25th RAINDANCE 2017 Interview: Joseph a. Adesunloye 46.0

Friends Adam and Luke are the life of the party. When they decide that Luke should host a party at his house, what was meant to be a night of fun without responsibilities turns out to be a nightmare for Adam.

Hey Jospeh, thanks for talking to tNC, how is everything going?

It’s my pleasure, thank you for having me. Things are going well, been busy with post production so no major complaints.

This is going to your World Premiere for 46.0, are there any any nerves ahead of your screening?

I don’t really get nervous before screenings of my films because I just feel like I have already completed 

the film and getting nervous doesn’t change that. However I am always intrigued by a sense of what the 

audience might make of it. I like to read the room when my films are screening. At particular stages

when I know certain things are coming I look around at the faces of the audience to capture their first encounter with that moment.

What does it mean for you to be at the 25th Raindance Film Festival?

I love Raindance. Raindance is very special to me. They were the biggest platform to have showcased my work back in 2014 when they nominated my then short Beyond Plain Sight for Best British Short Film. That really did have an impact on my career. So I have a special place for them.

Being here for the 25th year anniversary is so special. Raindance really changed the Independent film space in the UK, creating a well curated festival platform where bold and interesting work can be found across the spectrum. So I am happy to be part of that legacy in some way.

Tell me a little bit about 46.0, how did the film come about?

It’s a little bit hard to talk about 46 without giving it away, but I guess I can say it is a film about two friendsAdam (Guetan Calvin-Elito) and Luke (Adam Strawford) where their relationship goes in a direction that no one really sees coming, especially not one of the friends. I was sitting in a my hotel room in South Africa where I’d gone to show my feature film White Colour Black, and the opening images of the film flashed in my head and I quickly noted it down on the little envelope of the key card. It all started from there.

What was the inspiration behind this film? 

I  don’t know if I had a particular inspiration but as I began to develop that initial montage into a story I was interested to push the envelope of a seemingly friendly relationship and what might push a character to do certain things that might otherwise be seen as outside of their nature.

What has been the most challenging scene for you to film? 

Well there’s a particularly gruelling scene in the film and I worked with Adam and Guetan in preparation for it for a couple of months. But when we got down to shooting it, it was still very challenging because it is not a nice scene at all.

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

Yes I have. I have been into films since I was a child. At first I wanted to be an actor like many I guess, but as I got into my teenage years I began to realise that life behind the camera and getting to write and tell the stories I wanted to tell was far more appealing to me.

What was the first film you saw that inspired you to get into filmmaking?

I think it was probably seeing Tokyo Story as a child. The grand mother in that reminded me very much of my grandmother and I remember feeling very emotionally connected to that film.

How much has your approach to filmmaking changed since your debut?

Well for me I think that I like to experiment with certain things in terms of my filmmaking grammar, but I also like particular motifs and styles that I try to enhance, evolve and use repeatedly in my films. I like a certain kind of temperament to my films. That said I made my first short film twelve years ago and I am very sure I have evolved a lot since then in terms of grammar and aesthetic. 

What five words best describe your 46.o?

Shocking, Bold, Surprising, Uncomfortable, Betrayal.

Do you have any advice for any up and coming directors?

I would say that it is important to make the films you want to make, especially since you have very little to lose so just experiment. On a piratical level I would say try to build a great team around you who you can go on the journey with. Because finance will always be a problem but if you have a DP, Sound Person and editor etc in your circle you can continue to find ways to make films together. Most importantly try to treat people with respect film is a collaborative art form, I know we have a lot of self shooters etc…But you can’t sustain a career in film all by yourself.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your film?

I hope it leaves them with some questions about some fundamentals that they take for granted about relationships. And if they are a little uncomfortable in the process I can live with that.

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