“Brand New-U: Intricate and mind-blowing – Jonathan Glazer lit a beacon for European sci-fi with Under the Skin; now Simon Pummell’s here to keep that flame alive. The production design and locations in this film are excellent, clashing almost gothic Georgian settings with maddeningly modern, swooping architecture and a few almost Sirk-esque red rooms too. And on top of the exceptional haute-couture décor in these scenes, the lighting is extraordinary.”
Above video made by Joost Broeren for IFFR 2016.
Read Thomas Humphrey’s full review here.
A BRAND NEW LIFE COSTS MORE THAN YOU EXPECTED
The organisation BRAND NEW-U identifies networks of Identicals – “people who walk like you, talk like you, but are walking through different, better lives” – and helps their customers make a life upgrade. But errors can occur, and a Brand New life can cost more than expected.
The BFI, Irish Film Board, Netherlands Film Fund and Finite funded Brand New-U premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell Award.
CAST: Lachlan Nieboer, Nora-Jane Noone, Nick Blood, Michelle Asante, Tony Way
WRITER/DIRECTOR – SIMON PUMMELL
Brand New-U is Simon Pummell’s first narrative feature film. He is best known for directing the BAFTA-winning documentary feature film Bodysong (2003) that Time magazine described as “an utterly mesmerizing and humbling portrait of humanity.” It was the first film to be scored by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and in 2010 was re-released as a British Film Institute Collectors Edition DVD & book. Simon’s recent feature documentary Shock Head Soul premiered in the Orizzonti Competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.
Earlier in his career he made numerous award-winning animated films for UK television exploring various interpenetrations of technology and bodies. More recently an ongoing series of animation films Atlas For Animate Bodies showed as an installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Sept 2013.
PRODUCER – JANINE MARMOT
Hot Property was set up in 1995 by the critically acclaimed award-winning producer Janine Marmot. Two films produced by Janine have won a BAFTA, Bodysong, (Simon Pummell), and most recently Kelly + Victor, (Kieran Evans).
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