Love stings, and how! Wasp.
A beautiful film set in the sun-soaked, insect and flower strewn Gordes in Provence.
An old family house is opened up to a new summer with the two lovers and one of their friends. It’s evocative of the scents and sounds of a rural French retreat.
Calm yet disturbing, where all manner of games, sex and the refrain of an old chanson fill the air with tension.
Writer-director Philippe Audi-Dor offers a new voice in cinema whether it be visually, sound or through story telling. This one is semi-autobiographical, the director’s debut, it’s magnificent with stunning attention to detail and mastery of the art of cinema. And a film where everyone deserves credit including Editor Alexis Steele with crisp cuts and Director of Photography Pablo Rojo who brings to life juicy limes that sting the eye.
Philippe says “I want to create films that make people feel as though they are not alone, because something about that story, those visuals, that sound, or whatever else, echoes deep in them.”
Wasp is the story of Olivier and James’ romantic break in the South of France stung by the arrival of Caroline. Relationships are questioned; sexuality tested.
This is a break out movie for all involved – with delicious performances, by turns funny, poignant and destructive from the cast of three – Hugo Bolton (James), Elly Condron (Caroline) and Simon Haycock (Olivier).
Proving that indie cinema can be as winning as main stream releases.
Made on a miniscule budget of less than £30,000 and shot largely in the director’s envy-inducing own home in Provence, Wasp is a great example of a product of ‘Generation Digital’. Flying out to Cannes with the producer, Merlin Merton, they sold the film to one of the leading independent sales agents in Paris, Wide Management, all based on a very early cut proving the idea is what matters, and being clever – films don’t need to cost hundreds of thousands to get noticed.
Directed and written by Philippe Audi-Dor
Produced by Merlin Merton at Blue Shadows Films and international sales from Wide Management – going to cinemas in 2015.
Watch out for it.