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.