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An Interview with Anthony Vander, Director of The Tutor

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2016

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Your upcoming movie The Tutor - in a few words, what is it about?


It is a story about love, loss and letting go (Iím just saying the logline, haha). It's a character-driven feature film about adversity.


With The Tutor taking place in the world of ballet - is that something you're particularly fond of in your private life?


There are many physical forms of self expression that interest me. The world of street dance I explored in my second play Studio 66. Modern dance and physical theatre fascinate me but ballet was the first form of physical expression that came to mind immediately. I have seen a couple of ballet shows and had a couple of lessons during my actor training but thatís as far as it goes. I guess ballet on screen gained my attention more than anything else. From Red Shoes to Black Swan I feel that cinema reinvigorated my admiration.


(Other) sources of inspiration for writing The Tutor?


The film deals with themes of education and adversity. As well as being an filmmaker, actor and producer I have also worked in teaching for over three years now. Working with children and teaching them inspired me. The effort and dedication of not only parents but also children was something that I wanted to highlight. I wanted to tell a story that was personal to me. They always say "write what you know best." These themes that are present within the film are themes that not only inspire me but also need to be talked and acted upon. The theme of adversity is something that is universal and provides inspiration. All of us on some form or level have had to face adversity so it inspired me hugely.


Do talk about the film's intended look and feel!


I want the film to feel as honest and true as possible. I canít say it will look gritty and I canít say it will look raw but I can say that it will create a vision that's honest and truthful. I'm influenced by ďsocial realistĒ filmmakers among many others so I will take inspiration from their works of art.


Anything you can tell us about your cast yet, and why exactly these people?


Anniwaa Buachie will be playing the lead role of Alex. She is an incredibly talented hard working actor. I wanted to cast her as Alex because I know that she has had to face many of the challenges and has come over adversity in her career and life. She is currently based in LA and has appeared in Silent Witness and Holby City among other programs. We also have John Terence and Stefan Bakic attached to the film. They are both very talented actors who have many many years between them.


As far as I know, The Tutor's still in pre-production as we speak - so what's the schedule?


We are attaching more cast to the project and also attracting more investors to the film. We will shoot this summer. Iím working with production company Film Engine which have been handling things on the production/business side. The company and its CEO Phil Taylor have been raising more than a 100 million in film finance for UK Films. I take my hat off to him as a mentor and a friend. You know this project has been two years in the making so let's hope the schedule finally gets its take off.


The $64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public (and I do realize it's probably waaay too early to ask)?


Hahaha as early as it is Iím glad you asked. The film will be released in late 2016. We will be doing the festival circuit across the world and then have a limited theatrical release before making it available on social media platforms. We also plan to screen the film across schools and universities across the world.


Any future projects you'd like to share beyond The Tutor?


YES. I'm launching Distortion Actors (, which provides different services for actors such as casting directors workshops and drama tutoring to help take their careers to the next level. Iím collabrating on a new feature film with Joe Harvey as a actor/producer which will be filming later this year. My first feature Sweetboy will be screening on London Live TV channel in April. I made that on zero budget (when I mean zero I mean zero). We had no expectations but we have screened here and across the Atlantic, and now its coming to UK television screens so Iiím feeling very blessed.


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I trained as an actor at Drama Centre London for three years but I had no formal training in the world of filmmaking. To go way back I remember my parents taking me to the cinema very often. My brother is also a film director so he imparts wisdom and knowledge to me.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Tutor?


I did a bit of directing in theatre after drama school but decided to make the transition to film as that was my passion. I made my own short film Hooligan. That screened at the Short Corner at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and gave me a platform and more confidence, and then I moved onto a feature film, Sweetboy (which I acted, directed and produced).


How would you describe yourself as a director?


A passionate actors' director.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Scorsese, Spielberg, Ken Loach, Alan Clarke, Mike Leigh, Spike Lee, Steve McQueen, Robert Bresson. InŠrritu, I could go on and on to be honest, lol.


Your favourite movies?


On the Waterfront, Pickpocket, Cinema Paradiso, The Empire Strikes Back, Citizen Kane, The Godfather Part 2.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


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Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?



Twitter: @Tutorfilm

Instagram: @Thetutormovie


My website:


Anything else you're dying to mention that I've merely forgotten to ask?


Yes I would like to mention and give a huge shoutout to Phil Taylor of Film Engine, my parents, yourself (Iím a fan of your blog), my friends and family that have supported me since day one.


Thanks for the interview!


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