Your upcoming movie Stereotype - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
It is about the power of choice and the
consequence of our choices. Through knife crime we explore this subject
alongside the issues of stereotyping.
Do talk about the
message of Stereotype for a bit, and why do you feel so strongly
about knife violence?
Our research highlighted that many of the knife crimes are situations
where people get caught in a moment through stupidity. By using a knife
not only do they affect their life but they also affect so many others
people’s lives forever.
Alongside this knife crime in the UK is a big problem, in fact bigger
than anything we could imagine when we started researching the subject. So
we decided to create a film that would look at the consequence but also
allow our character Leroy to make a powerful choice and do the right
How did the project fall together in the first place?
saw the murder of Daniel Pollen on Facebook and we were so shocked we felt
compelled to do something positive about the situation of knife crime and
started discussing ideas. We then did research around Nottingham talking
to young people and someone told us this amazing story of a kid that went
out to kill someone on a revenge attack and instead saved someone’s
life, it was a bit random but that was their story and it inspired us!
far as I know, you're currently running a fundraiser for your film - so
what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?
we started two days ago and already we have hit nearly 10% of the target
with over 297 shares of the video, it has had an amazing response and we
haven’t even sent a press release out. I really feel that the general
public want us to do this project because it has no agenda, we will make
the film, create the worksheets for youth associations and all of this
will be free for any youth association.
Once your funds are
raised, how do you plan to proceed?
Well we shoot from the
30th March to the 4th April so it’s go go go and
at the same time we will be keeping people updated with a daily blog.
can you tell us about the intended look and feel of your movie?
have a top DOP Richard Dunton on board who trained at NFTS he’s amazing.
We sat down and said we liked the look and feel of Shame, Drive and we
love Kubrick’s work with one point perspective as we want to make urban
beautiful and find a different angle to Leroy’s world.
talk about your film's crew for a bit, and what will they bring to the
Well I have already mentioned Richard, we then have
Kieron Edwards, storyboard artist for Misfits and Song For Marion, he brings
a real shape to scenes and challenges our story telling. Mike McLoughlin
is an award winning art director and he is very much focused on getting
truth into the design but making sure the sets tell a story and are not
just pretty. Al Clark our executive producer who made London To Brighton
is the godfather of our production, he is an amazing coach and helps and
guides us. So overall we are very lucky at such a young age to have so
much experience on the set.
Anything you can tell us about
your tentative cast yet?
Ok, we have a BAFTA winner that
will be confirming next week. We promise to tell you next week.
$64-question of course, when and where will the film be released (even
though it might be waaay too early to ask)?
future projects beyond Stereotype you'd like to share?
are working on a black comedy called Swing Vote about a political couple,
and a fun vampire film about a group of teenagers living in Whitby, the
place Dracula visited 300 years ago
(well that’s what they tell me).
got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
Jordan: I went through the BFI
academy and then was selected for the NFTS campus and I did a load of 1st
light courses – alongside this I have knocked on doors to get work
experience and I am really lucky to be part of Paul Andrew Williams crew.
I trained at University of Central Lancashire in Journalism and then
started making short films, being a part of shooters and working with like
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Stereotype?
We completed Richard III: A
of a King's Love, that was well received because we mixed animation with live
action. It was selected for BFI Futures Festival, One To Watch National
Youth Festival, Cornwell, best film Cinemagic, finalist Filming
Shakespeare, it was a great reception for our first short film.
talk about your production company McGibney Productions for a bit,
and the philosophy behind it!
Simple – global appealing
audience with small stories that are character driven. We are working on
shorts this year but we will be launching our first micro budget feature
How would you describe yourselves as directors?
based – we want to make the environment as honest and real for the
actors so it’s really important that our crew buy into our actors and
philosophy no matter how weird it gets LOL.
who inspire you?
Jordan: Edgar Wright, Steve McQueen.
Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, M. Night Shyamalan.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Shame, Shaun Of The
Dead, Hurt Locker,
Pulp Fiction, Sixth Sense.
... and of course, films you
To be honest we like all kinds of films and
we know how difficult it is to make a movie!
movie's website, Facebook, Kickstarter, whatever else?
Thanks for the interview!