A webcam dominatrix decides to take her bizarre online relationship with a graphic novelist one step further in order to track down her estranged mother.
Sleeping City is a brief encounter drama set amidst Birmingham’s neon drenched cityscape, echoing the look and feel of a cyberpunk fantasy. The film follows a widowed graphic novelist, Ewan, and a secluded webcam dominatrix, Anna, who have formed an unlikely bond online. This bizarre connection leads to them meeting for the first time in order to track down Anna’s estranged mother. The moments they spend drifting through the moody and isolated streets together allow them to discover whether their relationship has a future beyond the limits of cyberspace.
Black Country Cinema Collective – Manjeet Gill, Andrew Walker & Matthew Carter (Writer/Director’s)
The directing collective Black Country Cinema was formed in 2009 by Manjeet Gill, Andrew Walker and Matthew Carter. They began shooting improv video poems about their local towns which garnered the attention of Screen West Midlands. After various local screenings, they went on to create Luv’in the Black Country for the Screen West Midlands scheme, DigiShorts in 2010. The film was screened at various festivals including LSFF, Encounters and Flatpack. Following this, they won a MyStreet prize for a short poetic documentary Walk 17 at the Open City Doc Fest, which was judged by an esteemed panel including Cristi Puiu and Pawel Pawlikowski.
They went on to produce 4 Arts Council funded documentaries before directing a Hou Hsiao-Hsien inspired feature length fiction Coffee in Winter, which caught the eye of Soda Pictures and Roger Shannon. Their most recent project revolved around interviewing various webcam models in an attempt to understand this growing phenomenon, which led to the short documentary Sonata of a Webcam Girl. Their creative focus has begun to shift from documentary to narrative film making, with the development of Only Available Online.
You can visit their website here and watch their short documentary Walk 17 below.
Emily Morgan (Producer)
Emily Morgan is an in-house producer at UK/ Canadian distributor Soda Pictures where she is developing a diverse slate of narrative fiction, documentary and artist films, with partners across the world. She joined Soda in 2014 to work on Invention by Mark Lewis, setting up the project in Paris, Toronto and São Paulo. The feature premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015 and screened at the Berlinale.
Previously, Emily worked at Studio Canal, Hot Property Films and as a freelancer for Steel Mill Pictures, The Bureau and Partizan. Emily’s feature credits include Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, Simon Pummell’s Brand New-U (Edinburgh 2015) and Grant Gee’s Innocence of Memories (Venice 2015). Emily has produced numerous short films, including Physics and Tracks by Claire Oakley and The Mass of Men by Gabriel Gauchet, which went on to win Locarno’s Pardino de Oro and 74 other international awards at 150 festivals.
Emily has a Producing MA from the NFTS, a BA in Spanish and Portuguese and has participated in the Rotterdam Producers’ Lab, Cannes Producers’ Network and Berlinale Talents. She was featured as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2015.
Visit the Soda Pictures website here.
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