Norwich short film Papercut New Renaissance festival 2021

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Edward Heredia has loved cinema since he was young.

Growing up in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, he made little videos of his toys or his friends, filming them on his mom’s phone.

“I’ve always wanted so much to film something and see what I could do,” said Edward. “It’s always been nonsense.

Later, when he was in a rock band, he made music videos for them. But it wasn’t until he came to study at Norwich University of the Arts that cinema became his focus.


Emerging director Edward Heredia
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“I wanted to be a rock star and then I wanted to continue painting, I was everywhere,” he says.


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“It wasn’t until I left Colombia to study fine art in Saudi Arabia that I was like, okay cinema is what I want to do – I want to tell the world how I feel and how I see it. ”

And in 2016, he came to Norfolk to study for a Bachelor of Film and Motion Picture Production at Norwich University of the Arts.

Meanwhile, projects he worked on included promotional videos for the town’s Hamlet Charity for children and young adults with disabilities and with complex health needs.

“The city has given me so many opportunities and allowed me to grow creatively in its artistic community,” says Edward.

When he graduated last year, he joined The Ideas Factory hub for creative entrepreneurs, where he works as a freelance director and filmmaker.

And just before he graduated, a screenplay he wrote during the first lockdown was chosen to be filmed as part of the New Creatives talent development program supported by Arts Council England, BBC Arts and Screen South – l one of the many projects to be developed in the region.

Papercut is a powerful short film, inspired by the difficulties of vulnerable young people and the concept of escape.

Through theater and dance, it tells the story of a young offender, Carter, who has been released on bail.

After an argument with his alcoholic mother, Christine, their distance grows and Carter decides to run away from the house.

The film explores family dynamics, domestic violence and the futility of crime.

“While this film does not intend to make a political statement, it aims to open a conversation about the government support and advice available to vulnerable communities – particularly that of vulnerable youth,” said Edward.

“For some reason, I’ve always been interested in very raw stories, stories that people can relate to,” he continues, citing Martin Scorsese, Jean-Luc Godard and Alejandro G Inarritu among the directors he admires and finds the work inspiring.


Agnes Lillis and Reece Wells as Christine and Carter in Papercut

Agnes Lillis and Reece Wells as Christine and Carter in Papercut
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The six-minute film, which will be available on BBC iPlayer next year, was shot over two days in and around Norwich with local talent and crew.

Choreographer Rosy Mason recently worked on a film for the BBC.

Jonathan Blagrove and Evangeline Williams were the producers on the project, Michal Zak was the editor and the Norwich-based cast Donna Triggs, who worked on Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, helped secure the two actors.


Reece Wells, who appears in Papercut

Reece Wells, who appears in Papercut
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Reece Wells, who plays Carter, is also a model and singer in the AngelsNBandits group which has performed Glastonbury, Hyde Park and the Cavern Club.


Agnes Lillis, who appears in Papercut

Agnes Lillis, who appears in Papercut
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And Agnes Lillis, who plays Christine, has a long list of theatrical credits to her credit, including An Evening with Gary Lineker.

She runs the Yakety Yak Theater Company and teaches theater at the Seagull Theater in Lowestoft.

They filmed Papercut in February of this year.

“It was the random snowfall weekend and we weren’t prepared for it because we weren’t expecting it,” said Edward.

Locations in the city included Thorpe Road, Pottergate, Trory Street, and then at Bracon Hall in a field.

“As the film progressed, we were fortunate to work with the famous Norfolk-based sound post-production house, Sonic Fruit, and to bring in a National Film and Television School alumnus, London-based Simona Susnea who worked on the Netflix documentary. Audrey biopic on the life of Audrey Hepburn, ”says Edward.

Papercut is in its first film festival and has participated in the New Renaissance Film Festival.

As for the ongoing projects, Edward worked on a TV pilot, again with Reece Wells – he actually talks to the set newspaper.

“Reece, the actor in my short is part of a band and they tried to commission a TV series based on the band members, like Disney was doing with the Jonas Brothers, mixing a bit of storytelling with their music. .

“They have just received funding from the BFI and I am helping the director, who is a friend of mine.

Look for Papercut on BBC iPlayer in early 2022.

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