The Plaza is proud to be showing a Free Screening of Blackbird. A film from a team of film makers that met at the Plaza.
Three young filmmakers, also known as ‘Some Guys with a Camera’ met at the Plaza to take part in a Children in Need funded film and creative media project are now about to host their own premiere screening at the Plaza Community Cinema.
Their film ‘Blackbird’ has been released to much critical acclaim, including selection for the Buenos Aires International Film Festival as well as being finalists at the Flickfair Festival in June this year.
Scripted, directed and produced by Conor O’Neil, John Reynolds and Matthew Reynolds the film set in Liverpool in 1985, focuses upon nihilistic loner, Mary Kate as she turns to petty crime to climb the class ladder as an inner city avenger.
Previously, the trio worked alongside 27 other young people aged 13-19 years to produce ‘The Dark Shadow’ a short film exploring issues linked to the impact of bullying. With support from the Plaza, Cottonfield Films and creative freelancers they were able to gain experience of acting, scriptwriting, make-up, set design, music composition as well as all aspects of film production.
The Plaza has a tradition of giving a platform to young filmmakers, enabling them to screen their work to the public and seek feedback. Christine Physick, arts and education director at the Plaza was thrilled to hear of their success, and was delighted to offer them a screening at the Plaza. Adding:
‘I am very proud of what they have achieved. It is amazing that three young lads from Liverpool have attracted the attention of judges at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival as well as FlickFair. We are delighted to help them on their journey as filmmakers by showcasing their talents at the Plaza.’
Matthew Reynolds director said:
“For a film shot in my Nan’s living room with my mates as the cast, we are incredibly flattered by the success Blackbird has had! If it wasn’t for the Plaza Cinema we’d have never started Some Guys with a Camera, so it’s a brilliant full-circle moment to be screening it there.”
Conor O’Neil, producer added:
“There are many projects I’m proud of, but I think Blackbird is the perfect culmination of all our own personal strengths, weaknesses and styles to create something that is truly a “Some Guys with a Camera” film. Warts and all.”
John Reynolds, producer commented:
“Working on filmmaking projects run by Christine at the Plaza really reinforced my idea that creativity brings out the best in people. Film inspires me to see the world in all its colours and ideas.”
The public will also have a chance to see ‘Blackbird’ at the Plaza on Monday 7th September at 7.00pm and take part in a Q/A with the director, producers and actors Phoebe Riding and Ugnius Gorbaciovas.
Tickets for this event are free, but the Plaza is asking those attending to make a small donation on the night to help support the work of the community cinema. The cinema has enhanced covid-19 security protocols in place, including rigorous cleaning routines, hand sanitiser and socially distanced seating.
Admission is free but tickets need to be reserved in advance. If you would like to see ‘Blackbird’ please email Christine Physick; [email protected] with your name, a contact number and the number of seats you would like.