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We Are The Freaks Released

Date posted: 23.04.2014

Set against the social and political turmoil of 1990, We Are The Freaks is a surreal and anarchic anti-teen movie about three misfits on a disastrous night out. Over the course of one evening they come to terms with being outsiders and learn to love failure and embrace being a freak.

The film's journey from completion to the big screen has been supported through two Film London initiatives which open doors for emerging film-making talent who don't have the backing of media empires. We Are The Freaks screened the Breakthrough strand of London Screenings (formerly London UK Film Focus) and went through marketing and distribution training scheme Build Your Audience (formerly Audience on Demand).

"I wanted to make a film that celebrated failure," says director Justin Edgar. "I'm a film nerd and I've seen a lot of films in which failure is a bad thing - something to be striven against or a cause of misery for the protagonist. I can't think of any in which failure is celebrated, it's an unusual tact to take. You especially feel like a failure when you're young - well I did anyway, but it didn't make me unhappy. Quite the opposite, it felt cool to be a failure. It felt alive. It felt fun."

Breakthrough at London Screenings

London Screenings is a four day film export event which attracts over 120 buyers from all world territories who come to see approximately 50 new British feature films, meet UK sales companies and negotiate international distribution deals.

A unique opportunity for feature films without sales representation to be showcased to international buyers, the Breakthrough strand at London Screenings is open to all British film-makers and is an important way in which Film London supports emerging film-making teams.  

Applications to Breakthrough in London Screenings 2014 is open until tomorrow.

Build Your Audience

Addressing the rapidly changing face of feature film distribution across the globe, Build Your Audience provides participants with the skills, knowledge and networks to face the challenge of selling their film. The innovative training scheme looks at selling in the marketplace, sourcing and maximising audiences and negotiating the impact of new digital technologies.

Applications to this year's Build Your Audience training programme are closed.

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