Out of the Can Film Festival

A Landscape of Lies, the little film that could, fought its way through the competition to receive a finalist spot in 9 categories in the ‘Out of the Can Film Festival’ that was being hosted in Nottingham at Screen 22. We hoped with that many chances we had to walk away with at least 1 win…

The festival played a host of the competing films throughout the day, the quality was surprising high, the doubts set in, one after the other we sat in attendance thinking how could our micro-budget, 4 month turnaround film match up to films like the alarming story of Islamophobia in ‘Freesia, or the immigrant story from the US The Valley’ with its £750k budget or against ‘Bound for Greatness’ starring Keir O’Donnell (Fargo, Ray Donovan), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1&2, Dr. Who, Jumanji) and Tim Kang (The Mentalist, Rambo)… We were almost ready to get our coats and get ahead of the traffic…

We decided to wait… Our first category was up… ‘Best Screenplay’ – we lost… If they didn’t like the script, they weren’t going to like the film we thought… we sat for the next one ‘Best Soundtrack’ we had our score composed by Lance Warlock, and tracks by LJ Howard, TuckeR and Hyperdose – We got Runner up… second place… we can live with that, the score that won was exceptional, Hanz Zimmer exceptional against the World War tale… Then they screened ‘Six hot chicks in a warehouse that was a finalist for Best ‘B-Movie’ – It won – Congrats to the team…. What followed was ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ we had Andre Nightingale and Anna Passey, respectively, up for those awards. Anna lost out on her award… however Andre took his category… we were 2 for 4… the theatre started to fill up as people came in to watch our entry…. It’s a very nerve racking thing to sit there whilst a sold out audience watches, dissects and critics your work… 90 minutes later the standing ovation as the end credits rolled was humbling… It was the last film of the event and it ended strong…

Next up was ‘Best Actress’ our very own Andrea McLean (keeping in mind this was her debut acting role) was up against the experienced and heavily favoured Karen Gillan – you could have blown me over with a feather when they read out Andrea’s name… the newly wedded ‘Loose Woman’ won… Danny Midwinter was up next for ‘Best Actor’ – he was up against Bollywood favourite Alyy Khan… and just like that… We had another tick in the win column…

Our high was quickly brought crashing down as we got runner up for ‘Best Producer’ and then it was ‘Best Film’ – the award went deservedly to ‘The Valley’ – we got runner up… they had the story, the budget and the named cast – it was a slam dunk on their behalf it is a worthy film… The last category for the evening was ‘Best Director’… I figured the award would follow the winner of Best Film… It seemed right and fitting… they opened the envelope and read out “And the winner is… Paul Knight for ‘A Landscape of Lies’”… I took Best Director… I was so amazed that I thought they had made a mistake… but it was true… So we were up for 9 and we walked away with 7… 4 wins, 3 runner up’s… I felt proud for all those involved and more so for the few that stood beside us throughout the comprehensively documented journey… It was an achievement that was not expected and at times felt not deserved… it was like a weight lifted that the film finally got to stand up and speak for itself…