Return to Ludgate Hill
INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR
TOM FRANCIS KERBY
1. What inspired you to make Ludgate Hill?
The inspiration for Ludgate Hill came in Autumn 2015, whilst I was working for a few days in Aldgate as a meter reader. I didn’t have a story or an idea for a story, but I knew I wanted to make something – a music video or an experimental short – within this beautiful town. It took me three years to develop the story, which ultimately was inspired from the idea of one reflecting on their life and using the techniques of cinema to reveal this in a way the silent era had to with images and no dialogue.
2. What was the most challenging moment in the making of Ludgate Hill?
The most challenging moment whilst making Ludgate Hill was the development of the story over a three-year period. Back in Autumn 2015 I took a photo along Ludgate Hill Road, at the time I didn’t know the name of the street. A year later I was thinking of my next project, so I found this photo and I tried to remember where exactly I was at the time in Aldgate. I used Google Maps to help me find Ludgate Hill Road as I was unable to physically retrace my steps due to studying film on the Gold Coast. To cut this short, upon my return to Adelaide, I went through three re-writes and one planned, but delayed, window for principal photography across twenty-two months, until I finally returned to this story in Spring 2018 and carried on until I completed the film six months later.
3. What is your favourite sequence in the film and why?
My favourite sequence in the film is where first-time actors Max and Francesca are sitting on the gate. Francesca bumps Max to cheer him up much to her own instincts as I didn’t tell her to do that. The beautiful thing was after the first take, Max took the bump and made it his own. After Francesca bumped him on the second take, Max held still for a few seconds and then slowly bumped her back! I was so happy to see this, and Francesca’s reaction was perfect. I wanted to ruin the take by cheering out loud. It was one of the many beautiful moments for sure.
4. Lastly, what other projects are you working on now and where would you like to be in five years?
I’m currently developing a few ideas for a bunch of experimental shorts with Auteurs’ Forum, which I hope I can start filming later this year. And on a stage receiving the Palme d’Or or the Golden Bear would be ideal.
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