Even though these ladies have just graduated from RCA and Central St. Martins, they have clearly decided not to waste their time and dedicate their talents to make cinema that has a strong socio-political message – and we absolutely love that! Katherine and Maria have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their first project Eddie and Frankie, a beautiful animated short film addressing the issue of unemployment in Britain. What a good way to start a career!
As we share exactly the same purpose, we rushed to interview these two kickass ladies and find out more about their film and plans for the future:
How did the idea for the film come about?
It evolved from a personal desire to research and understand the aftermath of the pit closures. We felt this was a part of British history that is often neglected in popular culture and education.
Characters then emerged from the research as we realised we had a very relevant story about work identity, how that affects the family and how it can affect future generations.
How is the topic of austerity and unemployment relevant now and should there be more films addressing the issue?
Absolutely, the topic of unemployment is too often brushed to the side with a comment along the lines of ‘they need to work harder’. Depicting an individual’s experience of unemployment challenges the dehumanising rhetoric surrounding benefits claimants.
Now when job centres are shutting down, food bank usage is at a record high and EU funding is about to be cut for some of our most vulnerable areas, it is vital that these events are represented in film. We need to see how this affects real people and move towards change.
Why did you decide to tell the story through the eyes of the child?
When you’re young, you’re impressionable, you see how the world works through a naive lens but when something happens to one of your parents, it affects you totally.
A child can pick up on when a parent is not happy sooner than they can, perhaps. So having a young and strong female protagonist made the most sense to tell this story. Furthermore, it’s important representation that you rarely see on the screen that is necessary to have.
You have such beautiful and unique style of illustration, what was the main inspiration behind it?
Katherine, our director, developed this style when she trained at the RCA using her hand crafted watercolour backgrounds and then applying traditional animation over the top of that in photoshop.
For this particular film we were also influenced by the work of Cartoon Saloon, who we feel are championing the animation world at the moment.
What are your future plans for conquering the world?
We want to keep telling stories with socio-political content whether that’s through live action or animated film making.
Education and research is also a large part of what we do as we want to encourage more women into writing and animation.
We need more women, not just behind the scenes, but actually creating the content and telling these stories.
Watch out for Eddie and Frankie making the headlines very soon!! Here’s the snippet of their upcoming debut: