A STORY ABOUT STAYING PUT VERSUS MOVING FORWARD: Louis Chan’s STATIONARY Is NOW Available On The MYM YouTube Channel
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STATIONARY is a story about staying put versus moving forward.
The Fan Carpet are excited to present the Trailer for Louis Chan's STATIONARY, which is available NOW on Million Youth Media ‘MYM’`s YouTube Channel!
Taking place in a parked car over the course of one afternoon, Stationary follows former drug dealer Jimmy, as he confronts his drug dealing childhood best friend Che, about the example she's setting to her impressionable younger brother Gino.
Based in part on personal experience, Stationary is a look through the keyhole into a lifelong friendship that ended prematurely. Five years ago, Jimmy was arrested in a Police raid designed for Che and lucky to escape significant jail time.
Years have passed but the emotional scarring of the incident remains as does Jimmy’s bitterness towards Che. Jimmy struggles with his own masculinity as he now watches history on the cusp of repeating itself with Gino.
With Gino on the fence about applying to University, the stakes couldn’t be higher as Jimmy desperately tries to convince Che that her younger brother isn’t built for that world.
What unfolds is a pivotal moment between two strong characters whose lives have taken different paths, and whose personal shortcomings are brought to the surface by one another as they grapple with what is best for Gino.
Louis Chan - Writer/ Director
Chan has been working as a Director and Editor for the past four years on projects ranging from fashion commercials to online content and short films. Clients include Budweiser, WeTransfer, Rankin, Hunger TV, Coco De Mer and Microsoft.
In 2016, Chan completed directing his first documentary ILIA, premiering at the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Chan is a member of BAFTA CREW (2017-19) and alumni of B3 Media Talent Lab and Encounters Short Film Festival’s Widening the Lens 2017 mentorship programme.
Louis is currently working on his latest short Help Me Brother and a short form comedy series in partnership with the BBC writer's room.
Jonathan Caicedo Galindo - Producer
Colombian born and raised in East London, Jonathan’s background is in documentary filmmaking for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Arts as well as online platforms such as VOD, Random Acts, and ALL4. These projects focused on topics such as urban youth culture, The Mod movement and Northern Soul Culture. Jonathan has also worked on music projects which featured Dappy, Liz Bizu, and Paul Weller amongst others.
Since 2012, Jonathan has been curating the youth brand of the East End Film Festival, Cutting East. For Jonathan, STATIONARY is an extension of his previous work and he's excited to mark his first foray into the medium of drama and fiction.
Samira Oberberg - Director of Photography
Samira is a London based cinematographer. Originally from Germany, she has lived in Iceland and worked across Europe. Her fine short film work has already screened at some of the leading film festivals including Cannes, Edinburgh, Bristol Encounters and Raindance.
Samira worked at a kit house and as a camera assistant for several years before studying Cinematography at the prestigious National Film and TV School (NFTS). Samira is a junior member of the BVK, the German Society of Cinematographers.
Alexei Slater - Executive Producer
Alexei worked at former Beatle George Harrison's famed production company HandMade Films for over seven years before founding Turn The Slate Productions where he has produced/exec produced seven successful short films that have screened in dozens of film festivals and won many awards.
Alexei met Louis at the BFI Network x BAFTA Crew and is advising on the production.
Aaron Ward Thomas as JIMMY
Aaron Thomas Ward is a rising star with credits including Call The Midwife on BBC and the features Accident Man, Lie Low and Nefarious. Horror fans may recognise Aaron from his lead role in Crypt TV’s massively popular short film The Birch from 2016.
A very natural and adaptable actor, with strong dance, animal movement and fighting styles. His commitment to each role is based on finding the truth in a character and bringing it to life on screen.
Most recently, you might have seen Aaron as gang leader Jagger Rawley on BBC’s Eastenders.
Rebekah Murrell as CHE
Rebekah trained with the National Youth Theatre, Tricycle Young Company, The Actors Class and ALT. Her theatre work includes Whitewash (Soho); Anita in the Olivier Award-nominated Nine Night (National Theatre and Trafalgar Studios) and The Host(Yard).
TV includes Being Victor, Myths and The Roman Mysteries. Radio includes Blend and The Gift (BBC Radio 4).
As a director, her work includes J’Ouvert (Theatre503) and Interrupted (JW3).
In August 2019, Rebekah was nominated by the Hospital Club for the #h100Awards for her work across film, theatre and radio.
Xavien Russell as GINO
Xavien is a confident performer with a lot of character and charm. He has most recently worked with Minnow Films for Channel 4 on new TV series, The Watchman.
Xavien appeared as Michael in both series of Channel 4`s Top Boy and also worked with Hartswood Films on BBC comedy Me & Mrs Jones and appeared in the Ill Manors music video for Plan B as well as short film What If... for Vertigo/ BBC/ Film 4 as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012. Xavien has also worked with acclaimed Director Rankin on his short film Balance for Channel 4′s Random Acts.
"The inspiration for the film came when a close childhood friend explained the events surrounding the day his flat was raided by the Police and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drug dealing. It had been a long time coming...
He described a sinking feeling when he realised how much this singular moment might define his life. In reality my friend is an amalgam of both lead characters Jimmy and Che. They represent different sides to his character and I was fascinated by two things in particular: The idea of deconstructing his personality traits, fleshing him out into two characters and exploring the complexity of platonic male/female friendship. Confining the majority of the story to one location, allows us to really focus on the human story at the heart of the film.
This is a story about friendship; how what’s left unsaid is often as important as what’s said. But we also wanted to subvert the preconception of masculinity when we place former bully Jimmy in a position of not only emotional vulnerability, but also physically outmatched by a female character.
Given the nature of the piece taking place almost exclusively in a parked car, Stationary was always going to be made or broken on its casting. With the help of the lovely people at Hammond and Cox, we cast the extremely talented Aaron Thomas Ward (His Wake, Call the Midwife) and Rebekah Murrell (National Theatre's "Nine Night"); with Xavien Russell (Top Boy) completing our lead cast.
We are extremely excited to be sharing this film with you and thank you for reading!" said Louis, Writer and Director of Stationary
Production Designer - Kenzie Yeo Donaldson
Kenzie is a designer for films and commercials; working closely with Rankin Film.
Editor - Christopher CF Chow
Christopher C.F. Chow is known for his work on Charismata (2017), Purgatory (2006) and Social Suicide (2015). Costume Designer - Umps Machaka
Umps is a specialist in menswear styling, expressing and injecting her personal flare into each look she puts together.
Hair & Make-Up Artist - Diandra Ferreira
Diandra is passionate about storytelling and uses her skills in hair, makeup and makeup effects to help create believable characters. Her style is very naturalistic, transporting reality into the big screen.
Sound Designer - Michael F. Bates
Michael is a full member of the Association of Motion Picture Sound, the craft guild for film, television and game sound.
Script Supervisor - Lefteris Parasyris
He is part of the BAFTA NETWORK x BAFTA Crew and a Script Supervisor whose credits include multiple award-winning productions in the UK, USA and Greece, over the last 6 years.
Sound Recorder - Dave Sohanpal
Dave is a veteran sound recordist across TV and commercials. Dave is also a member of BAFTA NETWORK x BAFTA Crew.
Turn The Slate Productions can be found online too.
STATIONARY IS OUT NOW ON MILLION YOUTH MEDIA MYM YOUTUBE CHANNEL