Monthly Archives: May 2016

#7. Georgia Neath – Actress

Georgia NeatthGeorgia Neath is an up and coming young actress from the West Midlands represented by Actors Own Management. Her debut screen performance was part of the Birmingham City Council funded short film ‘BAIT’ directed by Viewfinder’s Matt Ford. Her next project is a lead in Carma Film UK’s ‘Cleo’s Choice’.

What inspired you to pursue acting?

I started acting with a local amateur theatre group when I was pretty young, only about 10 years old. I had very little self esteem or even self worth partially with my appearance when I was younger, so I think the initial thought when I started acting was this is good because I can get lost in someone else who isn’t me. I enjoyed the escapism (and still do) and not having to think about any negative part of myself. However, with more experience, growing passion and maturity, I have learnt that acting is so much more than that. I am starting to achieve some of my best acting work all through self belief and being content within. There is such a big difference between being confident with your own ability and being perceived as arrogant. The  continuous growing love I have for acting at this young age continues to inspire me and I have learnt so much at such a young age it drives me to want to experience even more. I feel blessed that I have found a passion that I want to pursue for the rest of my life, because I know not many people truly find theirs.

Do you have a favourite actor/role model, if so how have they influenced you?

There are many great actors I admire, especially in this generation. I really look for actors who literally sacrifice every part of themselves for a role. That really makes me look up to them and makes me want to reach such a level. I’ve seen this in actors such as Leonardo DiCarprio, even more so since ‘The Revenant’ when I heard about him eating a raw bison liver just to create the gritty realness for the film, even though he is a known vegetarian. Details like this may not seem important or even a big deal to passive film viewers, but this sacrifice for his art, disregarding all his own values is what makes him such an incredible and deservingly iconic actor. I am also massively impressed with Jack O’Connell’s career development as I have been a fan from his appearance in ‘Skins’ through to his massive film role in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’.  This makes me so positive for what opportunities can be just around the corner in this industry. Again, Jack O’Connell under went massive physical change for parts of his role as Louis Zamperini in ‘Unbroken’. These sacrifices for art influence me to devote myself to any role I get, as I know how powerful the result is.

Cleo's Choice

Cleo’s Choice

What do you look for in a script?

I look for a story which not only compels me as an active film lover, but also creates questions for me as an actor. If a script allows me to easily create the scene in my head, I believe it has served its purpose as this is essentially the foundations for the production. If you get a good script, everything else should fit accordingly.

What do you look for from a director?

Passion. Above anything else, if the director is passionate about a piece then I straight away have a mutual connection with them to make the production work. Also, I do like it when a director is happy to hear any points from other cast members about a particular moment and answer any questions, such as if I feel I should be doing something differently as my character. As we all want the best outcome and have a mutual passion for the art, I think being able to easily communicate with the director is essential.

Georgia in BAIT

Georgia in BAIT

Do you favour a certain acting style or process when getting into character?

From the very start of the production I do heavily rely on the script so I can indulge myself in the points coming across in each scene, what my character is experiencing etc. I am pretty good at learning lines, so I try to get this done as early as possible so I then have the foundations set to build up my role. I feel like once I have my lines set, I can begin to experiment, research and ask questions to further add layers to the character. No person is one dimensional, so neither should your character be.

Having had experience in theatre and film, do you think there’s a distinct difference between performing on stage to being in front of a camera?

There is a massive difference and I learnt this as soon as I starred in my debut on -screen role. In my audition for the Birmingham City Council funded short film ‘BAIT’, I was told to leave everything I knew about acting on stage at the door. It is a whole different ball game but it is very easy to understand why. On film or TV, every subtle detail is picked up on camera. A certain look from an actor can create emotion or questions for the audience, making an impact sometimes more than dialogue can. Whereas on stage, an audience member at the back is not going to pick up a subtle hand or eye movement so dialogue is crucial to understanding the plot and character development. Simply put, on-screen roles reflect real people, experiencing very real human emotions and showing real characteristics, on stage everything is heightened from movement to voice.

What would your dream role be?

I don’t think my dream role has been written yet or even thought of. When a large scale audience observe me as a particular character and universally agree that they cannot imagine any other actor portraying that role, that’s when I will have been cast  my dream role.

In a previous interview with Micheal Muyunda he believed acting should, “Not have it be about fame, money or twitter followers, just having the focus on doing the best job possible for the love of film. Not money, not fame but storytelling”, with this in mind how important is finding fame to developing as an actor?

In the world we live in, celebrity gossip and lifestyle is of such a high interest. Social media has become a part of daily routine where we can take a glimpse at a star’s life. I actually see a positive side when it comes to fame with actors, as social media especially can create such a great hysteria over new film releases, reaching large audiences fast. It can be an advantage for actors to be able to interact with fans and widely see others opinions on their roles, due to their fame. I think any actor would be lying if they said they wouldn’t like to be publicly recognised for great work. I think the main difference is between fame and being in the ‘limelight’ if that makes sense. There are many famous actors, widely known across the world whose private lives have not been broadcasted all over the internet or in newspapers. Their fame has derived from being recognised as good actors. Fame is important to developing as an actor and to be able to get the bigger roles you crave. More fame opens more doors to meet new industry creatives, however, being publicly in the limelight can damage your persona which puts your career at risk.

If you could change one thing about the film industry, what would it be?

I would have big film companies take more ventures outside of mainstream film, not only seeking new talent, but new edgy scriptwriters and directors who aren’t afraid to tackle taboo subjects for film. I sometimes feel big budget films are created for the sake of generating guaranteed box office sales, so investing money in unique film concepts would create platforms for new talent, as well as show mainstream audiences fresh ideas.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue acting?

If acting is the only thing you think about and know your heart is in, then you have to give it your all. No matter what you do along side to support yourself, never lose that end goal. Seek every opportunity to build up your training and experience. Social media is a great way to get yourself seen, as well as finding projects to be a part of. Being content with yourself is everything, especially before and after going into that audition room. There is no reason why it can’t be YOU who gets that next role, so go for it!

Georgia’s Twitter link is @georgieneathy and a trailer is being released soon for her latest project ‘Cleo’s Choice’ which you can also follow on Twitter  @CarmaFilmUK.

The Foreground – 2016

Pictures from our latest short, The Foreground. Written by Matthew Simmonds and directed by Phil Slatter. Starring Rachel Chambers and Elliott Cooper.

Films Seen By Outward This Week

Casting Announcement – The Foreground

Rachel Chambers

Its with great pleasure to announce Rachel Chambers has agreed to play the role Jackie in our upcoming short The Foreground.

Rachel has previously appeared in BBC’s Doctors and feature films Drunk on Love and One Thing Left To Do, directed by Shane Sweeney.

Production on The Foreground starts late May and will directed by Phil Slatter. We’ll share more content in the near future.

Rachel’s IMDB can be found here and  showreel can be found here.

#6. Birmingham Film Fesitval.

Birmingham Film Festival

Birmingham Film Festival is an international festival of screenings, events and awards for filmmakers from around the world.

Over the three days of the festival you’ll find features, shorts, doumentaries as well as seminars and Q&As.

The festivals runs from the 25th to the 27th November 2016 and will take place at the Mockingbird theatre in Digbeth. Submissions deadlines run up to October.

What do you look for in a film that’s submitted to your festival?

Films need to either be engaging, creative, insightful, beautiful, well crafted, entertaining or have something to say. Any one of those qualities is enough for us to take an interest and consider the film. A low budget movie shot on a consumer level camera may have a deeply evocative message or be a really thrilling movie and so it would definitely be of interest.

How many films make your official selection and is there a point when the volume of entries can become a burden?

We’d like to show as many as possible, including features. Over the three days we aim to show at least 70 films, with a real mix of theme, genre and tone.

How important is production value to you? At what point would you consider omitting a film, based on visual and audio quality?

If the story comes through, if the characters are interesting and if the film is put together well to tell its story, then that’s what’s important. We draw the line if a film has major sound issues, is out of focus or fails on a technical level.
Outside of that it’s very much a case of personal preference between the team as to whether or not the low production value is detrimental to the film. Having said that, some of the highest budgeted films in Hollywood, with amazing production value are awful.

How do you support local filmmaking talent?

The festival is a platform for networking first and foremost, so hopefully local film makers will be able to attend a lot of the events we have planned and gain something from them. The best local film will also be recognised with an award for its achievement. Hopefully this festival will help bring the Birmingham and Midlands film community together and show the rest of the country and the world the talent we have in the region.

Do you find there’s a conflict between the accessibility of the internet and film festivals?

I think the two help each other a great deal. Online submission is now the fastest and most efficient way for film makers to get their films shown at festivals. It gives film makers access to many more events, they otherwise would not have known about. Online documents and files being submitted direct to festivals saves time and money for the film makers and it all leads to the ultimate goal for every film maker; having your work shown on the big screen in front of an audience, which is the greatest thrill of all.

Do you feel platforms like FilmFreeway have made the festival circuit more accessible to zero budget filmmakers? If so, do you think this is a good thing?

Film Freeway in particular is a site I really am grateful for. As a film maker I have used it on numerous occasions to submit my work but now being the other side of the festival world, Film Freeway has made it so easy to establish our event and allowed hundreds of film makers to get their work to us. At the end of the day we want to see as many films as we can and show as many as possible. Without Film Freeway (and other similar sites), we’d never have this opportunity.

Do you think film festivals have changed in any way over the past five years?

In the last decade there has been a huge shift in the way film festivals operate and the purpose they serve. With so many available it’s both a blessing and a curse for film makers. It gives you more options and a chance of getting your film shown but also means you run the risk of being lost in the noise. (More of which is being made every year!)

Have you noticed any change in the type of films being submitted?

What has struck me most is how much further afield the submissions come from. We have had films submitted from Ghana, Iraq and Mexico, which is totally amazing to me. The fact that film makers from around the world are more connected than ever is a real achievement and something we should all embrace and be proud of.

Are there any ways in which film festivals could improve their relationship with filmmakers?

The thing that always frustrates film makers is not hearing from the festival if they haven’t been selected. The money people spend to submit to these festivals can mount up pretty quickly. Most submission processes are handled online so an email, even a brief one, to inform film makers that they haven’t been selected would be a gesture of respect. We plan to contact every single person who has submitted to the BFF, it’s the least we can do for those people who have taken the time to share their work with us.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own film festival?

Be prepared for a lot of organisational work, a lot of decision making, a lot of running around trying to get things together but definitely go for it. Allocate time and stick to deadlines because the submissions can build up quickly and you really want to see every film sent to you, they will be the heart and soul of your event when it comes to it.

You can submit to Birmingham Film Festival via FilmFreeway and Festhome.

More information and announcements can be found at