found myself going between the Alps, Ghana and Great Britain at the tender age of two and thus, began a life time traveling between three very different lands.Somehow this clash of worlds made a lasting impression on me at the deep levels of my personality. My experience of fluid racial perceptions, of other worldly mythology, of poverty and wealth, north and south, dented me and continues to inspire the aesthetics and topics of my work.
Fast forward 16 years or so and I soon found myself at art college where I promptly decided to become a film maker. At first, I was focused on documentary, but after attending a screenwriting course, I was hooked on fiction too. My stylistic influences were initially Maya Deren, Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield and David Lynch. My topics of interest - African Mythology and political philosophy.
Since then I have muscled my way into the of world film, going from jobs as a Coordinator to editing, writing and now directing. And when I had a little time penning screenplays and making shorts . Now at thirty 32, I have just filmed and directed my first one hour documentary for BBC 4 and recently produced on a feature documentary – 'Fela' a 90 minute feature.
Currently, I've have written several screenplays and am producing a short. Much of my own work has a magical-realist slant to it, exploring a coalescence of mysticism and politics . When I'm not making films, I make art. For example, some time ago I worked with Pint Of Science on a large exhibition about consciousness, showing several of my paintings and giving a talk to a full auditorium.
But that's all the past. As for now? Now, I'm ready to make the films I've been preparing to make my whole life.