We are very excited that our latest film - "The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley" - has now been completed. This is by far our biggest undertaking yet, as it is 50 minutes long - three times as long as our previous films.
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Sleeping Beauty was shot as part of the Various Voices Festival, a 4 day festival of gay and lesbian choirs from all over the world which took over the entire South Bank complex over the bank holiday weekend of May 1 – 4 2009. The marvellous locations include the Holy Redeemer Church Exmouth Market and the Purcell Room at the Royal Festival Hall.
One of the major challenges of this production was that we had to put together our very own lesbian choir! The choir, entitled "The Friends of Dusty" has recorded some wonderful music for the soundtrack of the film!
And we are thrilled that the lead role is played by Josie Walker, an extraordinary singing-actress who has played the leading female roles in the West End productions of "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Beautiful Game" (for which she received an Olivier nomination). Josie finished a sell-out run in the West End of Alan Bennett's black comedy, "Enjoy", with Alison Steadman, just before filming began.
The film was previewed at an invitation-only screening at the Riverside Studios in London and subsequently was given its official world premiere at the Verzaubert Film Festival, Germany's largest gay and lesbian film festival, where they screened it in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne.
All the screenings have had a very warm and emotional response from the audiences as you will see from the quotes below.
"Quite a few tears were cried in Munich and Berlin" Verzaubert Film Festival
"I was lucky enough to catch the preview at the Riverside Studios today, and have to say the film was immensely enjoyable. Josie Walker has an amazing voice, and there were moments of both pathos and humour throughout. Bravo and well done."
"A wonderful movie indeed, I agree! I saw it today at the public world premiere in Munich. Loved the touching story, the two main characters, the atmosphere, the story-telling, the humour and the singing- which particularly was superb and absolutely breath-taking!"
The film has also received a wonderful review on the film website "Shadows on the Wall".
"Beautifully shot and edited, this tender drama ambitiously tells its story with openly emotional acting and music..... The warm, gentle pace and elegantly slow-paced music perfectly match the honest story and characters. And this is what sets it apart from the usual whizzy, gimmicky one-off dramas out there. Not to mention the fact that it's rare to see a film so sensitively approach sexuality from the perspective of a 40-something woman."
If you would like to show "Sleeping Beauty" at your film festival, please contact CFMDC (full contact details available on our Sales page).