Get a filmmaker to CANNES!
Hi. I'm Mark Roy, a photographer and filmmaker based in Darwin. Last year I began creating short movies on Super-8 film. Yes, film.
My first Super-8 collaboration, the troppo-noir thriller 'Sumatra', screened at the Darwin International Film Festival in September 2017.
My second Super-8 collaboration, Flicker & Fade, has just been selected as a Straight 8 competition winner to screen at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Great news – but now I need the money to get there!
And due to the nature of the competition, I haven't even seen the damn film yet! Learn more about this pickle by listening to my interview with ABC Radio Darwin's Liz Trevaskis.
The first time I get to see it will be alongside other audience members – including the film's writer and co-director – Julien Poulson, at the Straight 8 premiere in Cannes.
Flicker & Fade is one of nearly 150 Straight 8 competition entries from around the world. Only 8 of these films were chosen for the Cannes premiere.
One way or another, I have to get there. Your support is make-or-break!
STRAIGHT 8: THE COMPETITION
Founded in London in 1999, Straight 8 is a global filmmaking challenge where filmmakers make a short film on one cartridge of Super-8.
No re-takes, no grade, no post-production, and no editing – the only editing comes with each pull and release of the camera's trigger.
Straight 8 2018 winners are listed here along with a one-minute teaser trailer of competition entries.
Straight 8 2018 premieres 8.30pm 14 May 2018 at the Olympia Theatre, in the rock'n'roll quarter of Cannes. If you're in that neck of the woods, come along!
FLICKER & FADE: THE FILM
"Memories exist as images, recordings, stories, melodies … they disappear only to reappear as recurring loops in time and space."
Flicker & Fade is a short film based on a screenplay by the film's co-producer and director, Julien Poulson, one half of production team The Kommandants.
The film was shot on location in and around Phnom Penh and the former commandant's villa in Kampot, Cambodia, over one week in late February and early March, 2018.
The actors in Flicker & Fade tell the story of three characters:
• Paodavy Da – the Singer
• Wesley Taller – the Foreigner
• Bong Sak – the Driver
Luke Hunt is the film's narrator. Playing the role of communications officer at the Embassy, he reflects on the fate of the the trio.
The story is based on the real-life disappearance of Cambodian singer Poev Vannary, assumed murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
As a short film, Flicker & Fade is a successful proof-of-concept for a larger 'vintage multimedia' live theatre performance.
My goal in Cannes is to network, market and develop support and inspiration for this Australian-Cambodian arts project.
Produced as a collaboration between Darwin and Cambodian actors and artists, performing alongside members of the Cambodian Space Project, this major body of art will bring together writing, music, photography, film and archival footage in an audiovisual / archival mise-en-scene backdrop to a 'memory play' as musical theatre.
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
All GoFundMe funds raised in this campaign will go to flights, per diem and accommodation expenses while attending events in and around the Cannes Film Festival.
With your help I can join Julien Poulson at the Flicker & Fade premiere in Cannes.
The Kommandants: Julien Poulson & Mark Roy
~ Mark Roy
This crowd fund allowed me to purchase an air ticket - not to Nice, which was at the time out of my price range, but at least to London, which was a start, There, I met up with my co-filmmaker Julien Poulson, and after crashing with some great new friends at their studio warehouse, we eventually made it to Nice - with a few hiccups along the way! Not the least of which was rolling strain strikes across France ... and missing our first flight to Nice because I'd accidentally booked it for the wrong Saturday ... :(
Once in Nice, we made a valiant effort to make it to Cannes for the planned catch-up with the Straight8 crew and other filmmakers the night before our screening, but after waiting nearly an hour in the freezing cold Cote D'Azur night, the public bus to Cannes finally arrived - and was totally full! It left without letting us on! Maybe should have taken an Uber - but for a hundred Euros?? So we decamped to a friend's place on the hill at Auberge de la Croix de Pape, in Èze (in the opposite direction) and my friend drove us in to Cannes the next day. I reckon I owe him a bottle of single malt.
The Straight8 premiere, at the Olympia Theatre in Cannes was a fabulous, red-carpet affair. The cinema was filled with an enthusiastic audience, and all the films were screened to rapturous applause.
It was heartening to hear, after the showing, so many people interested to know more about the story of Cambodia's lost rock'n'roll. This augers well for our future, full-scale production, be it in the medium of musical theatre, cinema or both.
We made some great contacts, even better friends, learned the lay of the land in Cannes (and the movie industry in general) and are feeling pretty positive about the path ahead.
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup to all you supporters of independent cinema who backed my crowd fund!! I would be lost without you.
Your contributions meant I could meet fellow filmmaker Julien Poulson and travel on to the Cannes Film Festival, where Flicker & Fade screened - to a terrific response - at 8.30pm, May 14 at Cinéma Olympia in Cannes.
A big thank you also to Screen Australia for allowing us to use their offices on the Promenade de Croisette in Cannes. This provided us not only with a welcome respite from the crowds, but also a chance to meet fellow Australian filmmakers and interested producers.
While the Flicker & Fade film project has brought us excellent results and valuable contacts, the whole enterprise was done on a miniscule, shoestring budget. It could could not could not have been done without your support!
Please note FURTHER DONATIONS ARE BOTH NECESSARY AND WELCOME to see this project through to completion. I still have to get home and the money is running out!
The journey is not over yet, and I still need to make it to Charles De Gaulle Airport, to London, and then on to Singapore and finally Darwin on Friday, May 25.
On Friday I go straight back to work as duty manager at the Brown's Mart Theatre bar for the 2018 Darwin Writers Festival.
The Cannes trip has been a phenomenal success and I thank you all for your support.
Meanwhile, we've almost reached our target of $2500! Thank you all so much for your support.
I'll be secreted away in a pod hotel in Singapore by tomorrow night, then it's on to London, where adventure awaits.
I'm halfway to my goal of $2500.Thanks so much to my friends, family, and supporters – you've been awesome. I'm looking to fly to Singapore next week, then direct to London to meet Julien. Then we head across the channel to Rennes in France, and then on to the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL!
Your donations so far have my return airfare almost covered, however the big expenses will be on the ground in Europe and especially in Cannes.
While Flicker & Fade is only a small, Super-8 film, the opportunities are huge. Please help! Thanks.