Far From Home Pictures lands in The Phoenix Centre
Introducing Far From Home Pictures! This three piece Italian unit are brand new to The Phoenix Centre and their aims are to produce informative and engaging documentaries about a range of topics, from social issues to the arts in the UK, and internationally. Speaking to Luca (director), Carlo (director, set design) and Manuel (self-shooting director) talk to us about the inspirations behind their new venture.
As individuals, the group began collaborating with one-another in Italy (they studied a degree together). The types of projects that they would work on would be for social associations and other organisations around the world. The group then decided to come over to the UK and establish the company here. The company have just released a number of works in Italy celebrating the International Festival of Visual Art.
“Now we are here in the Phoenix Centre, we will be looking to focus on ethnographic and anthropological documentaries for clients that we have previously had,” says Manuel. “We are currently working on a documentary in Brazil (which will be filmed between the end of February and the beginning of May 2013), which has an ethnographic style but employs a very cinematic style, also.
“It’s a very interesting project that follows a tribe in the middle of Brazil and their journey as they now have the opportunity to become independent from the command of Missionaries and land owners, thus, changing their history. It’s a big thing! We have been called to film that and be the key contact. However, we are currently searching for funding from some big television companies.”
Far From Home likes to tell stories and they say that it is this passion that carries their work forward and keeps them motivated. Luca reflects: “With the Brazil project, we are dealing with a minority group, and it’s quite a sensitive subject, but we definitely enjoy exploring the point of view of the people that we are working with.”
And what about the group’s new base in the Phoenix and York? Manuel comments: “We really like the atmosphere and tradition in Yorkshire, and we would like to employ these types of values internationally and work on promotional videos, advertisements and short films,” explains Luca. “York has a fantastic cultural history with the Celts, the Vikings and the Romans; it’s a melting pot of different influences. We would certainly like to settle here because I don’t think that businesses can only succeed in London or Manchester.”
What are the biggest challenges for Far From Home as a new business? Manuel assures that while the group clearly has great technical knowledge (developed through years of freelancing), developing as a new business has been a huge challenge. “We now have to adapt the knowledge that we have acquired and work together as an official business!”
As a group of very good friends who have come together to form a business and work with us, we wish them all of the very best for the year ahead!