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Steve Long Director of Global Film Exhibition in Coversation with Indy Singh

Steve Long: It's a pleasure to have you with us, Indy. Your film "No More Red" is a bold statement at the Global Film Exhibition. Can you share with us what ignited the passion to create this film?

Indy Singh: Thank you, Steve. The impulse to make "No More Red" came from a need to confront the knife crime crisis affecting communities globally. We saw cinema as a potent tool to cast a spotlight on this and to drive a conversation towards positive change.

Steve Long: Your film's themes are quite profound. How do they resonate with an international audience?

Indy Singh: The themes of "No More Red" - loss, redemption, violence - are universal. They speak to core human experiences and emotions, creating a connection with people from all corners of the world.

Steve Long: Filmmaking is never without its challenges. How did you navigate the hurdles you faced?

Indy Singh: True, our creative journey was filled with obstacles, especially when dealing with such a delicate issue and trying to resource our project. We leaned on strong collaboration, and thorough research, and stayed true to our core message to overcome these challenges.

Steve Long: Were there any particular influences that shaped the direction of "No More Red"?

Indy Singh: Ken Loach and Paul Greengrass’s works, which don’t shy away from social issues, definitely guided us. More than anything, it was the personal narratives of those who've lived through the trauma of knife crime that deeply influenced our approach.

Steve Long: Any touching stories from behind the scenes you can share with us?

Indy Singh: A moment that stays with me is when we shared real-life accounts of knife crime from survivors. Their strength in recounting these experiences lent an irreplaceable authenticity to our film.

Steve Long: Casting seems to have been pivotal for your film. How did your cast contribute to your narrative?

Indy Singh: We were meticulous in our casting, looking for actors who were not only talented but who also personally grasped the gravity of the subject. Their performances added layers of depth to the characters and the overall story.

Steve Long: How does "No More Red" stand out in the global film arena?

Indy Singh: "No More Red" tackles a pressing social issue with a mix of true-to-life and artistic storytelling. This combination of realism with symbolic undertones is what makes the film strike a chord with audiences.

Steve Long: What is the main takeaway you hope viewers will have after watching the film?

Indy Singh: I want audiences to deeply understand the repercussions of knife crime and to foster a sense of empathy for its victims. The goal is to ignite a spark that encourages community dialogue and action toward reducing violence.

Steve Long: Could you expand on how the film’s settings tell a story of their own?

Indy Singh: The setting is a silent yet powerful narrator, echoing the narrative through real-life locales where such stories unfold, enhancing the emotional landscape of the film.

Steve Long: What does being a part of the Global Film Exhibition mean to you?

Indy Singh: It's immensely fulfilling. This platform is not just about showcasing a film; it's about creating real impact and understanding through the universal language of cinema.

Steve Long: What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers who want to tell global stories?

Indy Singh: Hold on to your vision and your message. Find a tribe that shares your passion, and never underestimate the power of a story to make a real difference.

Steve Long: Lastly, can you give us a sneak peek into what's next for you?

Indy Singh: We're exploring new avenues to continue raising awareness on social issues through film. We aim to keep sparking thought, driving change, and telling the stories that demand to be told. So, there's much to look forward to.

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