Gina Kawecka's 'Sunday' selected for Spechless Film Festival (USA) 2015
Brighton Film School alumni Gina Kawecka, who graduated from the Cinematography and Directing Diploma in 2012, has seen her 2nd short film, 'Sunday', recently selected for screening at the Speechless Film Festival 2015 in Minnesota, USA. The Speechless Film Festival specialises in films that have little or no speech.
Director Gina Kawecka, who also teaches on the Brighton Young Filmmakers class and Summer School Juniors, trained as an actor at the BAFTA award winning Television Workshop. Working most notably with Shane Meadows (‘Ruby’, Smalltime; ‘Sharon’ Twenty Four Seven).
Having written and produced her first short ‘Plaster‘ whilst at Brighton Film School (2013 Official Selection: WOW Film Festival, Sydney, Australia; World Kids Foundation, Mumbai, India; Cine City, Brighton UK.) she went on to write, direct and produce ‘Sunday’.
The film centres around 10 year old Jonah who sees his absent father once a month for a splash about at the local pool and Jonah is bursting to impress him with his latest 'breath holding' record. Together they find fun in the water, but when it stops, Jonah begins to plunge new emotional depths. 'Sunday' is a tender observation of a boys burgeoning consciousness, buoyed by beautiful underwater imagery and subtle performances.
A self funded production, 'Sunday' was sponsored in kind by a generous and supportive local network of actors, sound mixer (www.elephantsounds.co.uk), diver's (welovecreate.com) and equipment (www.documentreefilms.com).
‘Sunday’ gave the opportunity for Gina and DOP Kenny McCracken (www.kennymccracken.com) to meet the challenges and rewards of underwater filming! Gina's work has been described as poetic, well paced with subtle depth. She places her work somewhere between realism and symbolism.
This year Gina was selected for Creative England's 'Net.Work' Initiative to develop her work as a Writer/Director. She is currently developing two scripts/ film projects as well as continuing her work as a lecturer at Brighton Film School.
Jessica Leigh, Executive Producer describes Gina as:
'Gina Kawecka is an exceptional emerging film-maker.
Her experience as an actor and stage director is evident in her ability to convey the nuances of social interaction with real emotional articulacy.
She has a gifted eye, but what stands out for me is the way she gives voice to the 'lesser-heard,' without even using words.
One to watch.'
Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers 2-year degree level programmes in Filmmaking HNC/HND and Art Direction and Production Design HNC/HND, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmaking, Screenwriting, Art Direction and Editing as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer School. For more information or to apply please visit https://brightonfilmschool.co.uk/.