Apostasy: The Movie - Directed by Daniel Kokotajlo

by darkspilver 42 Replies latest jw friends

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver
    cha ching: Here are a couple of trailers, 'apparently' is is classified as a comedy.

    FAKE!

    The youtube video trailer/s you posted are from a 2015 film about the Catholic Church - NOT the 2017 movie I posted about in the OP that is about the JWs

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4156152/


  • Confusedalot
    Confusedalot

    I wont be able to watch this film. My JW programming won't allow me too....have........to...,.break....freeeee.

    Sometimes when I hear a cart wheel squeak I spontaneously start reciting Revelation 21:3-4. I think they did something to me....

  • cha ching
    cha ching

    OOOOOOOOooops, sorry guys, haha!

    I thought it was odd that it had "reverse closed captioning", haha!

    It was suppose to be in English, but was in Spanish with English CC!

    Oh well.... I tried.... Anyone else have a trailer

  • darkspilver
  • konceptual99
    konceptual99

    Given the BFI and BBC Films support I would not be surprised to see this on the BBC or possibly Channel 4 at some point, especially if it has limited cinema exposure.

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    FWIW - update on screenings and tickets....

    WORLD PREMIERE of Apostasy

    Toronto International Film Festival (7 to 17 September 2017)

    Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7.00pm at the Scotiabank Theatre

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 1.15pm (press and industry only)

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11.45am at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 2.00pm (press and industry only)

    Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 6.30pm at the Scotiabank Theatre

    General Public tickets go on sale in a couple of hours time on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 10.00am EDT

    http://www.tiff.net/tiff/apostasy/

    https://www.ticketmaster.ca/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&user_input=apostasy&q=apostasy


    EUROPEAN PREMIERE of Apostasy

    San Sebastian Film Festival (22 to 30 September 2017)

    Screening dates and times for Apostasy to be announced!

    Tickets on sale from Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9.00am

    https://www.sansebastianfestival.com/2017/sections_and_films/new_directors/7/654616/in


    UK PREMIERE of Apostasy

    BFI London Film Festival (4 to 15 October 2017)

    Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 6.00pm at the Shaftesbury Avenue Picturehouse Central

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 3.15pm at the Leicester Square Vue

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 12.45pm at the Hackney Picturehouse

    Tickets on sale from Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10.00am

    https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/apostasy


    Check above websites for the latest information

  • stuckinarut2
    stuckinarut2

    Wow!

    Hope it comes to Australia?!

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    With less than seven hours to go before the SOLD-OUT WORLD PREMIERE of APOSTASY takes place in Toronto, Canada as part of TIFF 2017 - the film's director, Daniel Kokotajlo, talks to Screen Daily:



    Toronto: Daniel Kokotajlo talks Jehovah’s Witness drama ‘Apostasy’

    Screen Daily, Friday, September 8, 2017

    While the storyline isn’t exactly autobiographical, it comes from a world Kokotajlo knows intimately, as he grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness family.

    How will Witnesses react to Apostasy?

    I suspect they will ignore the film. Even the idea of making this film is controversial. The word ‘apostasy’ will raise an eyebrow within the Witnesses. But I’m hoping that if people in the faith watch this film and give it time, they will see it’s not critical of the Witnesses – it’s a film about people who stand up for what they believe in. Some ex-Witnesses I’ve spoken to are very angry about that part of their lives but I see it a bit more objectively.

    READ MORE: https://www.screendaily.com/features/toronto-daniel-kokotajlo-talks-jehovahs-witness-drama-apostasy/5122066.article
  • konceptual99
    konceptual99

    Nice one DS - do we know anyone from here who is going?

  • cobweb
    cobweb

    edit: sorry darksilver - I see you already posted this article.

    Interesting to read more about the director's experience of being a JW. I hope to see some reviews of this soon.

    https://www.screendaily.com/features/toronto-daniel-kokotajlo-talks-jehovahs-witness-drama-apostasy/5122066.article

    Manchester-born, London-based writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo makes his feature directorial debut with Apostasy, which is receiving its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery programme.

    The story, set in Oldham, Greater Manchester, is about a devout Jehovah’s Witness who commits a transgression, forcing her mother and sister to persuade her to return to the faith or shun her completely.

    While the storyline isn’t exactly autobiographical, it comes from a world Kokotajlo knows intimately, as he grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness family.

    Dan kokotajlo

    Kokotajlo, a 2015 Screen International Star of Tomorrow, has previously directed shorts include The Mess Hall Of An Online Warrior (which screened at SXSW) and Myra (which was longlisted for a BAFTA).

    Marcie Maclellan and Andrea Cornwell (Suite Francaise) produce the film, which was made through the iFeatures low-budget filmmaking scheme, and backers are Creative England, BBC Films, BFI and Oldgarth Media. Executive producers are Christopher Moll, Steve Jenkins, Lizzie Francke, Jim Reeve and Christopher Granier-Deferre.

    Apostasy premieres at TIFF on September 8 and Cornerstone Films is handling international sales. After Toronto, the film screens in San Sebastian’s New Directors Competition and in BFI London Film Festival’s First Feature Competition.

    You used to do music and visual art, so how did you make the leap to film?

    I was making hip-hop records when I was about 21, I was a Bible-bashing B-boy. Around this time, I discovered people like Mike Leigh and Karel Reisz existed. I then studied film in my mid-20s, at the MA screenwriting programme at the University of Westminster. I couldn’t afford to pay for it all at once so I studied part time and was selling paintings and juggling two jobs to pay for school.

    Apostasy is about a young woman who leaves the Jehovah’s Witness faith. When did you leave the faith?

    I was harbouring doubts since I went to college. I realised that people at college were interested in your opinion. That was a new concept to me because being a Witness it was always about reaffirming the text, group-think, it wasn’t about encouraging independent thought. I still went to Kingdom Hall [place of worship used by Jehovah’s Witnesses] all through uni, but I kept it quiet. I wanted to leave but that religious guilt was there and I couldn’t find a way to get out of it comfortably. It wasn’t until I moved away from my hometown that I stopped going.

    How will Witnesses react to Apostasy?

    I suspect they will ignore the film. Even the idea of making this film is controversial. The word ‘apostasy’ will raise an eyebrow within the Witnesses. But I’m hoping that if people in the faith watch this film and give it time, they will see it’s not critical of the Witnesses – it’s a film about people who stand up for what they believe in. Some ex-Witnesses I’ve spoken to are very angry about that part of their lives but I see it a bit more objectively.

    Apostasy

    APOSTASY

    How did you cast the film?

    I made a conscious choice to focus on working actors in the northwest, to show a film audience what these actors can do. We saw hundreds of people. It was about the right look and right feel and I didn’t want them to be odd looking, they needed to be relatable, honest people. With Siobhan [Finneran], I was a huge fan of hers from Rita, Sue And Bob Too and Happy Valley. [The mother] was a complex, tricky character and Siobhan understood straight away the humanity that the role needed. Even though she’s just turned 18, [the younger daughter] Alex couldn’t be too childlike, she had to be determined and strong willed; Molly [Wright] had that. For the older sister Luisa, we needed to find someone who was naturally playful and impulsive and Sacha [Parkinson] seemed to have that quality.

    How did you prepare them to play their characters?

    I had a few weeks with the actors. We had a private space where we sat together and chatted about it all, just so I could get across the logic of the Witnesses. It’s hard for secular people to understand that stuff, that you have to act in a way that goes against your natural instincts. Part of rehearsals was also focused on making these people human beings.

    How did taking part in iFeatures help you on the film?

    They’ve been very supportive, they gave me time and space to work on the script. I made a documentary at the beginning of the process about my life, so they could see the power and how personal the story was to me. They greenlit Apostasy before the script was totally in shape which was a real boost of confidence for me.

    Without spoiling the ending, did the film always have to end this way?

    I’ve always been interested in how far people will go for their faith or what they truly believe in. It felt like a natural progression, from what Alex deals with to what happens at the end. It’s the eternal versus the here and now. I hope people can empathise with the situation that the family are in. This is just one example of fundamentalism and what kind of hold it can have on people.

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