CREATE A HEIGHTENED WORLD
Alistair Ogilvy takes a look at Stephen Sheriffs new film 'Waitress'.
Director and actor, Stephen Sheriff is an interesting enigma of a gentleman. His recent film 'Waitress' has been a labour of love from the beginning and is testament of what he does best by creating a “heightened world”. Raising funds from various sources like Indiegogo, he has been able to bring this project to fruition. The story follows 'Urquhart' played by Omar Zingaro Bhatia, as he meets three female characters all played by the actress Laura McMonagle. Urquhart is unwilling to face up to who he really is and is scared of his demons. He becomes a caricature of himself as his life becomes embroiled in unnatural events which force him to look inwards. The waitress is beautifully played by Soraya Jansan as he takes us through a surreal and psychological journey.
Watching the trailer, there is a sense of underlying darkness to the film, although along with darkness there is a light, almost colourful ambience. Stephen was keen to portray the film from the viewpoint that “it would be nice if people saw Glasgow in a different light in films”. With the crisp, clean camera shots and great colours he has indeed created a unique world familiar but different. Location is very important for Stephen, from the beautiful East coast Ellie Beach to Glasgow's West End which appear seamlessly throughout the film. The viewer is treated to a surreal landscape almost reminding one of a Jonathan Glazer's film, ‘Under The Skin’.
His vision and active imagination transcend his work with magical realism, cerebral, and subconscious reality. He is one of those rare breeds of talent that is and will continue to contribute amazing projects to the art world. Inspiration comes from directors like David Lynch and Lars Von Triar. One can see the links and threads running through 'Waitress' although I feel he has created a unique style unto himself.
Production collaboration comes from talented friends. Notably, Marina Maclean, Producer and Costume Designer, Ally Bhatia Editor plus music written by 'Roxy a Gogo', avant-guarde synth and vocal sound adding unique texture. There is even a contemporary dance scene within the film choreographed by the exciting Ian West
'Waitress' the film will be available for the public to view at a screening soon!
To find out more visit: waitressthefilm.blogspot.co.uk