SATURDAY

10 Décembre 2016, 18:44

Directed by: MIKE FORSHAW

Genre: DRAMA

Running Time: 15m 12s

Year of production: 2015

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

April 15th 1989. One game of football is about to affect Liam and the city of Liverpool forever. SATURDAY is a fictional account of how the Hillsborough stadium disaster – which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters – unfolded for one family back home in Merseyside.

 

PRODUCTION AND DSTRIBUTION:

 

Production Company: MAGNIFIED PICTURES LIMITED

Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

 

CAST:

 

HARRISON VAUGHAN

ELIZABETH BERRINGTON

NEIL FITZMAURICE

 

 

FULL CREDITS:

 

Director: MIKE FORSHAW

Screenwriter: MIKE FORSHAW & NEIL FORSHAW

Producer: JESSICA LEVICK

Executive Producer: WAYNE SCHOLES

Assistant Director: MYRIA PANAYIOTOU

Director of Photography: BRIAN FAWCETT

Production Designer: ANNA LAVELLE

Sound Designer and Sound Re-Recording Mixer: GUNNAR ÓSKARSSON

Editing: SAM BLAIR

Music Composer: N/A

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS:

 

Genre: DRAMA

Sub-genre: SPORTS / FOOTBALL

Production language: ENGLISH

Country of origin: UK

Year of production: 2015

Total running time: 15m 12s

Production format: SHOT ON 35MM

Color type: COLOUR Aspect ratio: 2:40:1

Sound format: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo

 

AWARDS:

 

Honorable Mention - Nashville Film Festival 2015 - Narrative Shorts

Best Fiction Film Award - BCN Sports Film Festival 2015

 

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS:

 

Sundance Film Festival

Aspen Shortsfest

Nashville Film Festival

Palm Springs Shortsfest

BCN Sports Festival Barcelona

Montclair Film Festival New Jersey

Seattle Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

Indy Film Fest – Indianapolis

Melbourne International Film Festival

Sarajevo Film Festival

Milan Film Festival

This is England Film Festival - Rouen France

Kazan Worldwide Final of World FICTS Challenge 2015

Asiana Short Film Festival – South Korea

Exground Filmfest – Wiesbaden Germany

London Short Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival London 2016

International Football Film Festival – Berlin

Thinking Football Film Festival – Bilbao

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

 

Born and raised in Liverpool, Mike Forshaw studied film at Northumbria University before moving to London to study Fiction Direction at the National Film & Television School. His graduation film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and his shorts have screened at numerous UK and international film festivals. In 2013 SATURDAY was awarded a top prize during Nisi Masa’s European Short Pitch, and the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In 2014 Mike was selected for Torino Film Lab’s AdaptLab workshop, and he is currently developing his first feature, KING OF GRAIN, with Agile Films (NEXT GOAL WINS, BEAST).

DIRECTOR’S INTENTION

 

Nearly thirty years on Hillsborough remains the biggest sporting disaster in British history. Yet although the loss of life has been well documented, the immediate impact on the families in Merseyside – who watched helplessly at home as the tragedy unfolded on their television screens – is often overlooked.

 

By viewing the events through the eyes of a child, and setting this short away from the scene of the disaster, I hope to approach this emotive issue from a fresh perspective. The simplicity of the narrative structure is designed to allow the audience to grasp the parallels between the family’s experiences in Liverpool and the avoidable horror that occurred in the stadium.

 

My vision for the aesthetic is inspired by British poetic realism, specifically the visceral work of Steve McQueen. The cinematography is inflected and interpretative throughout, and includes flights of surrealism to signal that this is a symbolic exploration of the disaster rather than a factual representation.

 

The project is supported by both the Hillsborough Family Support Group and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, who both agree that we were dealing with an aspect of the disaster that is often forgotten. Their only guidance was that we approach the subject matter with truth and sensitivity.

 

This Film is dedicated to the 96 Men, Women & Children who died on 15th April 1989.

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