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2015-16 Microwave slate

Amsterdam

About the film

Set in London, Amsterdam is a love story about two women in their fifties; Jean and Juliette.  Former flames, they meet today for the first time in thirty years when Juliette visits Jean from Paris.  For the first time, they face each other and their past; a past which holds an event that changed the shape of both their lives and prevented them from reuniting until now.

Romantic, intelligent, funny, sexy and provocative, the two women go on a journey over 48 hours that takes them along their former London haunts, encounters with friends old and new, leading them to confront, embrace and ultimately let go of their past.

From the director

"Amsterdam is an intimate portrait of an unresolved relationship between two women in their fifties. This story taps into something that I feel needs urgently to be expressed, to be centralised in film; that is the voice of the older woman and her sexuality. The mise en scène is London's Little Venice and against this watery beauty, our main characters take a journey to unearth their hopes and desires, to find the courage to speak their truth. With a free-wheeling spirit, with intelligence, humour and mischief and acknowledging such influences as Jean Luc Godard's, À Bout De Souffle and Roger Michell's Venus for their subtle anarchy, this film will enchant, amuse and resonate with anyone who longs to be truly honest about who they are and whom they love."

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Meet the team

 

Tara FitzgeraldDirector Tara Fitzgerald

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Tara's directorial début, Prick Thy Neighbour, was made through Film London's London Calling scheme. It has done well on the international film festival circuit with eight official selections including Palm Springs ShortFest, and has been sold to four territories by French distribution company, Origine Films. As well as working with writer/producer Lisa Jacobs and producer Georgina French of French Fancy Productions on Amsterdam, they are also developing a short film called Home which they have submitted to Shakespeare's Sister, the short film initiative set up by Film London. An award-winning actress, her recent feature film appearances include, Benedict Andrews' Blackbird, Brian Helgeland's Legend and Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, and for TV, Churchill's Secret, Game of Thrones and The Musketeers. Theatre credits include: Gaslight, A Winter's Tale, Farewell to the Theatre and West-End runs in Broken Glass and The Misanthrope.

 


 

Lisa JacobsWriter Lisa Jacobs

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Lisa is British, grew up in London and has been based in Paris, France since 1992.  She trained as an actress at Drama Centre and has a successful career as a voice-over artist.  Her first short as writer/producer - Prick Thy Neighbour, a short and curly tale about blooming late love - directed by Tara FitzGerald and produced by Georgina French of French Fancy Productions was supported by Film London and The Shorts Film Fund under their 2014 London Calling scheme.  It was selected for eight international film festivals including BAFTA/Oscar qualifier Palm Springs ShortFest and has thus far been sold to France, Japan, Italy and the US.  She has since penned a short Shakespeare-Inspired Docufiction entitled Home and, in close collaboration with Tara FitzGerald, her first feature - Amsterdam, a love story.

 


 

Georgina French Producer Georgina French

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Georgina is the founder of French Fancy Productions. Previous works include Night Armour, a comedy directed by Carolina Giammetta, starring Elizabeth Berrington and Dan Fredenburgh and selected by 13 international film festivals, including LOCO, Chicago Comedy Film Festival and Broad Humour Film Festival. Prick Thy Neighbour was directed by Tara FitzGerald and selected for Film London's London Calling. It screened at eight international film festivals, including the BAFTA/Oscar qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest and was acquired by the French distribution company Origine Films, and has since sold to Japan, France, USA and Italy. The Touch was winner of the Canon Film Competition at Berlinale Talents 2014 and directed by Simon Pitts. Smile is a thriller directed by Carolina Giammetta and was recently completed and selected for LSFF 2016. Amsterdam is Georgina's first feature film. Georgina has previously worked in theatre, television and film, as an actress.

 


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