MY IDEA AND MY WORK
The idea for the short film Galicia Portobello Road was born at a moment in my life when I started seeing my mother as a woman rather than simply ´my mother´. In addition to this, the signs that the Spanish community, and especially the Galician people, left in this area decades ago have always fascinated me. In Portobello road there is a mural commemorating the support of the Kensington troops in the Spanish Civil War. Also the only Spanish school in the UK, where they teach Galician language, is based here.
Mural in Portobello road
Spanish school Cañada Blanch in Portobello road, originally a Dominican convent
Some themes are repeated in my work: migration, communication, and women issues. I am especially interested in exploring relationships between people. If you want to see what I have been up to, you can watch my previous short film Stone Island.
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María has the opportunity of selling the restaurant she has owned for forty years in Portobello road to a well-known supermarket chain. She will use the money to return to Galicia and retire there with her partner. Celtia, María's daughter, has been always frustrated with her work. When her mother decides to sell the restaurant she sees her secret dream of running the business come to an end. Wanting to convince her mum to stay, she goes to talk to her. She finds Maria packing glasses, plates... and memories. In these circumstances they will both learn to understand each other as women beyond their family link.
The short film will be shot in London, around the area of Portobello road, in Galician and English. The story takes place in a restaurant while Maria and Celtia, mother and daughter, are having a conversation. Apart from the main characters there is also James, Celtia's boyfriend who pushes her to follow her dream and to face her mother.
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Adriana Páramo director and scriptwriter. In addition, there are other great people involved in this short film because they believe in this project.
Lucía Regueiro as Celtia, the daughter.
Mariana Carballal as María, the mother.
Some rewards include photographs signed by them.
María Ugarte Galiana: Producer
Xan Campos Trío: Music.
Some rewards include a CD with 3 jazz songs from short film, (you can hear some of their music on the crowdfunding video!)
Xela Cuñarro: Photographer.
Some rewards include pictures of London or Galicia taken by her with poems by
Photograph by Xela Cuñarro, showcased at Foyles, London, as part of Love Charing Cross Road Photography Exhibition (2013)
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
Thanks to your contributions we will make this short film happen!
If you want to see how the story between María and Celtia ends, help us! The director and the rest of the team are already in London but we need to bring the cast! We need the money to buy the plane tickets, book the hotel rooms, pay for other expenses...
Most important of all is THE SHOOT.
It will be a very intense couple of days! Apart from hiring equipment, a crew of about 15 people will have to eat!
This process doesn't end with the shoot... afterwards we will have to return the equipment, edit the footage, send the film to festivals...
As you can see it's not just about having a camera. There are plenty of other things to keep a production going. This is why we need your collaboration!
Preproduction: July, August
In these months we will finalise the script, hire the locations, ask for permissions to shoot, and we will of course rehearse with the actresses!
Film shoot: Last week of August
During these days we will film the whole script! 10 pages and 5 scenes!
Postproduction: September, October
Now it's time for the editing suite! We will choose the shots, adjust colour, sound, but most important... it's here where the story is told! The director and editor will spend days working and deciding which shots tell the story that we all want to see.
Rewards: December and January. There will be 2 events to give the rewards, one in London and one in Galicia.
Thanks for supporting this project. Let's make this short film together!