Star in shoestring re-shoot of Redcar Atonement scene

Star in shoestring re-shoot of Redcar Atonement scene

The organisers of the Festival of Thrift are looking for people to get involved with the forthcoming thrifty re-shoot of the famous one-take Redcar seafront scene from Atonement.

As part of the build up to the 2018 Festival of Thrift, artist and film-maker Richard DeDomenici has been commissioned to make a ‘Redux’ version of the five minute Dunkirk scene from the 2007 Oscar winning film starring local volunteers.

Filming takes place on Tuesday 11 September in the exact spot on Redcar beach that was used in the original film.

The Festival would like to hear from anybody who would like to volunteer their time – on screen as well as off-screen.

The opportunity is open to everyone over the age of 16, male and female, and for every aspect of the project from ‘acting’ to being part of the support crew.

Richard DeDomenici has  pioneered  ‘Redux’ movies – re-creating movie scenes in the places where they were originally shot  but using local people, cheap props and a hand-held camera – for festivals and events all around the world and is also re-creating a scene from Get Carter for the Great Exhibition of the North.

The Atonement Dunkirk scene shows a group of soldiers walking up the beach as military and civilian personnel prepare to evacuate, passing battered and wounded comrades, wrecked vehicles (and horses being shot, we’re  sorry to say – but the Festival’s version won’t do that!) so there is a lot to pack in to the very thrifty version.

Atonement (and Oscar-winning ‘Darkest Hour’) director Joe Wright has given the shoestring re-shoot his blessing:

“Redcar and the community there were integral to the filming of “Atonement” and a total inspiration. I have incredibly fond memories of the place and wish you all well with this exciting endeavour — can’t wait to see the results. Go Redcar!”

The Festival of Thrift’s Atonement Redux will be premiered on Friday September 21st as part of the launch of this year’s event, and will be shown several times during the festival weekend. After that it will be available to the world via you-tube.

We hope that Joe Wright will approve!

 

Richard DeDomenici explains his series of ‘redux’ films in the clip here: https://youtu.be/hLy_CMXN7RY