London based production company Greatcoat Films recently signed photographer and filmmaker Anna Fearon. They were impressed by Anna’s existing body of work that showcased her passion for celebrating people of colour, specifically people of the African Diaspora. Anna is also the editor and founder of print magazine Blue Magazine.
As an upcoming director Anna’s work came to the attention of Random Acts, Channel 4's short film strand that is dedicated to the arts. Founded in 2011, the division breaks free from the conventions of arts broadcasting and seek directors who are committed to expanding the possibilities of film, provoke thought and play with form.
Anna wrote and presented a fully developed concept to Random Acts to sit within their Black History series. The film would explore her personal vision of being queer and a person of colour in a world that often misrepresents people in her position.
Anna created ‘The Muse’, an intimate short film that brings together a group that encompasses women and non binary people, as they discuss their common experience of being both queer and black.
While reflected in a mirror each person presents a moment of introspective reflection as they share their personal view of themselves and how others and wider society perceive them.
Anna has selected a thoughtful and dynamic group made up of artists from varied disciplines. From dancers to filmmakers and writers to painters, each is carving their own identity while exploring their personal narratives.
The inspiring group share a vision of the future and indeed their own futures that is both hopeful and indeed joyous. The world they envision is a world we should all strive to exist within.
Anna comments: "The film for me is a moment of reflection for yourself rather than for others. The act of looking in the mirror is a private moment with yourself, of recognising yourself. As a queer person of colour you’re subjected to prejudgements, misrepresentation and lack there of. To me 'The Muse' is about self acknowledgement and of defining our own narratives. 'The Muse' is just a fragment of a much wider discourse of identity and intersectionality.
“It has been exciting for me to explore my personal vision, without creative restrictions through the support of Random Acts.”
‘The Muse’ is now available to view on All 4 or here