Cannes hope for Wigston film director Joey Fallon after London competition win
An ambitious young filmmaker is dreaming of Cannes after his short film made a clean sweep of the top awards in a prestigious competition.
Joey Fallon and his film Glove scooped Best Director, Best Film and the Audience Choice prizes at the London 48 Hour Film Challenge.
The 24-year-old media production graduate from Wigston, who lives in the capital, roped in six friends to collaborate on the project.
His team, called They Aren't the Droids You're Looking For, was up against 44 other groups, with each crew given just 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and produce a short film of between four and seven minutes long.
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Joey, a former pupil of St Paul's Catholic School, in Evington, said: "It was a bit daunting as we were up against some experienced filmmakers but we work well together and gave it our best shot."
Each team had a strict brief for their film. It had to be a drama with a fantasy element, with "cream" as a prop and a "minor celebrity" character called Charlie Cipriani.
It also had to include the line, "let me tell you a secret".
Glove tells the tale of a man who, consoling himself with a tub of ice-cream in front of the television after being dumped by his girlfriend, sees a late-night advert featuring a relationship guru who claims to possess the secret to true love.
By coincidence, he meets the guru on a park bench the next day when, after declining the guru's help, he finds a magic glove. The glove then takes on a life of its own and leads the protagonist through the streets of London and right to the woman of his dreams, who has the other glove in the pair.
"We had a lot of fun making the film but it was very intense and quite stressful because of the time limit," said Joey.
"I was pleased with the result but had no idea it would be such a hit with the judges.
"I couldn't believe it when they gave it best film, but to win the top three prizes going was just incredible."
The awards night was held at the Phoenix Artists Club, in London.
Sue Hodgkins, 48 Hour Film Project London producer, said: "Glove is a clever, well crafted little film that hits exactly the right note.
"Joey beat some hot competition from much more experienced directors."
Glove will be London's official entry in the 48 Hour Film Project's International Awards, held in Los Angeles in March, in Los Angeles, where it will compete with short films from 220 other cities around the world.
The prize for winning in London is a trip to the awards night in LA for Joey and film partner Jon Sankey, and a Canon A3100 digital camera.
Joey, who works as an editor for a firm producing movie trailers, hopes Glove can follow in the footsteps 2010 London winner The Girl is Mime.
Starring Martin Freeman, of The Office and The Hobbit, it won the 48 Hour Film Challenge International Best Film prize in 2011 and went on to be screened at Cannes, Los Angeles and Raindance festivals.
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