House Shorts

Andrew Coats

Soho House London

Andrew attended Edinburgh College of Art and gained an MA in 2000 with his unique adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s The Insidious Dr Fumanchu, which screened at Raindance and was nominated for the Jim Poole award in Edinburgh. After traveling throughout Canada he wrote and directed his contemporary fable, The Greatest of Men, with support from Northern Film and Media and UKFC, which cemented a long-standing professional relationship with BAFTA nominated cinematographer Martin Radich.

Following that, Andrew directed architecturally-inspired short film, Meeting In Progress which screened at London’s International Sci-Fi Film Festival and was selected onto the British Council’s International Touring Programme. Alongside his work as a freelancer, Andrew writes a blog ‘Inside the Mind of Mr Andrew Coats’, and is currently developing his first feature-length comedy Kobassa, after support from Northern Film and Media and Film 4’s talent development initiative Film4ward.

Verena Von Stackelberg, freelance cinema programmer & writer said of Andrew’s House Short treatment:

‘The idea of many Hemingways, and of people in general trying to be somebody else (or mime an idol) has the potential for a humorous short film. The decision to reveal the punch line of the film at the end is perfect for a 2 minute comedy. It’s a bit surreal and quite unique (reminds a little of Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely)’.

Andrew, tell us a little about yourself…

I’m a writer/director and I’ve made short films about mysterious meeting rooms, iron masks, Chinese master criminals and dueling salesmen. I write short stories, which often form the inspiration for my film ideas, you can read some at: andrewcoats.tumblr.com

In 2008 I also formed Duffel Films with producer Michelle Fox. You can check out some of our films here: duffelfilms.com

When and why did you get into film?

I’ve always been a fan of films, both watching and making. I studied film-making at Edinburgh College of Art and I honestly can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

What’s your short film about and where did you get the inspiration from?

My short is about the different ways in which people imagine a legend to behave. It features lots of Ernest Hemingways. I’m not sure if I can say much more than that; I don’t want to spoil it.

Which scene are you most looking forward to filming/which scene will be the hardest to film?

There’s a 45 second steadicam shot that needs to hit the right beats. It could be pretty tricky to pull off. I’m really excited about that and also a little bit nervous as well.

What would it mean to you to win House Shorts 2012?

It would be great to win, but with the risk of sounding like a cliché; it’s wonderful just having the opportunity to make the film, so I feel like I’ve already won.

Photos by: Jodi Warren

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