Marley Morrison's new short film LEROY
Marley is a talented writer/director and is founder of www.hazeyjanefilms.com. She has written and directed short films 'Abeo' and 'Sticks and Stones' which was screened at the BFI future film festival. Marley is currently in development on London Calling short film 'Baby Gravy' and her debut feature film 'Violets are Blue' a trans-gender road movie currently in development with Film London Microwave. She was also one of three female filmmakers chosen to be mentored by 'Belle' director Amma Asante. In 2016 Marley was listed in the DIVA power list for inspirational LGBTQ role models.
What sparked your interest in film?
I grew up watching all the original disney movies and films like ET were the first films that made me connect to something on an emotional level that wasn't my immediate family or friendship group, I remember feeling fascinated that a film can make you feel close to somebody that you don't know. I have always been obsessed with stories and there ability to transform our preconcieved ideas and make us feel less alone.
Your films have a really unique tone, what do you feel influenced that?
The tone of my films are always something that develops whilst I am writing. There could be a certain film, or photograph or person that has inspired the script and then I try to build a world around the main character. Through photographs, colour schemes etc.
Music is also a massive influence in my films. I like each of my films to live in their own unique and almost timeless world that is unlike anything else.
I'm a bit scatty with my process it's really a mish mash of music and pictures that inspire me.
How did Leyor come together?
Leroy, came about when I had an idea about a socially awkward main character grieving over the death of a loved one in their own unique way.
The tone is inspired by films like Napolian Dynamite and Eagle vs Shark. I love the dead pan, dry humor that these films exude.
The LGBT tone is something I'm keen to normalise across all genres of film. It's important that we make films that are representative of the LGBTcommunity but do not make their sexuality or gender identity the focal point of the story.
I had the script for a while before doing anything with it and only when myself and Nathan Bryon who plays Leroy had some time off at the same time did we decide to try and do something with it.
We set up a Kickstarter as I was aware I hadn't done one before and wanted to see if it was actually worthwhile and also knew I had one chance to ask friends and family for a spare tenner.
I'm so glad we did do the crowdfunder because we not only raised the money to shoot the film with but we generated an audience and people were keen to see the film off the back of the Kickstarter.
Kickstarter also featured us on their home page which brought in a few anonymous donations also which was great. We then sourced locations for free and begged and borrowed any 90's props that people still had lying around.
My production designer Carys Beard is a genius at making a little money go a long way. Leroy is now being entered into festivals worldwide and being developed into a 6 part TV series.