Your new movie Rose
- in a few words, what is it about?
is based on truth, that's the first point to make so my ultimate
aim was to be true to the Real Rose's journey and her message, which was
hope! Rose is a hopeful woman broken by drugs, prostitution and controlled
by a man named 'Blondie', a Czar-like figure who rules his area with an
As far as I know, Rose
is based on a short of yours by the same name - so what prompted you to
extend that one to feature length, and how did the project fall together
to begin with?
Yes, I originally made the film as a short
but always had the feature in mind, the short was made very fast, scripted,
shot & edited within 4 months. It was then taken to the Cannes Film
Fesitval by one of my main actors, it was screened to various producers
and industry people. The short was well-received picking up a special
mention, which got me interested in developing it into feature length,
when the hard work of development began the film spent over two years in
development going through various drafts and slowly changes from the film
I set out to make. I spent a lot of time in meetings with various people
promising a lot and not delivering on those promises, so in late 2010 I
decided to self produce, which led me to where I am now with the film.
Do talk about your writer Stephen
Loveless for a bit, and what was the collaboration with him like?
Loveless is an old school writer, very much the creative and great at story-telling he would still be typing on an old typewriter if he could, I have
known him ever since I was a student at college and knew I wanted to work
with him on the right project - Rose
was that project. It was a tough
journey for us both as sometimes I would ask him to deliver a draft in
time for a big meeting, and he only had seven days in which to produce a
full draft for which I am grateful.
What can you tell us
about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
funny you ask, as my approach to directing Rose
was so polar opposite to
most of my previous films. I feel I found my own voice with Rose
know how and why I like to handle the material the way I do. My approach
is total realism, I want to find the truth in all the stories I tell, but
never treat the viewer with comtempt. I like to create real worlds for my
characters to live and breath in and I feel this creates realistic stories
talk about your key cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?
I was stuck in development I could see the film slipping away from me, I
decided I have to make this film on my own terms, that meant choosing
people I felt would stick by my vision and follow me on this tough
journey. I essentially wanted control of all aspects of the production.
can you tell us about your actual shoot, and the on-set atmosphere?
The shoot was the most chaotic and painful shoot I have ever
experienced, it was the most gruelling & intense shoot with our
shortest day being 16hours the longest day was 36hours. The atmosphere was
tense, but I don't mind that, sometimes on film sets (and I have worked on
a lot) there is a tendency for people to lose focus, and this can effect
the overall production. So I purposely set a tense atmosphere with various
techniques to make sure this didn't happen too much. I know it was tough
for everyone involved but what came out of this approach was complete
oneness, it was basically like a hippie commune for two weeks with everyone
feeling like family. It was tense but it was fun at the same time and
everyone worked so hard to achieve something they can all be proud of.
$64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the
The film is due for release 2014 with Shami
Media, who is our distributor. They are at present securing all deals for an
international release. So if anyone wants to watch the film keep a look
out on all our sites which will detail where and when you can purchase the
What can you tell us about audience and
critical reception of your movie so far?
has had a
great reception starting off with our festival tour where we played
numerous festivals worldwide. We also picked up a prestigious award at the
Amsterdam Film Festival 2012, the Van Gogh Cinematic Vision Award, which
was very gratefully received. The film is receiving postive reviews from
critcs at present with more reviews to come once the film is released to
projects you'd like to share?
My slate is looking really
good right now, my latest production Malady which I co-produced and
is my main focus, as we are about to launch in international film festivals
before its worldwide release. It's to date the best experience I have had
on a film [Malady
interview with Kemal and Jack James - click here]. Myself and Jack James,
director of Malady, have numerous projects
that we are developing with our company Realist Productions Ltd.
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You can find out more about Rose
For more information about me as a filmmaker go to www.kemalyildirim.com
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Just want to
thank everyone involved in the making of Rose,
and to yourself for the
interview, also to the real Rose whose journey we are representing, her
strength and hope will always be an inspiration to me.