'Adira's Dream': Making a feature film for the first time
A personal dive into film that time I co-wrote and starred in an independent feature film
About the film:
'Adira’s Dream' explores life through a social-media lens and its destructive effects on mental health and self-image through the protagonist, Adira, and her lover, Dan. Shot entirely on an iPhone on locations in London, Iceland and a purpose-built set, the film’s visual language blurs the concept of art and reality, audience and performer, and poses the dangers of being a passive agent in our lives in this digital age.
This psychological thriller is inherently cyclical and fragmented, using a non-linear narrative to create a story world that seeks to reflect the quotidian reality of our conscious and subconscious existence. Utilising a small cast, purpose-built sets and aerial shots of Iceland’s stunning, rugged beaches, designed to mirror the dream-world that Adira continually loses herself in – reminiscent of our everyday escapism. We sought to challenge and interrogate conventional forms of filmmaking, playing with narrative structures, character presentation and filming techniques.
The story, although specific, encompasses the universal feelings of alienation and confusion felt by a generation of technologically-dependent millennials.
The project was an immersive collaborative process, that started with an idea and ended with a successful production – the final product representative of our mission to explore and learn and create.
Working as both a writer and actor allowed me to explore the story from within, and offered invaluable learning for character development from both a writing and performance perspective – two elements that go hand-in-hand with the film’s themes, and my interest in the relationship between the maker and the performer.
The film premiered at NFTS in May 2019. It has been nominated for 3 awards at Madrid International Film Festival: ‘Best Story,’ ‘Best Lead Actress’ (Angelique Jones), and ‘Best Sound Design.’
Read more about the film here.
Watch the film here on Amazon Prime Video.