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A sensitive and mysterious black comedy set in present day, about Adeline, a 12-year-old botanical prodigy. For three years she has been working on making the white-petaled Echinopsis Subdenudata cactus, blossom blue. It will be called the Blue Night Blooming Hedgehog. She runs a blog of the same name, where she gives advice on cross-pollination and plant diseases. The people who follow her blog, who are also her friends, are people two generations older than she is. For pocket money she makes house calls, she visits her elderly friends and provides them with cures and remedies for their ill or dying plants.
According to botanical scientists, the creation of her Blue Night Blooming Hedgehog is quite impossible, but her 82-year-old best friend, Henry believes that if anyone is able to do it, she is...
Gardening is a quintessential British pastime. I grew up with my mother taking me to garden centers, helping her out in our greenhouse and watching BBC gardening shows. Adeline’s obsession reflects this time during my youth whereas her use of youtube and blogs reflects the current 12-year-old’s use of time at present, as well as my own.
The use of 16mm film will mirror Adeline’s world, where she has abandoned her youth. Everything surrounding her is from past generations, from the town she lives in, to the people she surrounds herself with. The only modernity in her life is her blog and her plant creation.
Characters in films who I associate with Adeline include Gerard from Jaques Tati’s Mon Oncle who also abandons the modern world, Linda Manz from Terrance Malick's Days of Heaven and Harold from Harold and Maude whose obsession with death prevents him from having any friends his own age and ends up falling in love with an old woman whose wisdom teaches him to be young and live life to the fullest.
Adeline’s room and greenhouse will be constructed sets, similar to Oswald Duce’s Time-lapse laboratory in Peter Greenaway’s A Zed and Two Naughts. Also, where Oswald spends his days watching BBC’s ‘Life on Earth’, Adeline spends a lot of time watching 1960s British Pathe videos of amateur gardeners.
I have a general fascination with people over 70. Today, people will do anything to stay young; I enjoy my youth but also look forward to growing old. I like the idea of wanting to be old, like Dave Eggers’ short story Old Enough which talks about a young man who has a very romantic vision of old age and would like to be ‘…old enough to hug anyone in any context, whistle loud in public, to forget things unintentionally or otherwise, sleep through weddings and avoid all funerals…’
WHERE WILL THE FUNDING GO?
We are in pre-production for Adeline for Leaves, we will be shooting September 13-17 . Your kind support in donations will go towards:
- 16mm film - we want the film to look incredible, with our great DOP Mattias and the use of 16mm film, your memory will forever be filled with the beautiful movements of light and colour of Adeline For Leaves
- Props - including the wonderful plants
- Archive fees - the great 1960s British Pathe archive footage of gardeners that Adeline watches
- Equipment Hire - 16mm cameras, lighting and sound equipment
- Cast and Crew - although our goal does not allow for earnings, the cast and crew will be working incredibly hard and we believe they deserve as much as we can spare!
If you would like your donation to go towards something above in particular -please let us know!
If you are un-able to donate there are many other ways to help - promoting this page, in-kind contributions and being an extra in the film - please contact us!
BOTANICAL SCRIPT CONSULTANT: KEW GARDENS
WRITER/DIRECTOR: JESSICA SARAH RINLAND Graduated from CSM in Fine Art, spending a semester of Film Production at Tisch, NYU. During University, her films were shown at London Curzon Cinema, in collaboration with filmmaker Jonas Mekas, London Short Film Festival and the Camden Arts Centre. Her short film, Nulepsy was shown at film festivals including New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan where it was also on tour at 40 different cinemas, and art venues across the USA. Nulepsy was long-listed for a BAFTA and broadcast by CANAL+. Three works of hers, including Nulepsy, showed as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012. She recently completed an experimental short Electric Oil and is developing a feature length film, Exploding Whales which was short-listed for the Sundance Screenwriting Program and TRIANGLE Development Fund, Yorkshire. This year she attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, was also long-listed for the prestigious Jarman Award.
PRODUCER: DEANNE CUNNINGHAM works at the BBC as a script editor and assistant producer on a wide range of drama productions. A former media lawyer, she set up her own production company Conundrum Films last year. In 2011 she was selected for the UK Film Council’s TRIANGLE scheme for feature film, Mockingbird. The film is currently in development with Film4. This year she was chosen to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus, an international creative academy for up-and-coming talent.
DOP: MATTIAS NYBERG has been based in London for over 10 years, his inherent Scandinavian influences have been mixed with a cool British style and sense of humour, creating quite a unique approach to Cinematography. As well as shooting drama, documentaries, commercials and music videos, Mattias regularly collaborates with internationally renowned artists on film installations around the world. Among the artists he's worked with are Turner Prize nominees Runa Islam and Catherine Yass, as well as Becks Futures Winner Matt Stokes. In 2009 Mattias was invited to join The Guild of British Camera Technicians (GBCT).
STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER: HARLEY WEIR is a distinctive artist and fashion photographer who has worked for magazines such as Dazed and Confused, ID Magazine, Vice, Citizen K, Fashion B Store, The Guardian, Urban Outfitters and Australian Vogue. She worked as stills photographer on Jessica Sarah Rinland’s short film Nulepsy. Most recently she photographed the Stella McCartney for Adidas campaign for the 2012 London Olympics.
Meon Ochard, Hampshire + Claygate/Esher, Surrey
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Based on the sucess of Director/Writer's last film NULEPSY, we feel this film has great potential to show at film festivals, cinemas and galleries world-wide (Cannes, BFI London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlin, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor etc) as well as being BAFTA nominated and broadcasted by national and international TV stations (BBC/Channel4/Canal+)
(click image for NULEPSY trailer) (click image for NULEPSY Q+A for Canal+)
Jessica Sarah Rinland