Don’t Look at the Finger 2017

Single Channel HD Video, stereo sound
Duration: 16 minutes 8 seconds

‘Don’t Look at the Finger’ is, at one level, an exploration of how the highly stylised genre conventions of Hong Kong martial arts movies have permeated the mainstream through the influence of directors like Quentin Tarantino and in blockbusters like The Matrix. It is also a reminder of how some of the highly specific signature symbols of historical cultural traditions and languages can become interestingly blurred and entangled in today’s hybrid and eclectic visual landscape. Shot in a church, Don’t Look At The Finger presents a wedding ceremony where bodies speak physically, where the protagonists seek human connection through ritual, combat and signed languages.

Encompassing the UK, North America, South and East Asia, and West Africa, the confluence of culturally specific reference points inform the fluid relationship between reality and fiction that we see in this film, featuring specially made costumes, choreography, language and music that each question their own origins.

Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD. Supported by Arts Council England. Initial research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

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Creative Team:

A FILM BY
HETAIN PATEL

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: STEVEN BODE, FVU
PRODUCED BY SOPHIE NEAVE
PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR: SUSANNA CHISHOLM, FVU
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLOS CATALAN
COSTUME DESIGNER: HOLLY WADDINGTON

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER: CHIRAG LUKHA
SIGN LANGUAGE CONSULTANT: LOUISE STERN
EDITOR: OLIVER PARKER
MUSIC: AMY MAY

FEATURING: VICTORIA SHULUNGU, FREDDIE OPOKU-ADDAIE

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: BECK RAINFORD
HAIR & MAKE-UP DESIGNER: JESSICA SHULUNGU
COSTUME CUTTER & MAKER: KATE WHITEHEAD

SUPPORTING CAST
ZOE CHARLERY
VILMA JACKSON
CAROL LAKE
CLAUDETTE LITTLE-HERRON
KADEEM OAK
THOMAS OWOO
ALICIA SMIKLE-LITTLE
JESSICA SHULUNGU

1st Assistant Director: CHRIS MALIN
2nd Assistant Director: SAMMY WONG
3rd Assistant Director: MAGDA KOZAK
Production Assistant: POLLY WRIGHT, FVU

1st Assistant Camera: SEBASTIAN MARCZEWSKI
2nd Assistant Camera: CHAI ROLFE
Digital Image Technician: JORDAN WALLACE
Steadicam Operator: CHARLIE RIZEK
Grips: BRETT LAMERTON, MYLES SOLDENHOFF
Gaffer: ANTTI JANHUNEN
Spark: JACK KNOTT
Additional Spark: MIKE JOHNSON

Props Dressing: TOM SAVERY
Standby: AIMEE ALICIA MEEK

Costume Assistant: ROSIE STOWARD
Additional Costume Makers: ELIZABETH BROWN, FLORENCE EMIOLA

American Sign Language Interpreter: HELSA BORINSTEIN
Additional Sign Language Interpreters: SOPHIE ALLEN, BRETT BEST, ANNA KITSON, KAREN NEWBY, DANIEL ROBERTS

Stills Photographer: NICK MATTHEWS

POST PRODUCTION
Digital Intermediate: CHEAT
Colourist: JOSEPH BICKNELL
Post Producer: CHLOE SAUNDERS

Strings, Vocals & Composition: AMY MAY
Percussion: MATTHEW WHITTINGTON, REAL PERCUSSION
Cello & Mixing: BEN TRIGG
Flute: HANNAH LAWRENCE
Tuvan Singing: FROM LIVE PERFORMANCE BY KAIGAL-OOL KIM-OOLOVICH KHOVALYG

Sound by SOUNDNODE
Location Sound Recordist: DAVID CRANE
Supervising Sound Editor: MARTIN SCHULZ
Dubbing Mixers DANIEL JARAMILLO, MARTIN SCHULZ

Foley by CLAP STUDIOS, MEDELLIN
Foley Artist DANIEL GIRALDO
Foley Recordist SEBASTIAN ALZATE LOPEZ
Foley Editor ALEXANDER AGUILAR

Insurance supplied by INTEGRO ENTERTAINMENT
Production Accountant: SOPHIE LUARD, FVU

Camera Equipment supplied by ARRI RENTAL
Lighting Equipment supplied by PANALUX

Sound Equipment supplied by SOUNDNODE
Location Catering provided by CGI CATERING
Location provided by STONE NEST
Rehearsal Studios provided by SADLER’S WELLS AND RESCEN

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
BILLIE ACHILLEOS, ERIK ENO ANDERSON, CHRIS BANNERMAN,
GEMA BEASLEY, ANNA BILLINGTON, SOPHIE BUGEAUD, ROB GARVIE,
MIKE JONES, PEI LI NG, EVA MARTINEZ, HANNAH MYERS,
KATE PRYOR-WILLIAMS, CORALY SALAMANCA STERN
INNA SCHORR, RICHARD WILLIAMSON,
STUDENTS OF MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Filmed on Location in London, United Kingdom

A Film and Video Umbrella Production
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella
With Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD, Derby

© HETAIN PATEL 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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