Some of you may recall the excellent Jameson First Shot competition that was launched last year. Created in tandem with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s production team Trigger Street Productions (The Social Network, 21, Fanboys), the project invites budding writer/directors from the US, Russia and South Africa to submit short scripts in the hopes of getting the chance to have their film made.
Last year, each of the winning films starred Kevin Spacey (we loved The Ventriloquist), this year the winners had the opportunity to work with the excellent Willem Dafoe. It’s a great competition and it’s always good to see such inventive and original work in film. My personal favorite is Shirlyn Wong’s Love’s Routine but all three are worth checking out. You can take along below:
Love’s Routine is a dark comedy written and directed Shirlyn Wong (USA). It tells the story of an elderly couple, who ultimately prove that love is greater than flesh and blood.
The Smile Man
Russian writer, producer and director Anton Lanshakov’s The Smile Man sees Defoe make the most of his intense facial features. Here he plays the victim of a car accident who is left with a permanent smile on his face.
Saving Norman tells the story of a hypochondriac ex-ping pong player who never got over missing a major tournament final because of a cold. It is written and directed by Hanneke Schutte (South Africa).
More information about this competition can be found on the Jameson First Shot website. Congratulations to all three winners!