Fresh off the back of its world premiere at Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2017 Master of Arts Screen grad Thomas Wilson-White’s feature film, The Greenhouse is set for its international debut at the 35th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival. One of the world’s most significant and long-standing queer film events, the festival delivers the best new LGBTIQ+ cinema from around the world, this year showcasing 26 features and 38 free short films from across the globe online and on-demand from 17-28 March.
Selected to screen as part of the festival’s Hearts ‘program’, a showcase of queer films focused on love, romance and friendship, The Greenhouse will be available for UK audiences via the BFI player, streaming throughout the duration of the festival.
Made with the help of a $10,000 grant from Queer Screen in association with the Mardi Gras Film Festival, writer/director Wilson-White commenced work on the film during his final year at AFTRS. He worked on the project alongside regular collaborator, producer Lizzie Cater and AFTRS classmates, composer Freya Berkhout (Graduate Diploma in Screen Music, 2013), cinematographer Daniel Bolt (Graduate Certificate in Cinematography Fundamentals, 2011), editor Kelly Cameron (Master of Screen Arts, 2017; Graduate Diploma in Editing, 2012), and post-production assistant Joyce Escuardro (Graduate Certificate Screen: Editing, 2017).
The film follows Beth Tweedy-Bell, who, grieving the death of her mother Lillian, wakes one night to find a portal to the past in the forest surrounding her family home. Swept away by visions of her idyllic upbringing with her three siblings and two loving Mums, Beth becomes mesmerized by the past, unable to see the dangers that lie ahead.
“Thrilled to be premiering ‘The Greenhouse’ internationally at the British Film Institute’s BFI: FLARE London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival this March. This festival was at the top of our list for years and we are so happy to see our film in the program. A dream come true.”
- Thomas Wilson-White
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“A startlingly original film that grounds its fantasy elements firmly in reality, it’s bolstered by a strong ensemble cast. Thomas Wilson-White has crafted an engaging story of love and family, and the lengths we go to for both.”
- Emma Smart, BFI Flare programmer
Find out more about BFI Flare’s 2021 edition and the full program here.
Writer/director: Thomas Wilson-White (Master of Screen Arts, 2017; Graduate Diploma in Directing, 2014)
Producer: Lizzie Cater
Associate producer/production manager: Jemma Douglas
Executive producers: David Gilbery, Spencer McLaren, Marlon Vogelgesang
Composer: Freya Berkhout (Graduate Diploma in Screen Music, 2013)
Cinematographer: Daniel Bolt (Graduate Certificate in Cinematography Fundamentals, 2011)
Editor: Christine Cheung
Additional editing: Kelly Cameron (Master of Screen Arts, 2017; Graduate Diploma in Editing, 2012)
Production design: Isabella Andronos
Costume design: Ellen Stanistreet
Hair stylist/makeup designer: Ali Robertson
First assistant director David Burrowes, Ryan Osmond
ADR Recordist: Ryan Granger, David McCarthy
Dialogue editor/re-recording mixer/sound designer: Ben Vlad
sound recordist: Michal Zoltkowski
Stunt coordinator: Igor Breakenback
Post-producer: Emily Tathem
Colorist: Justin Ngy Tran
Post-production assistant: Joyce Escuadro (Graduate Certificate Screen: Editing, 2017)