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Substantial Films exists to write, direct and produce films that have genuine meaning.

Brighton: die Sinfonie der Großstadt

Production country: 
United Kingdom
Running time (In minutes): 
Short films
Production year: 
April, 2010
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Tom Sands is a fresh, innovative director who has not only won awards for his short films, but is also a sought-after pop promo maker and an accomplished documentarian. He is currently preparing for his first feature - a psychological thriller about mind control - editing a documentary about the male perception of women and expanding his production company Substantial Films. Tom is committed to a radical but commercially successful style. He is also a writer and after completing a thriller and a romantic comedy is moving on to his first fantasy film.

Film director: 
Tom Sands
Aimee Tasker
About the Producer: 
Aimee Tasker is a fierce producer. In the last ten years, she's managed to get a degree in Philosophy and Cultural Studies, visit 35 countries, gain years of experience in admin, operate financial systems and train extensively in Motion Picture Production. She is head producer of Substantial Films and is currently working on several shorts and music videos, and is in the pre-production stages of a feature film.
Tom Sands
Tom Sands, Thomas Duncan
Film photographer: 
Tom Sands, Thomas Duncan, Maria Alexopoulos, Davide Pellegrino
Kirstie Howell
Tim Cross
Cast 1: 
Meghan Lewis
Film synopsis: 
Taking inspiration from Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt by Walter Ruttmann, this is a symphony of a great city: Brighton. It seeks to show the city is more than just the sum of its parts. Everything is connected.This is the film that Walter Ruttmann would have made if he had access to sound recorders and lived in Brighton in 2010.
Budget Range: 
Under $10 000
Actual Budget: 
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
16 mm
Format Ratio: 
Film Sound: 
Video master available ?: 
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Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Film reviews: 
“I've just sat and watched the Brighton short and was really moved by what I saw. What did I see? To me it was a city I've lived in for more than four decades, though a city I've been blind to for far too long. The film opened up the door and it was like experiencing a completely new space. For a city that's so geographically open (the expanse of the channel & acres of Downs) I found the city in the film claustrophobic, disturbing and scary. Brilliant.”Mike Cobley - EditorBrighton''The symphony of the big city' aims to celebrate Brighton's cumulative charms, while contrasting the fortunes of typical city residents. A bin man works along London Road, a stressed computer worker bemoans the digital age, a bus driver wants to works in a cafe because he hates driving and a busker works out her beer budget - all furiously intercut with monolithic flat blocks and random street reportage, the unsettling direction and sound manipulation are sometimes quite Chris Morris' 'Jam' in tone.” (NC)
Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Aimee Tasker
14 Addison Rd, Brighton, BN3 1TN
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