Stonewashed follows a group of young delinquents as they embrace the thrill of spontaneity on a drunken night out in Helensville, New Zealand. Eric, Jamie, Wes and Mel are thriving on a carefree lifestyle where nothing else matters apart from the love they have for each other. However, they are forced to face the harsh reality of their recklessness when a drug induced idea takes a quick turn for the worse. Will the gang ever be able to return to their rebellious ways after one night that will change them forever?
We are raising funds to be able to take our short film, Stonewashed all over the world. We completed filming in October 2018 and finished the edit in November 2018 at South Seas Film and Television School. We now want to take this project as far as possible and enter it into as many festivals as possible.
The money raised will go directly into paying entry costs for Stonewashed to get into festivals, the more we raise, the more entries we can make!
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History of Production:
The concept of Stonewashed came to me (writer and director) when I was thinking about what I wanted the audience to get out of the viewing experience. I wanted to evoke strong emotions, at the same time, create a feeling of 90s nostalgia which is common within my works and visions. I wanted to create a story in which I had a strong connection to so could I write an authentic piece that the viewer could resonate with. I reflected on a night that had stuck with me throughout my teen years which were spent much like the characters within the film, thriving off of spontaneity and recklessness. While at a party in Helensville, I came dangerously close to losing my best friend of 13 years to a group of people who smashed her car window in and held her at gun point. I thought of all the things I could have done to prevent the situation and what my life could have been like if I had lost her. The fact that a seemingly harmless situation got out of control so quickly left me in shock for weeks. I wanted to convey the emotional journey of experiencing loss after a fun and reckless night takes a rapid turn for the worst. It was important for me to ensure the film was shot in Helensville as I feel it best suited the look and feel I was aiming for.
Stonewashed is a film that captures the true essence of teen rebellion through the lens of 90s nostalgia. My film is a visual reflection of the thrill you feel as a youth with nothing but the desire to live on a constant stream of adrenaline, until you’re left to face the consequences of recklessness. Eric, Wes, Jamie and Mel are characters that I poured my heart into. While writing I sought to create 4 dimensional characters that the viewers could resonate with, and could allow them to reminisce about their own youth experience. Since the 90s was an era free from the saturation and social fabrication of social media, I feel as though it was the best time frame to place the characters within, in order to express a raw experience. My love for 90s aesthetic played a prominent role in curating the stylistic vision of Stonewashed. I spent my teen years being captivated by 90s skate culture and aesthetic and had a strong desire to capture the look within my work.
I was ecstatic to produce Stonewashed for numerous reasons. After seeing Brittney’s work across the year at South Seas Film and Television School, I found myself consistently mesmerized by her talent in stylistic filmmaking. Brittney’s unique aesthetic had been cohesive across the art of her films, sparking a strong interest in me to support her final project. Brittney’s pitch for Stonewashed as a 90s Coming of Age film instantly drew me in as we both shared an adoration for 90s aesthetics and the exploration of youth rebellion. I fell in love with the script and Brittney’s ability to convey the essence of teen rebellion and their deceptive immortality in a compelling periodic piece. The fact that the script was also inspired by Brittney’s personal experience of her teen years, also gives her a personal connection to the story. The film’s heavy elements of 90’s nostalgia combined with the exploration of loss as a consequence of rebellion truly creates a captivating piece which Brittney and I are both extremely proud of. It was beautiful to share Brittney’s pure passion of filmmaking as we brought the film together piece by piece. Working with a strong female director who had a unique vision and a strong eye for stylistic detailing was highly important to me.
Written & Directed by Brittney Parrington
Produced by Genna Hawkins Bolton
Edited by Ben Close
Camera Operator Vincent Le Hetet
Art Direction by Brittney Parrington
Eric - Kieran Milton
Wes - Ward Dinsdale
Mel - Chance Mckay
Jamie - Mitch Murphy-Ried
1st Assistant Director - Jackson Doudney
Continuity - Ben Close
Art Assist - Mai Merimo
Make-up artist - Bella Lloyd
1st Assistant Camera - Titus Sutherland
Audio Recordist - Miharo Totoro
Boom Op - Matt Saunders
Gaffer - Logan Pohe
Grip/Gaffer Assist - Daniel Barrington
Stills Photographer - Kadin Yeates, Arona Sun
Howard - Chance McKay
Jen - Deanna Thorne
Jack - Ollie Curtis
Molly - Helena Murphy-Ried
Joan - Flower Bradley
All music by Joe Says No and Wondercats
Risks and challenges
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