34 - Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Q - Digital or visual media
One Day Films Ltd
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The production of the feature film Cleft Lip involved a prolonged period of independent research for Erik Knudsen as producer, writer, director and editor lasting over 4 years of focused research engagement, ranging from: the underpinning literary and theoretical research to the creative engagement with a creative team of collaborators from the main cast to the extras, the cinematographer to costume designers and from sound designer to music composer. In total there are 84 named contributors in the credits. The research also involved exploring innovative ways of distributing and exhibiting the film.
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Cleft Lip constitutes practice research located within the field of narrative independent film and world cinema.Heritage and histories are critical to framing our present and shaping our futures. With reference to previous applied theoretical outputs by Knudsen, including the monograph Finding The Personal Voice In Filmmaking and the journal articles, The Total Filmmakerand Zen and The Art of Film Narrative, Cleft Lip explores, through micro budget film practice that is empowering a new generation of independent filmmakers, new ways of engaging with elements of composition, performance, editing, sound and narrative structure to create an independent cinematic paradigm that can truly liberate the cinematic storyteller from existing hegemonic approaches to telling the epic and prototypical story. Situating Cleft Lip within the seminal literary adaptation contexts of Joyce (Ulysses, 1922), and the seminal cinematic adaptation contexts of Bresson (L’Argent, 1984 from Dostoyevsky), Kaurismäki (Crime and Punishment, 1983, from Dostoyevsky), and Kieslowski (Dekalog, 1989, from The Old Testament), supplemented by the theoretical works of Booker (The Seven Basic Plots, 2004) and Koestler (The Act of Creation, 1964) and Hogan (The Mind And Its Stories, 2003), Cleft Lip has taken on the classics of classics, Sophocles’ Oedipus, for which there are no contemporary cinematic adaptations, and created a world’s first film adaptation rooted in the contemporary everyday.Cleft Lip was produced by One Day Films Ltd and is the winner of Best Feature Film at the Black Star International Film Festival 2018 and the Best Foreign Film at the Lebanese Independent Film Festival 2018. Cleft Lip is due for UK theatrical release from the 8 March 2019 and worldwide VOD release (iTunes, Amazon Prime and Google Play) on the 15 March 2019.