When you live the most mundane, repetitive life, can you really determine whether anything is real when something, ‘out-of-the-mundane’ happens? Anoesis is a surreal, unnerving story set in the grey, dull world of tower blocks, office cubicles and microwave meals.
Anoesis has been a project I’ve been working on for a very long time. I wrote the first draft when I was 16 and for a few years I was trying to find someone to direct it, believing that my lack of experience would not do it justice. When I uncovered it about 18 months ago, I realised that I was in a position to take on the project and I started an intensive pre production process. I decided to invest heavily into it, financially and mentally and so I basically spent all the money I had on hiring a professional Director of Photography, Camera Team, Sound Recordist, Make Up Artist and actor. I hired the Arri Alexa Mini, desparate to make a film that would stand out and that would best compliment the unusual narrative structure and unnerving and surreal nature of the film.
It was a long and stressful process but ultimately I am extremely happy with the film that it has become. The private screenings I have had for cast, crew and colleagues have been met by overwhelming reception, urging me to submit Anoesis to several film festivals around the country, including Encounters Film Festival in Bristol, Nottingham International Microfilm Festival, and Mayhem Film Festival, also in Nottingham.
The copy I have uploaded is not quite ready for public viewing; I am still working on the versions that will be shown at the festivals, so please do not share the film on social media.