THE GENIUS AND THE OPERA SINGER

by Vanessa Stockley
THE GENIUS AND THE OPERA SINGER

Informations

Nation: UK

Year: 2017

Length: 66'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Once an aspiring opera singer, Ruth is now housebound and reliant on the fifty-five-year-old Jessica and her sometimes live-in partner, Robert. The intelligent, high-strung, and confrontational Jessica, whose life has perhaps not unfolded quite as she’d planned, feels that her mother spent her formative years neglecting her in favor of a superficial pursuit of glamour, and is determined to unravel and analyze their shared history. 

Director

Vanessa Stockley

Vanessa Stockley

Vanessa Stockley (UK), initially trained as an anthropologist, in 2009 graduated from the prestigious National Film and Television School with an MA in documentary directing. Her graduation film, Can We Get Married?, was commissioned by Wonderland – the BBC’s flagship documentary strand – and was subsequently shortlisted for a Grierson Award. This early success quickly attracted a series of commissions from the BBC and Channel 4. Her films have been critically acclaimed in a number of international publications, including “The Times,” “The Guardian,” “TimeOut,” “The Independent” and “Broadcast Magazine.” 

Filmography:
Can We Get Married? (serie tv/tv series, 2009-2011), Soldier Girls (cm, doc., tv, 2009), Making Liberty (doc., tv, 2013), The Genius and the Opera Singer (doc., 2017). 

Cast and Credits

regia, fotografia/director, cinematography
Vanessa Stockley
montaggio/film editing
Chloe Lambourne
suono/sound
Dennis Wheatley, Salty Sea
produttori/producers
Vanessa Stockley, Sierra Pettengill, Lelsie Knott
produzione/production
Vita Films, Tiger Nest Films

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contatti/contacts
Sara Jimenez Criado
Tiger Nest Films
sara@tigernestfilms.com
www.tigernestfilms.com

Director statement

“I think it’s important to make films about people who are overlooked by the mainstream media. To allow audiences into worlds that they might have no other access to. As this film attests, these worlds aren’t always easy to navigate. It offers an unflinchingly honest portrait of a mother-daughter relationship. At times it’s distressing. At others, its hilariously funny. But the real importance of this film is spoken through the reactions it provokes in its audiences. It prompts people to open up about their relationships, to reflect on the complexities woven through their family structures.”

Synopsis Learn more

Once an aspiring opera singer, Ruth is now housebound and reliant on the fifty-five-year-old Jessica and her sometimes live-in partner, Robert. The intelligent, high-strung, and confrontational Jessica, whose life has perhaps not unfolded quite as she’d planned, feels that her mother spent her formative years neglecting her in favor of a superficial pursuit of glamour, and is determined to unravel and analyze their shared history. 

Director All about direction

Vanessa Stockley

Vanessa Stockley

Vanessa Stockley (UK), initially trained as an anthropologist, in 2009 graduated from the prestigious National Film and Television School with an MA in documentary directing. Her graduation film, Can We Get Married?, was commissioned by Wonderland – the BBC’s flagship documentary strand – and was subsequently shortlisted for a Grierson Award. This early success quickly attracted a series of commissions from the BBC and Channel 4. Her films have been critically acclaimed in a number of international publications, including “The Times,” “The Guardian,” “TimeOut,” “The Independent” and “Broadcast Magazine.” 

Filmography:
Can We Get Married? (serie tv/tv series, 2009-2011), Soldier Girls (cm, doc., tv, 2009), Making Liberty (doc., tv, 2013), The Genius and the Opera Singer (doc., 2017). 

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, fotografia/director, cinematography
Vanessa Stockley
montaggio/film editing
Chloe Lambourne
suono/sound
Dennis Wheatley, Salty Sea
produttori/producers
Vanessa Stockley, Sierra Pettengill, Lelsie Knott
produzione/production
Vita Films, Tiger Nest Films

**
contatti/contacts
Sara Jimenez Criado
Tiger Nest Films
sara@tigernestfilms.com
www.tigernestfilms.com

Director statement Read more

“I think it’s important to make films about people who are overlooked by the mainstream media. To allow audiences into worlds that they might have no other access to. As this film attests, these worlds aren’t always easy to navigate. It offers an unflinchingly honest portrait of a mother-daughter relationship. At times it’s distressing. At others, its hilariously funny. But the real importance of this film is spoken through the reactions it provokes in its audiences. It prompts people to open up about their relationships, to reflect on the complexities woven through their family structures.”