Strings (2012 film)

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Strings
Directed byRob Savage
Produced byNathan Craig, Rob Savage[1][2]
Screenplay byRob Savage
StarringPhiline Lembeck
Oliver Malam
Hannah Wilder
Music byJohnny Clyde
Thom Robson
Robin Schlochtermeier
CinematographyRob Savage
Edited byRob Savage
Production
company
Idle Films
Distributed byVertigo Films
Release date
  • September 2012 (2012-09) (Raindance Film Festival)
Running time
89 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£3000

Strings is a 2012 British drama film directed and written by Rob Savage. After a successful run in a number of film festivals,[3] it went on to win the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards. Applauded for its success despite its low budget, the total cost of production was just £3,000.[4] Director, writer, cinematographer and editor, Savage took strong commitments to get the film produced including lack of sleep to the point of hallucinating.[5]

Plot[edit]

The story follows four young people and their romantic endeavours in that blissful summer before they leave home to go to university. Grace (Philine Lembeck) is a visiting German student, soon to return home. She falls for the quiet, distant Jon (Oliver Malam), whilst her best friend Scout (Hannah Wilder) becomes entangled in an increasingly violent relationship with her long-term boyfriend Chris (Akbar Ali).

Cast[edit]

  • Philine Lembeck as Grace
  • Oliver Malam as Jon
  • Hannah Wilder as Scout
  • Sid Akbar Ali as Chris
  • Giorgio Spiegelfeld as Giorgio
  • Sandra Hüller as Mother
  • Durassie Kiangangu as Michael

Production[edit]

Writing[edit]

Savage was originally working on the short film Sit In Silence when he watched the film Requiem. He was so moved by the lead actresses (Sandra Hüller) performance that he contacted her when they met in Munich. After that Hüller introduced Savage to another actress she was mentoring at the time: Philine Lembeck. After that Savage began re-writing the script and spent an entire year re-writing it.[6]

Filming[edit]

Strings was shot on a Sony FX-1 with an SG Blade 35mm Lens. Filming took roughly a month.[7]

Distribution[edit]

The film won the Raindance Award at British Independent Film Awards.[8] It was there, where it was recognised by Vertigo Films. Vertigo Films picked up the film on 5 December 2012.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2232656/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1
  2. ^ http://www.raindance.co.uk/site/index.php?aid=8921
  3. ^ Rob Savage Official Director Website
  4. ^ Raindance Interview with Rob Savage
  5. ^ "Filmmaker Interview #3 – Rob Savage". http://write-shoot-cut.com/. Retrieved 22 August 2011. External link in |newspaper= (help)
  6. ^ "Filmmaker Interview #3 – Rob Savage". http://write-shoot-cut.com/. Retrieved 22 August 2011. External link in |newspaper= (help)
  7. ^ EatSleepLive website
  8. ^ British Independent Film Awards Archived 15 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Vertigo Films website

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