Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:50:37 GMT
Rollo Hollins’s work as a director straddles fiction and non-fiction. He applies stylised, almost documentary-like snippets of light, colour, sound – and silences. Silence is the real protagonist in his latest work with Armoury, Silence 1b, a gorgeously conceived piece of visual brutality.
Rollo explains how he got obsessed with the idea of coping with loss over something we haven’t known long enough to feel any ownership over. This is an early relationship, unpronounced or published; it is hidden when the movie starts and will remain hidden after its violent conclusion.
“A very early-stage relationship embodied that well,” says Rollo, “something that can feel incredibly important personally, but if no-one knew about it, if you hadn’t even had a chance to put a name to it and it ended abruptly, how ‘real’ was it and how would you work with that?”
The movie strives to blur the divide between fiction and non-fiction; it uses a ploy based on something Rollo observed while researching special effects for another movie. “I started noticing these incredibly emotive, yet emotionally distant titles that SFX (special effects) use - ‘Respirator, noisy’ - and wondered if Film as a medium could represent that safe space and distance to help think about loss,“ he says.
The result is mesmerising. The movie sets out to offer an anti-narrative that distances itself from emotional gestures, and it avoids fully exposing the two young women involved in this tragically short, doomed relationship. The sound, the evocative music (beautifully scored by Adem Ilhan), and the fierce editing make it clear that one of the two women is mourning the loss of the other while trying to deal with the fact that their relationship ended so devastatingly soon.
Rollo is adamant that he offers an experience instead of a narrative. “I wanted it to be loose enough that the viewer can place themselves in the film and be taken on an emotional journey they weren’t expecting.” He is not sure the movie has any answers, “but I hope it’s a surprising space that lets the viewer dwell on those thoughts and emotions for a little while,” he says.
Rollo has been trained under maverick director & cinematographer Chris Herd before spending eight years doing his own work as a director of photography and garnering awards for his work in the UK and the US. About Silence 1b he says that the movie is different from his commercial work. “It’s definitely not commercial, it’s not even narrative and I definitely wanted to get away from the more structured writing I’ve been doing on long-form projects.”
“I think there is a common theme in using film to transport the viewer to an emotionally open, reflective space,” he says. “I think that’s the thing film does best when done right. I would rather people be feeling than thinking.“
"Rollo’s eye for the cinematic and background in documentary allows him to create visually rich films with natural performances that seek to blur the lines between authored and discovered content." (vimeopro.com)
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WRITER & DIRECTOR: Rollo Hollins
PRODUCTION CO: Armoury
CREATIVE PRODUCER: Ray Okudzeto
PRODUCER: Sofia Sallon
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Matt Hichens
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Oliver Ford
EDITOR: James Demetrio
MUSIC BY: Adem Ilhan
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tors Beedles
STYLIST: Alicia Ellis
MUA: Bethany Bullard
CASTING: People File
COLOURIST: Toby Tomkins
SOUND: Grand Central Recording Studios
Sound Designer: Tom Keats
Senior Sound Design Supervisor : Munzie Thind
Starring: Bárbara Maldonado, Alice Macrae
With support from: Andrew Normanv, Andrew Mcdonald, Azhar Hussain, Sharon Wymark, Suzy Kidman, Mark Conway, Ayesha Galanido, Doug Setters, Ashutosh Choubey, Paul Mcfadyen, Lola Black, Colleen O’Keefe, Gina May Gilpin, Oliver Hathorn, Daniel Lidchi, Nicholas Coombs, Jordan Wharf-Young, Zoe Kahhne, Echo Ray Ilhan
Genres: People, Storytelling
Categories: Short Films and Music Videos, Short filmsArmoury, Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:50:37 GMT