Friday, November 5, 2010

ADRIFT IN SOHO - CASTING DETAILS, FILMING STYLE, LOCATIONS

LOCATIONS BRIEF

Soho streets, cafes, pubs, jazz clubs, bookshops, strip joints and drinking clubs of the 1950s. 


SHOOTING LOCATIONS

Soho, London and Lace Market, Nottingham and London's River Thames embankment.


FILMING STYLE

Based on the ethos and techniques of a 1950s Free Cinema documentary and in 1950s early Nouvelle Vague and Cinema Verite. It is also based on series of photographs by Picture Post photographers and Ken Russell presented in an exhibition organised by The Photographers Gallery called 'Soho Nights'.

Reference www.bfi.org.uk/features/freecinema

Slideshow of 50s Soho pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44155803@N08/sets/72157623722098680/show/

Soho mood slideshow: www.flickr.com/photos/44155803@N08/sets/72157624636503904/show/

Adrift in Soho IMDb entry: www.imdb.com/title/tt1765679

Original Novel to be reprinted in 2011 and 2018 by: http://www.fiveleaves.co.uk/



LIST OF CHARACTERS
(Approx age of the character in brackets)

HARRY PRESTON. Writer and philosopher from Leicester (25).

JAMES COMPTON. Actor, bon vivant, smalltime fraudster. (27).

DOREEN. Music student from US (25).

MYRA. Emotional London actress (26).

JO. Filmmaker (25).

MARCUS. Filmmaker (27).

MARTY. Young Marxist revolutionary (25)

JASONA. West Indian girl (25).

IRONFOOT JACK. One legged Soho drifter, bum (60).

THE COUNT. Impoverished aristocrat (70).

FILM PRODUCER. Local hoodlum, former porn star (35).

GUY. Upper class twit (28).

THE ARTIST. A Soho artiste (35).

RAOUL. Actor, stuntman, fencer, dreamer (60).

YOUNG WRITER. In her 25.

YOUNG HOSTESS. In her late 20s.

HARD BOILED DRINKERS. Many roles of various ages and degrees.

MUSICIANS. Assorted roles for real jazz musicians, some leading.

ARTISTS AND BOHEMIANS. Wide variety of roles with various experiences.

NIGHTCLUB STRIPPERS. Several sizes and shapes.

BAR TENDERS. Variety of roles and degrees of nastiness.

PUNTERS. Wide variety of sexual orientation, race and ages in jazz clubs, pubs, cafes and streets.
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PROJECTED SCHEDULE

Currently the plan is to shoot late 2014 and during 2015 for pickups, some scenes and 'through the year' shots. That's the good news. We need to get the winter time when its dark by 4 o'clock as many scenes are evening/night, but avoid the colder weather beyond December.

Editing will take all 2015. Post production beyond that depending on the final complexity.


SOME INFO

The script is almost at Final Draft stage. According to some independent opinions it reads fantastic.

The film director plans to use the Free Cinema movement as integral part of the story in a 'documentary within a documentary' approach based on the workings of the original novel.

If you are interested in participating as a actor, musician, dancer or technician please send us an email to burningfilms@aol.com. All requests will be considered fairly and information will be kept confidential.

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