‘The Flower Gate’ is a magical realist and feminist short film metaphorically exploring oppression and destruction by telling the story of an Israeli-expatriate woman returning to Jerusalem for a visit, only to be confronted by the impact of her choices. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, ‘The Shadow’.
Mr HERNST has forgotten everything, even his own identity. Facing him, his doctor pushes trough the ages of his life trying to recover the memory of the event that made him forget everything.
Runtime:14 minutes 34 seconds
Country of Origin:France
Country of Filming:France
The story of a Boy who lives in a caravan park with his Mother, and a Monster who lives in a nearby woods…
What makes this project particularly unique, is how it combined the talents of professional filmmakers – the DOP, the Gaffer, etc – with a mixture of 14,15 and 16 year old students from the Citizenship Media Group (a charity in South London set up to work with aspiring young filmmakers), who acted as the First AD, Second AD, Camera Assistant and more.
The process of making this film was a real collaborative and learning experience for all involved. Funded in part by the Big Lottery Fund, the film was developed off the back of months of workshops with young people in South London as part of the Citizenship Media Group (‘CMG’), and saw many of those young people become part of the production crew.
Not only was this a great learning experience for everybody – both the professionals and the students – but I firmly believe we managed to make a really terrific film out of it too; one which I am tremendously proud of.
We hope you enjoy what we managed to make.
Rich and the crew