Islington filmmaker aims for Cannes

A still from the film Gold, by Cleo Samoles-Little
A still from the film Gold, by Cleo Samoles-Little

Filmmaker Cleo Samoles-Little had her script, cast, and location all ready to make Gold – her first independent film.

But there was a slight hitch – she needed to raise £2,500 to pay for the crew and equipment.

A still from the film Gold, by Cleo Samoles-Little
A still from the film Gold, by Cleo Samoles-Little

The 26-year-old film production graduate from Highbury, who also works in a restaurant, enlisted the help of the public to raise the money via Indiegogo, an online crowdfunding website.

After a month-long campaign, £1,931 was raised, which was enough to get the ball rolling on production.

In her campaign video, Ms Samoles-Little says: “You’ll be supporting young British filmmakers – but you’re not just supporting me, you’re supporting the actors and the crew.”

The 15-minute film, about a young girl who develops a peculiar attachment to her goldfish, is currently in post-production.

She plans to submit her work to the Cannes and Sundance film festivals next year.

“We want to take this film all the way to the top,” she told Islington Now.

Ms Samoles-Little drew inspiration from her upbringing on a council estate off Essex Road, where the film is set.

She said: “Islington is a melting pot of varied classes, ethnicities and cultures. I focused the story on a working-class family and developed the characters around that class structure.

“It has been an amazing learning experience, and has opened my eyes to my capabilities and given me confidence as a filmmaker.”


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