“I heard destiny calling… I was going to be a cheesemaker.” When Oleg Sirota discovered his native Russia was banning all Western cheese imports, he quit his IT job in Moscow, sold his house and cars, took out a $100k loan and set about building a cheese factory in the snowy wilderness. “Russian Parmesan” was born.
This short documentary was originally released on NOWNESS (30/6/2016). Full article: https://www.nowness.com/series/stranger-than-fiction/war-and-cheese-oleg-sirota-ben-garfield
It was longlisted for the 2017 BAFTA Short Film Award.
Original sketch by Mixed Doubles Screenplay by Mixed Doubles & Ben Garfield
Director - Ben Garfield Producer - Stefan Parker DoP - Matt Riley Production Designer - Ysabel Kaye Costume Designer - Robyn Morell Editor - Connor Snedecor Composer - Andrea Possee Colourist - Rory Leighton Sound Designer - Peter Warnock 1st AD - Georgia Berry Production Manager - Sam Robertson 1st Assistant Camera Op - Austin Phillips 2nd Assistant Camera Op - Cristina Lozano Gaffer - Alfredo Juan Spark - Laura Gallop Sound Recordist - Joe Conneely Production Design Assistants - Emily Clay & James Molkethin Assistant Costume Designer - Rosie Gaunt On-set Assistant Costume - Amy Westwood Make-up Artist - Gemma Chadwick Script Supervisor - Sophie Habib-Deloncle Runners - Josien van Oostveen & Merika Sam-German
ANIMALS by Mixed Doubles
Creation, Day 6: God has until the end of the workday to name all of his new animals, if he still wants to take Sunday off...
This sketch was made with comedy quartet Mixed Doubles.
Official Selection: London Sketchfest 2016
Starring - Bertie Peacock
Written, Produced and Directed by Ben Garfield
Produced by Harriet Harper-Jones and Mark Driver
Executive Producer - Marta Sala Font
Director of Photography - Jim Petersen
Edited by Hettie Griffiths
Sound Design by Joseph Munday
Music by Alex Harwood
Coloured by Jamie Welsh
Homey is a short film funded by Ex-Animo as part of the Roundhouse Online Film Fund. It was shot at Grafton Primary School in Holloway, North London and features a combined cast of over 100 of the school’s pupils.
“Brilliant. Pure cinema.” – Jay Rayner, BBC’s ‘The One Show’.
“Deftly shot and edited … brimming with suspense.” – Oliver Lunn, Editor of Grolsch Film Works.
“Excellent camerawork, editing and the energy of the young cast gave it drama and tension, all very precisely and effectively done.” – Jane Schoettle, Toronto International Film Festival Programmer.
Written, produced, directed & edited by Ben Garfield Cinematography by Ben Garfield & Ian Tierney Music by Alex Harwood Sound design by Peter Warnock VO Mix by Kasper Pedersen
Special thanks to: Zak Klein Robin Whenary
Goldcrest Post, Efes Pool Club and Bar, The Southampton Arms, The World's End, The Earl of Camden.
The wonderful, strange, intriguing and sexy people of London.
... with apologies to Woody Allen and his magnificent opening scene to Manhattan (1971).
London at Night
Inspired by the opening scene to Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” (1971), “London at Night” sees an ambitious soul trying to capture the essence of London at night in just 90 seconds…
The film was selected as runner up in the "GREAT Britain" competition, run by the national tourist board Visit Britain, and has been screened around the world to promote the capital as a tourist destination.
It was also shortlisted for Time Out’s My London Film competition and made it’s big screen debut at the Barbican as part of the official selection for the Framed Film Festival 2013.