A Very Funny And Very British Comedy from Director Dan Castella
"To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You" Directed by Dan Castella is an official selection of the Oregon Short Film Festival 2018 and the Portland Comedy Film Festival 2018. This film has also been nominated for the "Best International Film" Award. Synopsis "A strange romance about two lost souls; Wendy (one good eye) & Sidd (short for Siddartha) try to connect in a mid-range airport hotel."
When she is not cleaning bedrooms and hallways in a mid-range airport hotel, Wendy (one good eye) watches planes, because Wendy loves planes. When he is not duty-managing a mid-range airport hotel and dealing with the customers complaints about Wendy, Sidd watches Wendy, because Sidd loves Wendy. But Wendy understands plane watching, not love, and Sidd barely understands himself. There follows a plane spotting date, chases through corridors, minor acts of violence and a sunset stand off on a deserted roof as our grand romance in a mid-range airport hotel begins.
Director Biography: Dan Castella
Following in the footsteps of Fritz Lang, Dan studied architecture, but it didn’t take. Since that minor lapse in decision making he went on to work as a director's assistant to Armando Iannucci (VEEP, IN THE LOOP, THE DEATH OF STALIN), Nicholas Roeg, Victoria Pile and Alex de la Iglesia. These creative genii mentored him toward directing his own material and since Dan has gained attention for many of his short films, including being shortlisted for Virgin Media awards in 2009 and 2012, winning Jury commendation for his short 'PITTA PATTER' in 2013 and winning 1st Prize at the Straight 8 Industry shootout at Cannes with his short film 'JAMELLA'. In between short films, Dan has been directing online content and the odd commercial for major UK creative agencies.
Producer Biography: Lewis Partovi
Having started with an internship at Revolution Films in my gap year, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s most prolific filmmakers including Michael Winterbottom, Andrea Arnold, Roger Michell and Armando Iannucci.
I have gained a broad insight into filmmaking from pre-production, through the physical and post-production; working in various departments; production, assistant directors and art department – and at either end of the budget spectrum.
My bread and butter is working as a content producer for ad agency AMV (part of the global network BBDO) where I am able to exercise my physical producing skills on a week by week basis. We work with low budgets, short turnarounds and big aspirations. Producing films on a regular basis has meant I am in the privileged position of meeting new talent on a regular basis.
I have previously produced two short films for Dan Castella; once on the Virgin Media Awards nominated ‘Stalking Ben Chadz’ and again in conjunction with Matador Pictures (now Catalyst Gobal Media) on ‘I Remember You’.