Your upcoming movie The Tutor - in a few words, what is it
It is a story about love, loss and letting go (Iím just
saying the logline, haha). It's a character-driven feature film about
With The Tutor taking place in the world
of ballet - is that something you're particularly fond of in your private
There are many physical forms of self expression that
interest me. The world of street dance I explored in my second play Studio
66. Modern dance and physical theatre fascinate me but ballet was the
first form of physical expression that came to mind immediately. I have
seen a couple of ballet shows and had a couple of lessons during my actor
training but thatís as far as it goes. I guess ballet on screen gained
my attention more than anything else. From Red Shoes to Black Swan I feel
that cinema reinvigorated my admiration.
(Other) sources of inspiration for writing The
film deals with themes of education and adversity. As well as being an
filmmaker, actor and producer I have also worked in teaching for over
three years now. Working with children and teaching them inspired me. The
effort and dedication of not only parents but also children was something
that I wanted to highlight. I
wanted to tell a story that was personal to me. They always say "write what
you know best." These themes that are present within the film are themes
that not only inspire me but also need to be talked and acted upon. The
theme of adversity is something that is universal and provides inspiration. All of
us on some form or level have had to face adversity so it inspired me
Do talk about the film's intended look and
want the film to feel as honest and true as possible. I canít say
it will look gritty and I canít say it will look raw but I can say that
it will create a vision that's honest and truthful. I'm influenced by ďsocial
realistĒ filmmakers among many others so I will take inspiration
from their works of art.
Anything you can tell us about your cast yet, and
why exactly these people?
Buachie will be playing the lead role of Alex. She is an incredibly
talented hard working actor. I wanted to cast her as Alex because I know
that she has had to face many of the challenges and has come over adversity in
her career and life. She is currently based in LA and has appeared in
Silent Witness and Holby City among other programs. We also have John
Terence and Stefan Bakic attached to the film. They are both very
talented actors who have many many years between them.
As far as I know, The Tutor's
still in pre-production as we speak - so what's the schedule?
We are attaching more cast to the project and also attracting more investors
to the film. We will shoot this summer. Iím working with production
company Film Engine which have been handling things on the production/business side.
The company and its CEO Phil Taylor have been
raising more than a 100 million in film finance for UK Films. I take my hat
off to him as a mentor and a friend. You know this project has been two
years in the making so let's hope the schedule finally gets its take off.
$64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the
general public (and I do realize it's probably waaay too early to ask)?
as early as it is Iím glad you asked. The film will be released in late
2016. We will be doing the festival circuit across the world and then have
a limited theatrical release before making it available on
social media platforms. We also plan to screen the film across
schools and universities across the world.
future projects you'd like to share beyond The Tutor?
YES. I'm launching Distortion Actors
which provides different services for actors such as casting directors
workshops and drama tutoring to help take their careers to the next level.
Iím collabrating on a new feature film with Joe Harvey as a
actor/producer which will be filming later this year. My first feature
Sweetboy will be screening on London Live TV channel in April. I made
that on zero budget (when I mean zero I mean zero). We had no expectations
but we have screened here and across the Atlantic, and now its coming
to UK television screens so Iiím feeling very blessed.
got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
I trained as an actor at Drama
Centre London for three years but I had no formal training in the world of
filmmaking. To go way back I remember my parents taking me to the
cinema very often. My brother is also a film director so he imparts
wisdom and knowledge to me.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to The Tutor?
I did a bit of directing in theatre after drama school but decided to
make the transition to film as that was my passion. I made my own
short film Hooligan.
That screened at the Short Corner at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and
gave me a platform and more confidence, and then I moved onto a feature
(which I acted, directed and produced).
How would you
describe yourself as a director?
A passionate actors'
Filmmakers who inspire
Scorsese, Spielberg, Ken Loach, Alan Clarke, Mike Leigh, Spike Lee,
Steve McQueen, Robert Bresson. InŠrritu, I could go on and on to be
Your favourite movies?
On the Waterfront,
Pickpocket, Cinema Paradiso, The Empire Strikes Back, Citizen Kane, The Godfather
... and of
course, films you really deplore?
Honestly there are none.
I always find something to like within the films that I deplore.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
My website: www.anthonyvander.com
Anything else you're
dying to mention that I've merely forgotten to ask?
Yes I would like to mention and give a huge shoutout to Phil
Taylor of Film Engine, my
(Iím a fan of your blog), my
friends and family that have supported me since day one.
for the interview!