Luke Bather - 19th May 2016

Mykki Blanco and Matt Lambert deliver an intensely powerful Shakespearean statement of intent - complete with sex, death and politics. 

Filmed in rural Germany - and photographed by Martin Ruhe (Control, Harry Brown) – this seven and a half minute mini-epic tells a years-spanning story of the decline of Europe into a 'Left Vs Right' dystopia. Like all things, it isn't quite as easy as that - the world of this narrative is full of complex characters who can be seen to believe one thing whilst acting differently in private. It's a cinematic love story that's brimming with hate (or possibly a hate story with flashes of love).

Its power is in Blanco's role within this film: one that challenges the wider world's views of race and sexuality, and posits very directly that in 2016 this shouldn't still be an issue.

"To me the film is nothing more than a story of love and hate," says Matt Lambert. "It's a love story wrapped in the cyclical nature of conflict that humans seem to thrive on. It's a story of the moral relativity and polarizing forces of humanism and a simultaneous misanthropy that seems to live in all of us."

Mykki Blanco has added: "though The Mykki of "High School Never Ends’ is a character, it is the closest to who I actually am and I felt a trust in Matt Lambert to portray this. I have been living in Europe off and on since 2012 when my career began because audiences seem to accept and acknowledge my creative work there on a larger scale… I'm saying this because I've seen Europe change, I have seen the surface of acceptance and the novelty of my brown skin become a frown in a public square, a belligerent rant in grocery store with a cashier telling me to 'go back to my own country'…

"This story is about outsiders, forbidden love... when the Far Left & the Far Right are willing to go to any extreme to prevail in their truth.”

Credits

EditorElena Lustig Bromund
DirectorMatt Lambert
Executive ProducerMatt Lambert
Executive ProducerJoseph Patel
Executive ProducerRobert Semmer
ProducerJannis Birsner
ProducerAlexander Geppert
Director of PhotographyMartin Ruhe
Executive ProducerNils Schwemer
Costume designerLarissa Bechtold
Art DirectorMarie Patzer
ProducerJulia Dobler
Post production companyArri Mitte
VFXBastian Schreitling
Production CoordinatorKadir Alkan
Sound designDennis Beckman
Other creditsTELECINE: PHILIPP ORGANZA MAKE UP: JANA KALGAJEVA MAKE UP SFX: JULIA GRIESHABER HAIR ARTIST: SARA MATTHIASSON ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: JULIAN FEUERSTACKE GAFFER: RICHARD NITSCHE BESTBOY: CHRISTIAN KUSCHMITZ KEY GRIP: OLANDO GRÜBEL FOCUS PULLER: OLIVER MORON CLAPPER LOADER: JONAS MAINTZ DATA WRANGLER: DENNIS HELM SOUND TECHNICIAN: TOBIAS MÜLLER DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT: LUCA FUCHS ART DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT: JAKOB LAUTER COSTUME DESIGN ASSISTANT: LUKA MUES WIG MANUFACTURER: MARC RIEKE BEHIND THE SCENES: LUKAS KEUCHEL BASE MANAGER : DENNY HAHNFELDT PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: JOSEFA KNIPPERS DRIVER / RUNNER: PHILIP NELZ DRIVER / RUNNER: JAKOB JÜRGENSOHN DRIVER / RUNNER: JUSTUS TOUSSAINT BLOCK SERVICE: BAUHOFF FREYENSTEIN CATERING: 1055 MOBILE KITCHEN

Luke Bather - 19th May 2016

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