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Fresh Film and Director Stefan Hunt Win BAFTA for 'They Saw The Sun First'

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The film and director won Best Short Form Programme

Fresh Film and Director Stefan Hunt Win BAFTA for 'They Saw The Sun First'

Fresh Film New York and director Stefan Hunt won Best Short Form Programme for ‘They Saw The Sun First’, a genre-bending art-house documentary using dance and physicality to explore themes of youthfulness, ageing, fear, regret. A film full of old souls and young spirits. 

In Stefan’s words, ‘In a year when the elderly were so affected by the pandemic, this film felt so timely to celebrate the beauty and the wisdom of our elders.’ 

The film addresses the often deepening chasm that exists between our generations. It sets out to reframe this by listening first and interpreting what it means to listen to our elders. 

Various dancers were given a voice to interpret (without ever meeting the owner of that voice) through dance, movement, emotive states and space, the younger generation of dancers are led by Movement Director Vanessa Marian to create their emotive performances. 

The film’s title derives from an old African proverb: “Old people’s speech is not to be dishonoured - after all, they saw the sun first.” 

The documentary was produced by Fresh Film Productions, New York for Red Bull Media House, London & Salzburg - part of an initiative focused on excellent storytelling applied to human interest documentaries. 

Link to full film and trailer here

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Directed by: @stefan_hunt 

Produced by: @jessmlowe 

Cinematography by: @cole__graham 

Movement Directed by: @vanessamarian_ 

Score by: @frenchkiwijuice 

Casting by: @kateantognini 

Production Designer: @nilssonlikeharry 

Steadicam: @asmarterwarholic 

1st AC: @mikaelbidard_photography 

2nd AC: @therealjamestrussin 

1st AD: @jimmycoldman 

Sound: @julianttal 

Wardrobe: @upstatekate25 

Gaffer: @prannoying 


Production Manager: @chelseaayllon 

Sound Mix: @smokeychocolate 

Sound Producer: @kyraeh1993 

Sound Assist: @mandifuents 

Post Producer: @okca 

Edited by: @akamrmagoo 

Colour: @mattfezz 

VFX: @mattfezz 

Titles: @stefan_hunt 

Executive Producer: @aarkangel 

Prod co: @freshfilm_productions Edit house @arc_edit 

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Fresh Film, Mon, 07 Jun 2021 16:27:35 GMT