One Last Dance is a story about the texture of memory, lost love and the haunting intimacy of a dance.
What is One Last Dance?
One Last Dance is a short film starring Jonathan Pryce, Shane Attwooll and Sara Kestelman, with music by Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), directed by me Luke Losey.
The legendary actor Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) plays Jon, an old man, who on a visit to his grandson's dance competition sees a vision of his late wife. They dance, giving Jon a chance to reconnect with his past and reignite his passion for life. It also stars distinguished stage and screen actors Shane Attwooll (as Jon’s son) and Sara Kestelman (as his lost love).
One Last Dance is set in the decaying grandeur of an English seaside town that reflects the emotional decline of the old man – the landscapes of the half-remembered, the blurred edges, the nervous nostalgia, the meandering associations across time and geography. Those ephemeral moments when we can choose to be happy with the present by coming to terms with the past.
The film will be shot on location in the seaside town of Herne Bay in Kent.
Who are you?
I’m Luke Losey the director of One Last Dance.
I think of my work like celluloid knit-wear. It's got a hand made crafted feel, that would probably keep you warm in winter.
Filmmaking is in my blood. My father is film producer Gavrik Losey, my grandparents are film director Joseph Losey and the fashion designer Elizabeth Hawes. I'm also the nephew of the actor, Joshua Losey, and the brother of Marek Losey, also a film director.
I started making films and taking pictures when I was a kid with a Box Brownie and Super8 camera. My first film was about a UFO,made from a silver balloon, taking off from a climbing frame on Portobello Road. It was late 1970 and the digital age was still years off but I thought my spaceship was pretty convincing! I’ve been making films of one kind or another ever since.
For me both the beauty and the devil is in the detail. I started to direct in the late 90’s and had my first breakthrough with an Orbital music video called 'The Box’ which starred Tilda Swinton as an alien overwhelmed by our planets runaway pace. It won every prize going that year.
Who else is involved?
Well apart from being fortunate enough to have our fantastic cast already in place, we have started to build a brilliant team behind the camera.
The soundtrack will be created by multi award-winning musician, producer, and composer Paul Hartnoll (Orbital). Paul and I go way back, working together in my early music video days. Paul has composed scores for movies and television including Event Horizon, The Saint, The Beach, xXx and Pusher. This will be his first ever tango composition!
The script was written by Glen Laker, writer of numerous films, commercials, and two award winning TV movies. He is currently writing for ITV's Vera.
The film will be produced by Dorigen Hammond as well as James Heath and Liam Garvo. Dorigen has produced award winning short films, documentaries, digital art and animation. Her most recent project is the critically acclaimed documentary feature 'The British Guide to Showing Off'.
James and Liam are the producing duo at Dresden Pictures and most recently produced the successful Kickstarter film 'The Fitzroy'.
We also have been lucky enough to bring on Tanguito to work with us on the choreography of the dance with Sara & Jonathan. Nathalie and Bruno have been working with us closely to construct the intimacy of the Agentine Tango - more details on Tanguito can be found here: http://www.tanguito.co.uk/
With traditional funding drying up for short films we felt Kickstarter was the ideal way to get One Last Dance made. We've managed to raise a small amount of funding, but it’s nowhere near enough to make a film of this calibre with the artistic vision and high production values I have in mind for this film and demand from my work.
Making feature films is my aim, this short film will demonstrate this to a wider audience. With the loyalty and trust of a community like kickstarter and the calibre of the artists involved I hope myself and the team behind this project will create something really special. Kickstarter is where I felt I could best find this audience, one that would both connect with the film and my work.
What is the money going to be used for?
Hitting our target on Kickstarter will allow us to shoot and deliver the completed film as well as submit it to film festivals around the world.
Other Important Questions
What happens if you don’t reach your target?
Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we don’t reach our target no one gets charged and we don’t make the film. That’s why we need you… and your family and friends! So please, even if you can’t donate, help us by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook or by good old word of mouth.
Can you exceed the goal?
YES! This would be truly amazing. Exceeding our goal would allow us to make a better movie. Kickstarter allows projects to go over their targets and if we do, every single additional penny will go into making this film bigger, better and more beautiful.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
Of course! You can adjust your pledge anytime you want. Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your reward to a different one or increase your pledge amount. To do this just go to Kickstarter and sign in. Go to our campaign page and you’ll find the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive. Easy!
Where can I learn more about the project?
You can check out our website at www.onelastdance.co.uk
Find us on Social media by...
Liking us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/onelastdance
Follow us on Twitter - @1lastdance
Following my blog on Tumblr - http://llosey.tumblr.com/
Risks and challenges
As with most things in life we have to take risks and making a short film is no different.
Our biggest challenge will be turning the film around by March 2015. This may sound like plenty of time, but what with the unpredictable English weather, potential schedule clashes for cast attached or someone breaking a leg (touch wood this doesn't happen!) - this schedule can soon slip. We still have to pull in a lot of favours to make this film a reality and stretch every penny as far as it can go so bear with us if it takes a little longer than we hoped.
We’ll endeavour to deliver every reward as quickly as possible and keep you up to date with any changes in the schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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