I was recently approached with an interesting portrait commission by Soho based independent film production company Redeeming Features . Their recent feature film, My Hero, was to be World Premiered as part of the Raindance Film festival and they wanted me to make some portraits of the Cast and Production team on the eve of the event.
The film is based on the incredible true story of Jake, (Nathanael Wiseman); a small time criminal on a council estate in a dying seaside town in England, who is forced to go on the run with a neglected nine year old girl Jade (Alexandra Newick), on the eve of a turf war, after the accidental murder of her father.
The production has received generous support from the Cadogan family. Earls Cadogan is one of the richest families in Britain and is the main landlord in the west London areas of Chelsea and Knightsbridge and after the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate is the second largest surviving of the aristocratic freehold estates in central London. I was really excited to be offered their beautiful No 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel as a location.
The building had originally been a elegant Victorian town house in London’s bohemian quarter, home to radicals, artist and poets. It was the library that immediately inspired me with its fine oil paintings and dusty leather-bound novels and almanacs.
I chose to shoot the main two stars here. I wanted to emphasise the special link that had developed between the characters Jake and Jade, the child who through a series of dramatic and tragic circumstances had effectively become his ward. Using the simplest of lighting there was one really strong fleeting golden moment which I felt captured the right sort of mood and poise that portrayed their friendship and strong working relationship and I’m really pleased with the result.
I really enjoyed working with the production team, Nathanael Wiseman, Katarina Gellin, Vivian Richmond, Chairman Nathaniel, Dir’ Robert Osman and of course, star of the show, Alexander Newick. Thanks also to assistant Danny Walker with his bottomless supply of fresh Duracells and packhorse like capability with kit.
The film is being sold worldwide by ALDAMISA ENTERTAINMENT and being released by METRODOME in UK in March 2016. To view the trailer visit myheromovie.com