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Dance With Me

Production country: 
United Kingdom
Running time (In minutes): 
Fiction Features
Student film: 
Production year: 
December, 2008
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Originally from former Yugoslavia, Sasha began his film career in the UK, directing short films, corporate programmes and TV commercials. His last short, Green Pages, a 17 minutes single take adaptation of the phone book won the Best Director Award at Portobello Film Festival 2007, as well as the Best Cinematography at Chicago Short Film Festival, 2006. Sasha’s other big love is dance and four of his short films are dance films. He believes in cinema as meaningful entertainment and in his influences he lists an eclectic list of directors – Bergman and Almodovar, Hitchock and Wilder, Milos Forman and Bob Fosse. As a writer, Sasha has written several feature screenplays, of which Project Snowflake is currently also being adapted for the theatre and is slated for 2009 production on both screen and stage.

as a director
• Dance With Me – 82 min, drama, completion date 10. December, 2008.
• Green Pages – 17 min, futuristic comedy.
Best Director Award, Portobello Film Festival, 2007,
Best Cinematography Award Phil Mash, Chicago Short Film Festival 2006.
• The Appointment – 10 min, drama
forty prints national cinema release, two runs, sponsored by the DRC.
• Hoppy - 20 min, a darkish comedy.
• LATE at the OFFICE - 14 min, thriller.
• Gecko, 4pm – 15 min, drama.
• Waltz – 8 min, silent drama.
• M.'s Little Nightmare – 1 min, dance/drama.
• Fi Fi Field – 3 min, dance film.
• This is Fenland – 15 min, dance film.
• Mené – 8 min, dance film.

Film director: 
sasha c. damjanovski
Sasha C. Damjanovski, Simon James Collier, Ashley Pugh, Lucas Manley
About the Producer: 
Simon James Collier Returning to London after working in Hollywood’s film industry, Simon wrote and published a series of celebrated children’s books, worked for The Walt Disney Company, became an Entertainment Correspondent for the BBC and co-founded and became CEO of the award-winning Okai Collier Company. By 2008 he had produced over thirty five theatre productions both in London’s West End and throughout the United Kingdom. These include The Smilin’ State, Dracula, Viva O Carnaval, Preacherosity, A Mother Speaks, My Matisse, The Dorchester, Elegies and Passion, along with the European Premiere’s of Purlie (Nominated for four What’s On Stage 2005 Awards, including Off West End Production and Best Musical Revival) and Ruthless! (Winner of five Musical Stages 2002 Awards, including Best Musical Production). As an independent producer he co-created and co-produced Whole Lotta Shakin’ – The Explosive Story Of Jerry Lee Lewis at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, which then transferred as Great Balls of Fire to The Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End. In 2002 Simon was responsible for The Service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving and Hope for HIV and AIDS at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He also conceived, developed and produced Rowland Lee’s Crusaid Requiem (2003) at St. Martin in the Fields. Simon has been the Executive Director of London’s Bridewell Theatre and Artistic Consultant to Jermyn Street West End Studio Theatre. He has also been Chair, Trustee, Consultant or Director of numerous Charities.
sasha c. damjanovski
keith wright
Film photographer: 
sasha c. damjanovski, eloise parfitt
henrique pina, david lazaro
nikola kodjabashia, foltin
Cast 1: 
johanne murdock
Cast 2: 
adam napier
Cast 3: 
ismael ludman
Cast 4: 
guggi zuzakova
Cast 5: 
jane stanton
Film synopsis: 
Alice and Neil should be having the perfect holiday in their summer house in the country, she working with her dancers in the conservatory and he sipping on his tea by the lake, watching the amazing sky. Except it's not really a holiday, Neil is on a year's leave from work, pending further tests in his mysterious condition, and Alice, well she has her own problems. But is Neil's 'plan' really the solution?
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Actual Budget: 
£ 10,000 (pound sterling)
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video master available ?: 
Video Type: 
hd, digi beta, dvd
Number of reels: 
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Festival selections: 

portobello film festival 2009, london, united kingdom
manaki borthers film festival, bitola, macedonia

Film reviews: 
Vreme, Friday, 02. October, 2009 Director Sasha Damjanovski presented his new film at 'Brothers Manaki' "DANCE WITH ME DELIGHTS THE AUDIENCE" by Ivana Vaseva The thin line between sanity and madness and its effect on the lives of a couple is the theme of the feature film "Dance With Me", live action debut of the Mace-donian director Sasha Damjan-ovski who has been living in London for 19 years. The Macedonian premier of the film took place at the IFFC 'Manaki Brothers', in Bitola, and the echoes of the screening are more than complimentary. This typically British drama is multilayered, emotionally inten-se and lyrical, with impressive photography and dance interludes for the married couple who are on a summer vacation in gorgeous country surroundings. The couple are in the middle of a strange psychological vortex: Neil is, for some time now, examining the nature of his changing moods and his wife, Alice, is fighting her own inner conflicts. They are both running away from themselves and from each other. Their relationship is based on articulate debates over most trivial things. After a while, it becomes clear that the dancers and their wonderful choreography, who are constantly present in the film, are just an illusion in Alice's head. Some of the most interesting moments in Damjanovski's film are the shots in which the dancers are dancing tango, emotionally and dramatically reflecting every change of emotion in the British couple, through the music of ‘Foltin’ and Nikola Kodjabashia. Damjanovski says that a love relationship is like a dance, which can only function if both sides are in the mood for it. For the story itself, he says he was most inspired by personal experience. "I've been married for 18 years. Happily married. So, the story is very personal, but obviously, it's not based on my life" - says Damjanovski. The film is based on a screenplay by Damjanovski who is also the Director of Photography. 'Dance With Me' was premiered at the Portobello Film Festival in London. The budget was 700.000 denars and was entirely shot in London. Damjanovski is an author of several short films, his short film 'Green Pages' won the Best Director Award at the Portobello Film Festival as well as the Best Cinematography Award at the Chicago Short Film Festival. To the question would he shoot in Macedonia, he replies that this has long been his desire. Utrinski Vesnik, Friday, 2 October, 2009 "THE FILM DANCE WITH ME ATTRACTS GREAT ATTENTION" by Sunchica Unevska Bitola – This year the festival 'Manaki Brothers' introduced 'Macedonian Panorama', a programme for which ten shorts, documentaries and animated films have been selected. The opening film of the programme was 'Dance With Me' by Sasha Damjanovski, a seemingly typical British film by a Macedonian director and music by Nikola Kodjabashia and the band 'Foltin'. In this programme we also saw the documentaries 'Water and Fire' by Kiro Urdin and 'Child' by Aljosha Simjanovski, whilst in the main competition also screened the short Macedonian film 'One' by Vardan Tozija, the only film from Macedonia, competing for the newly set up award 'Small Golden Camera 300'. But we have written about these three films after their premieres in Skopje and at the festival 'Asterfest' in Strumica. Here we will look at the film "Dance With Me" which attracted a great deal of attention at the festival. Sasha Damjanovski creates a very interesting mix of psychological drama and exceptional artistic expression through the choreography of the two dancers, through whose play he manages to capture all of the emotional tension and crisis happening between his two main characters. It is a story of a, on a first glance, typical British couple, but this is actually a universal story about our fears, our attempts to escape reality, but also about our communication which, instead of bringing us closer, distances us more and more. Damjanovski manages to describe the situations and capture the intimate problems in such a way that everyone can recognise themselves in them. The film provoked lots of discussions and his press conference was, definitely, the most attended. He revealed that this low-budget film has only cost him ten thousand pounds. As he said, the characters in this interesting film are based on our everyday lives and, of course, on personal experience. The film was premiered at the Portobello Festival in London. The only film in competition at the festival that was a Macedonian co-production was the Albanian film East-West-East by Gerg Dzuvani…. (text continues)
Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
sasha c. damjanovski
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Publicity contact: 
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This movie has been selected

This movie has been selected as the best dance entertainment award with the samba dancers sydney as part of the team. Children, adults and family adore this movie and most of them watch it together. We are looking forward for their next movie that will be related to this film.


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