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Life and Death in a Red Room
- Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
"Parlour Games," the newest short film written & directed by the prolific Danny Sangra
Prodigiously multitalented, slightly off-kilter and always with a surrealist approach, Danny Sangra once again proves he is a next generation filmmaker who has honed the art of observation. Lief proudly releases his latest work, Parlour Games, a smartly written short in which Sangra’s signature dark wit is as ever-present as the film’s red backdrop.
Parlour Games is delivered by a stellar cast of British actors, featuring Margaret Clunie (Victoria, Goldbricks in Bloom), Nell Hudson (Outlander, Victoria), Vinette Robinson (Sherlock, The A Word, Vera Drake), Anna Wilson-Jones (Hotel Babylon, Spaced), Ashley Zhangazha (King Lear, Hamlet) and Robert Portal (Welcome to the Punch, The King's Speech).
In the film, five characters from the Edwardian period stand in a room. The characters themselves are something out of Clue: the major, the servant girl, the matron, the husband and the young beauty.
A woman in a black dress and black veil appears and states the rules of a ‘game’: one person will have their dreams come true, another will die. When pressed on the details, she is blunt, flippant, abstract. The audience is left to wonder: are these the rules of a game or is this just life? The woman departs, leaving the heroes bewildered, with more questions than answers.
Upon her exit, the group try to avoid death by leaving the room themselves. It is like the plot of some unexpected psychological thriller, but everyone is unflappable, possessing an almost unsettling calm in the face of such a strangely presented existential dilemma. Perhaps they have all been here, killing time in this room, for much longer than they realise...
An all-around creative powerhouse, Sangra writes and directs in a singular style with a recurring gang of A-List collaborators. In his work, Sangra tends to comment on the state of modern culture, but via his own blend of absurdity and humour. London-based production company Lief, led by Executive Producer Margo Mars, has been a driving force in Sangra’s momentum as a well-oiled machine of creation.
Sharing the philosophy ‘don’t wait to make great work,’ Margo says, “Danny has an insatiable need to constantly be making. And he plays by his own rules to do so, which is why we make such a great fit. Lief is always defining new ways to create content in partnership with our talent and the platforms that are hungry for it.”
Sangra’s uniquely provocative voice can be explored within his expansive archive of interconnected short films, known as a whole as Voltaville. The plethora of short form content has earned him loyal audiences online, particularly on Vimeo, where he frequently picks up coveted Staff Picks.
Naturally, the reputable platform readily agreed to release his debut feature film, which the fiercely independent Sangra entirely self-funded. Starring Zosia Mamet (Girls), Jake Hoffman and Leo Fitzpatrick, Goldbricks In Bloom garnered rave reviews amongst audiences and critics alike. It was distributed in 2016 through Vimeo’s VOD service, with OneFifty releasing the film digitally, while Emerging Pictures supported a small national theatrical release.
Today, Sangra continues to make a mark within the commercial space with left-of-center work for clients such as Burberry, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Verizon, Miu Miu, SMART, Vogue and Balenciaga. True to his relentless creative nature, he is already hard at work developing his second feature film.
Watch below or view the film Parlour Games on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/364985015
Link to Parlour Games website: www.parlourgames.co
Founded by Margo Mars in 2017, Lief is a filmmaker-led production company dedicated to making high quality content and providing access to exceptional talents with an unmistakably individual style. Keen to continue strengthening its reputation for creating short-form content, Lief is bound to continue creating award-winning work, especially under Mars’ watchful and nurturing eye. As one of the most respected and well-known creative producers in the UK, she counts awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios, Ciclope, British Arrows, LIA, Campaign, MVA, VMA, Kinsale, SHOTS and Tribeca X under her belt.
Written & Directed by Danny Sangra
Starring: Nell Hudson, Ashley Zhangazha, Anna Wilson Jones, Robert Portal, Vinette Robinson, Margaret Clunie
Production Company Lief
Producer: Tabetha Glass-Jackman, Executive Producer: Margo Mars, Director of Photography: Marcus Autelli, Production Designer: Sarianne Plaisant, Costume Designer: Emma Jane Lipop, Hair and Make Up Artist: Gaby Winwood
Editor: Danny Sangra
Colourist: Jack McGinty
Sound Designer: Patch Rownand
Origninal Music: Jose Saudinos
Gaffer: Dom Aronin
Electrician: Alex Buckley and Milo Smyth
Rigger: Steve Daly
Grip: Michael Farrell
1st Assistant Camera: Joshua Dadson
1st Assistant Camera: Mike Linforth
2nd Assistant Camera: Abigayle Blacow
Sound Recordist: Russell Edwards and Rich Miller
Boom Operator: Balint
Sound Trainee: Ben Christopher
Costume Assistant: Rhain Teasdale, Production Assistant: Colleen Sohiez
Accountant: Zoe Jones
Sound Design: Machine Sound
Special Thanks: Panalux, Panavision, Black Island Studios, Angels Costume