Thanks to everybody who has viewed, liked and shared Transference on YouTube, where it has just topped a whopping 8.5M Views!!! 8 is considered the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture, associated with wealth. As a gesture of goodwill and to pay the way for future film collaborations, I am marking this moment by writing director Raffaello Degruttola a cheque, immediately, for the sum of HK$8 (US$1.02), doubling his net worth! 😆
If you haven’t already seen it, you can view the feature-length film I was lucky enough to co-produce below!
Transference has received over 5.2M views on YouTube! The bipolar love story by Raffaello Degruttola explores the corrosive impact unresolved mental health issues have on an obsessive relationship. The film was made with a lot of heart and features haunting performances by its two leads. I was lucky enough to co-produce it. If you’ve not checked it out, you can watch the whole thing for free here! #mentalhealthmatters #controventofilms #1091pictures #mentalideas
The indie film I co-produced has just soared to over 4.3 million views on YouTube! Thanks to everybody who’s watched and supported the film’s mental health mission!
CONGRATULATIONS to co-producer, actor (and Mental Ideas ambassador) Simone Lahbib for winning Best First-Time Director and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Soho London Film Festival last night for her directing debut Swipe Right, a chilling thriller exploring the perils of mobile dating apps! 🍾 🤩 🙌
Transference keeps on keeping on surpassing mental milestones: the indie feature film I helped co-produce (through Mental Ideas) is fast approaching 3.7M views on YouTube! Thanks to everyone who has watched and supported it! Had we charged a cent a view, we’d have actually broken even! But of course the film’s purpose was to raise awareness of important mental health issues, not to make money (as I continue to console Raff…🤣 🤣 🤣)
Can’t WAIT to see Raff‘s latest ingenious film Little Boxes, shot entirely on Zoom in lockdown! It’s racking up an impressive array of awards nominations, despite still being in post-production! Congrats Raff, producers Lee Boardman (my old flatmate in London billions of light years ago!), his gorgeous wife Jennifer James and the talented group of actors they train and mentor at their Manchester-based acting school/ company Actor Tribe who star in the film!
I’m hoping to catch up with Raff and Lee for a chat (on Zoom – ironically…) about the film on S2 of Mental Ideas on RTHK Radio 3! You can watch Lee playing Arron Banks in Brexit: An Uncivil War on HBO in Hong Kong now!
Transference has already received over 1.7M views on YouTube!!! So proud of my involvement as a co-producer of this feature-length indie film to raise awareness of mental health! Congratulations Raff (director/ male lead) and to everyone who worked on it since its conception in 2019! 🙏 🙏🏽 🙏🏿
Check out my new gig at Clever Films! CEO James Daly and his partners in crime are producing a slate of horror flicks following his horror debut with Let Us Prey, starring Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna McIntosh. I am excited to have been offered a creative role as a development producer and an opportunity to head the company’s social responsibility program – investing in social enterprise schemes that support marginalized groups of people.
Transference, the bipolar love story I co-produced in 2020 with Contro Vento Films, was one of the first films to be shown at the 2021 Arizona International Film Festival, which kicked off April 14! Director and actor Raffaello Degruttola gave an illuminating webinar on his inspirations behind the film on Zoom @ 3pm PST on Saturday. If you missed it, please don’t cry! You can still catch it on the festival’s YouTube channel for at least another week!
Thanks to the festival for selecting Transference (originally for its 2020 film festival, which was cancelled because of COVID) and to the Tuscon Weekly for mentioning our micro budget indie film in their article about the festival!
WOW! Can’t believe it’s been an entire DECADE since I ran off to La La Land with one of my Prince’s Trust mentees, ‘Lucky’ Luke Tucker, to make this quirky little half-hour doc for Sky TV‘s H&C channel! Damn, I miss spontaneous air travel! These days the only flying by the seat of my pants that can be done is in the (un)professional work sense. The doc saw me accompany Luke as he trained as an apprentice horse whisperer at the Californian home of legendary horse whisperer Monty Roberts. Good times!