Pink - UPDATE

It seems like a lifetime ago that cast and crew were crammed into a bedroom in a Devon bungalow desperately trying to get the re-shoots done in time. And yet even writing it down still induces a dull sense of impending doom within me. 

Turns out it hasn't even been a year yet, who knew? But since then Pink has gone on to premier at the Two Short Nights Film Festival at Exeter Phoenix, and be selected for the 2017 Corvallis Queer Film Festival in the USA of which it featured in the program earlier this year. 

Pink will go on to be a part of the program at the 2017 Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival in Greece from the 29th of September to the 4th of October and I am pleased to announce that it has also been selected to feature at the 2017 World of Film International Festival in Glasgow, which runs from the 28th of September to the 1st of October.

Our lovely cinematographer James and I are aiming to be in Glasgow at the end of September to cover SQUIFF for the LGBTQ Review, so who knows, we might even get to actually see Pink at a festival for once! 

Once again thank you to everyone that was involved in making Pink happen, you're all my favourite people in the world!

Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes Sea Interludes - Film Commission

During July I was commissioned to create a short moving image film to accompany the ‘Storm’ Interlude during two performances of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes at Dartington Hall on the 24th and 26th of August.

The performance, organized by Dartington Arts was to take place in the iconic medieval Great Hall venue. A venue which I just so happened to be rather well acquainted with, having spent 10 days at the beginning of July freelancing as a Venue Manager for the Ways With Words Literary Festival.  

The shoot involved sourcing a large fish tank from the back streets of Torquay –don’t ask, and doing a lot of experimentation with an underwater camera and some brightly coloured inks. This was probably the most 'work fun' I've had in a long time, and the results were rather mesmerising. 

Unfortunately I was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival wafting smelly pots under the noses of members of the public (a story for another time), so I was unable to attend either performance. But I've had some sneaky peaks at the other Interlude films and they all looked great!

Thanks to everyone at Dartington Arts that made the commissions happen, and to everyone that trudged around rural Devon with me looking for a cheap giant fish tank!  

Pink - Premiere

Two Short Nights Film Festival @ Exeter Phoenix

2nd of December 2016

2016 was not the best year for a lot of people. And at points it felt as if it were never ending, but finally –thankfully, time did move along and December rolled around.

With it came the Two Short Nights Film Festival. At which my Exeter Phoenix Raw Commissioned short film Pink had its premiere. 

It felt like a very very long time since I first got the phone call in April to say that my application and interview had been successful and that they wanted to take the project forward. The 7 month process had involved meeting all the other commission recipients, hearing about their fantastic ideas, developing our projects together, script workshops and camera workshops. All of which was included in the Raw Commission package, and all of which I am incredibly grateful for. It was an invaluable experience to be in the same room and share ideas and skills with some of the most creative and promising emerging film makers in the South West. 

Sitting in the auditorium at Exeter Phoenix with the cast and crew was nerve-racking, but also very exciting. And seeing all the other commissioned films for the first time was a treat in itself. Theres something magical about seeing a story play out in front of your eyes that you know was just an idea in someones head 7 months earlier. 

There was jazz, giant snowy brussels sprouts and a lot of complimentary Prosecco. And it all went by in somewhat of a blur, but a blur in which I was surrounded by some of my favourite people in the world, and a blur that I will remember forever.

If you want to read more about Pink Devon & Cornwall Film did an interview with me shortly before the premier which you can read here: http://www.devon-cornwall-film.co.uk/2016/11/09/interview-bethan-highgate-betts/

And they also did a feature on the festival which you can find here: http://www.devon-cornwall-film.co.uk/2016/11/23/discover-short-film-exeters-two-short-nights-film-festival/

Since the premier Pink has been selected for the Corvallis Queer Film Festival in the USA (Feb 22-25 2017). You can find a link to the program here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1199626383

And it will also be part of the program at the Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival in Greece in September 2017.

Massive thanks to everyones thats pitched in and helped out with Pink: my brilliant director of photography and spectacular best friend James Mccoll, who's resilience to my nonsense knows no bounds. Producer Zoé Fidel who has yet to say no to one of my ridiculous ideas since we met 3 years ago at 6am on a cold, wet beach in Portabello. The effortlessly talented Drou Constantinou and Sofia Murwadon without whose performances there would be no Pink. Elly Forty who never ceases to amaze me with her range of talents, Daniel Davis who is too kind and good and who I will never be able to repay. David Robbins who held things like no one has held things before. All my fam that helped out endlessly and also put up with my 4 month state of panic. Bristol City Council for lending us the locations and everyone at Exeter Phoenix Digital for making the whole thing possible. I am eternally grateful to you all, you're all too lovely! Thanks.