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Bedtime Story #137

Want a little glimpse into the near future? We’re excited to present CURATE.TV’s first Premiere: a film by journalist-turned-film-director Ed Andrews. Bedtime Story #137 is set in a dystopian near future, prophetic and timely this was shot before Covid-19 lockdown, but feels as though it was made for our current moment.

We spoke to Ed about his creative process, this is what he had to say:

“The idea for this film came to me whilst I was driving down the A12 in east London on a bleak December morning listening to Kraftwerk.

The brutalist Balfron Tower had half disappeared into the misty sky as the song ‘Radioactivity’ stuttered into life and the vision of a woman in a gas mask across a bleak landscape flashed into my mind. It didn’t leave for about a week as I mulled over a possible story.

By early January, a crew of three of us were shooting; myself, my good friend and longtime sound collaborator Rob Owen and the enigmatic illustrator Sophie Mo as ‘the woman’. I tend to shoot these narrative projects in the same way I shoot documentaries. With a general plan but embracing chance discoveries – of which we found many across the industrial edgelands of Waltham Forest and a nuclear bunker deep in Essex.

The film is me expressing my own anxieties as a parent in such an uncertain time of climate change, Brexit and rise of nationalism. However in a very unfortunate coincidence, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have given it a little more explicit meaning. In fact, as a response to all that’s going on I re-cut the ending to make it more optimistic.

I felt I needed that for myself as much as anyone else.”

Follow Ed on Instagram at @edandrewsfilm, and check out his website here

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