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Amber

Amber, Matt and Sabina's plans to celebrate graduation are thwarted by the arrival of Amber's recently-signed rock star ex Gary and Amber's current squeeze Pete, who's semi-celebrating the publication of his first vampire novel. Add Sabina's hatred of everyone, Matt's crush on Gary's mysterious new girlfriend, Amber's gradual implosion and tons of alcohol, shake vigorously and place bets on whether they'll actually get out of the house. A Dogme-esque improvised comedy.

  • Miles Watts
    Director
    Whoops!, CrimeFighters, Zomblogalypse
  • Miles Watts
    Writer
    Whoops!, CrimeFighters, Zomblogalypse
  • Tony Hipwell
    Writer
    Whoops!, Zomblogalypse
  • John White
    Producer
    Whoops!, CrimeFighters, Zomblogalypse
  • Jane White
    Producer
    Whoops!, CrimeFighters, Zomblogalypse
  • Emma Keaveney
    Key Cast
    Whoops!, CrimeFighters
  • Tony Hipwell
    Key Cast
    Zomblogalypse
  • Adam Blake
    Key Cast
  • Harry Humberstone
    Key Cast
    CrimeFighters
  • Charlotte Gee
    Key Cast
    Zomblogalypse, Crimefighters
  • Debbie Hard
    Key Cast
    CrimeFighters
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    drama, comedy, dogme
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 7 minutes 42 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Miles Watts

Miles Watts was born in 1974 and began as a child to make films in his hometown of Harrogate, England, in the 1980s. His first efforts were film parodies shot on Super 8 and Video 8 with friends.

Miles began writing feature scripts in 2000, making his first script into no-budget feature 'The BandWagons' which screened in the local cinema in 2007. The director shot the micro-budget vigilante comedy 'CrimeFighters' in York in 2009: it was screened in 2010 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Arizona Underground Film Festival, and around the UK in Picturehouse Cinemas.

During this time, Miles also co-developed the cult web series 'Zomblogalypse' and filmed his Dogme-style feature 'Amber' in his own house in 2012, finishing the film in 2013 while making the serial killer comedy 'Whoops!'

'Whoops!' was screened at the 2013 Raindance International Film Festival and around the UK with Vue Cinemas in the summer of 2014 as the standout British feature on Raindance's first national tour. The film received widespread acclaim and screened at the NXNE Festival in Toronto and the Nantes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the People's Choice and Jury Awards.

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Director Statement

Amber is one of those films I like to make between films: relatively simple, low budget but full of heart and soul. We shot it in my house over a week and improvised it all, and it turned out to be something of which I'm very proud and which I feel represents me as a filmmaker just as much - or perhaps more - as bigger budget movies I've made. My main influences for Amber were memories of being a teenager, improvised comedy such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and This Is Spinal Tap, dogme-esque films like Show Me Love and 80s movies like The Breakfast Club.