A bullied teenage boy journeys into the night wanting to avenge his brother's death, only to find himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever.
Stereotype screened at NFFTY 2016 at Closing Night.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Jordan McGibney is currently working as a freelance Director, Producer and Editor within the UK. Starting out as a photographer and graphic designer with a passion for theatre Jordan combined his skill-sets and began to train in Film. Working through the BFI Film Academy and NFTS Talent Campus Jordan went on to create a number of films including the multi award winning short film ‘Stereotype’. With a focus on creating thrilling stories with deep social and political themes he has worked in a number of genres and will be taking on his first feature in 2018.
A Brief Interview with Jordan:
Why did you decide to make this film?
Within my city there has been a huge increase in knife crime that has affected hundreds of families. Rather than make a film that just showed the horrific nature of these acts, I wanted to tell a story that showcased the good spirit of people.
Everyday communities are stereotyped because of the actions of the few yet there are so many inspirational stories of forgiveness, heroism and love that we don’t see in the mainstream media.
Stereotype was a film close to my heart and I wanted to send a message out to anyone that no matter what you are going through the biggest strength you have is the power of choice.
What was your favorite part about making it?
Working with the actors to create some really intense scenes was probably my favourite part about making the film. I cast a lot from the Television workshop in Nottingham and it was great to see them take the script and really add to it. We did several pre-scenes, rehearsals and eventually rounded it down to what we thought was realistic. When we were on set it was great seeing them collaborate and find new choices in the moment.
One of my other favourite parts was collaborating with Mike McLoughlin and Gyorgy Laszlo to create the world. We wanted the film to have an international feel so that anyone could relate to the story. We chose these bright colourful sets combined with pools of top lighting to create this dark mood. I feel with the work they both did, the locations became an extra character in the film. It was my first time working with such experienced crewmembers and they taught me a lot about the art of filmmaking.
What are you working on now?
I currently have a few projects on the go however my main focus is a prison drama I am hoping to shoot this summer. With all the cut backs going on in the UK we are seeing record high attacks and suicides within the system. I’d like to open up a greater discussion about the importance of education and a fuller understanding of mental health within the prison system. If anyone would like to collaborate or support this project please drop me an email via Jordan@mcgibneyproductions.co.uk.