Brit writer/producer/director Andy Mundy-Castle’s feature documentary titled, The Fade, has hit North American shores, as it continues its international Film Festival run.
It screened over the weekend at the Austin Film Festival, and was warmly received by attending audiences.
The good-looking feature-length documentary is described as an intimate portrait of four black barbers from different parts of the world (Ghana, Jamaica, the USA, and the UK), followed over the course of seven days.
That should be enough to make you even slightly curious – the potential to closely observe these African lives from 4 different location points of view, spanning 3 continents.
The observational documentary is said to reveal exactly what this profession means to their individual societeis in the 21st century, interweaving their stories and examining the differences between of the locations.
While the rest of us who weren’t at Austin over the weekend, wait for The Fade to come to our cities, you should know that Mundy-Castle is already prepping his next project; and this one will be scripted fiction.
I was informed over the weekend, and was able to confirm with Mundy-Castle today, that, on a recent trip to LA, he and Paul Bucknor (co-producer of the 1997 hit, The Full Monty) have signed a deal to see his next project realize, which Bucknor (who also produced the acclaimed 2010 Jamaican drama Better Mus Come) will direct – making it his directorial debut.
Bucknor is British of Jamaican descent by the way.
The movie, which Mundy-Castle describes as a supernatural thriller with a diverse cast, set in London, is titled The Woodz.
He woudn’t reveal more than that, as the project is being packaged for financing, with a summer 2013 shoot start date targeted.
Mundy-Castle also shares that they are both “terribly excited” about the project, and believe it will have international appeal.
Glad to see this collaboration happening; and to make another connection, Mundy-Castle served as producer of Stephen Lloyd Jackson’s 2011 acclaimed Brit drama David Is Dying, which we covered here on S&A.
And with The Full Monty and Better Mus Come under his belt – 2 vastly different kinds of films – I’m certainly curious to see what producer-turned-director Bucknor delivers.