Interview with Filmmaker Keith Sargent (ANOMALY 4)

ANOMALY 4 played to rave reviews at the September 2021 Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Dance, language and aliens. It was for a site specific installation show in a googie architecture aptly named building: The Flying Saucer building in Sharjah in the United Arab Emerates for the Sharjah art foundation end of last year. Originally it was made for three screens and then we adapted it for one screen for another art project which is on a virtual exhibition spaceship, Plicnik Space Initiative. Our piece is here , we then adapted the film again to submit to festivals via FilmFreeway.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Probably 3 months, the Sharjah show was on and off and on and off and then on again just as covid really hit.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Let’s dance

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Time. Also working with people in another time zone.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Horror and then pleasure that the little things had been noticed.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Since a child, my dad had a super8 camera and projecting the image (on a bed sheet, hung up) was just magical.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Blade Runner by choice, but probably The Great Escape, as it was on every bloody year growing up as a child at Christmas.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Easy to do. I like.

9. What is your favorite meal?


10. What is next for you? A new film?

A new art piece/installation/film for Matts Gallery, London, E-WERK in Berlin and the Turner Contemporary in Margate (UK) about Nikola Tesla, aliens, octopuses, fungi, pigeons, electricity and animal consciousness…also a little Russian absurdist film called fly on shit about the writer/poet Daniil Kharms, which is in production now.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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