Black Biscuit

A couple of months back, I interviewed Derby-born gutter-filmmaker Fabrizio Federico about his new film “Black Biscuit”, which debuted at the Raindance Film Festival at the beginning of October. You can listen to the full interview here, but I thought for the moment I could offer you a small insight into the ideas of this film-world radical.

Federico stands in stark contrast to everything one would normally associate with Hollywood and the mainstream film industry. Armed with his own Pink8 Manifesto and a belief that the film industry is due a good “kick up the arse” (his words, not mine), he set out to create a film without budget, without any professional actors and, it seems, without limits. In this sense, “Black Biscuit” can be interpreted as a rebellion, where creativity is given reign over financial constraints.

Federico believes that anybody has the capacity to be a filmmaker, and he wants everyone to try. This is why his film is filmed on nothing more advanced than camera phones, on a minuscule budget and starring “street superstars”, ordinary (or extra-ordinary, depending on your viewpoint) hand-picked by Federico straight from their daily lives to be interviewed and recorded. The characters selected include dreamers, misfits, the homeless, and one ex-ping pong champion.

The end result is highly experimental and has been praised by directors like Harmony Korine and Jonathan Caouette for its non-linear approach. To watch it certainly requires an open mind. Whether it will be the future of cinema, as Federico clearly hopes, is another matter entirely.

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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