By Helen Cox
Independent director and producer Sloane U’Ren and Ant Neely have returned from the 37th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival with one of the coolest awards in the industry: The Gort Award. Every year this highly desirable statuette is awarded to the best film that screens at the festival. Previously it has been awarded to Duncan Jones’s Moon.
Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads is a British period drama that revolves around a scientist’s obsession with going back in time to revisit a moment from his childhood. The film stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Inbetweeners, and the upcoming A Fantastic Fear of Everything), Camilla Rutherford (Gosford Park, ‘Rome’, The Darjeeling Limited), and Patrick Godfrey (The Duchess, The Remains of the Day, A Room With A View).
U’Ren and Neely sold their house to make their film and this award is the culmination of many personal sacrifices. Their triumph is proof that even with a limited budget success is possible if attention is paid to the primal elements of storytelling, such as plot and character development. This is undoubtedly a heartening message in the 3D-driven, effects-obsessed climate the industry is currently operating in. The film will be screening in March at the Vilnius International Film Festival, and in May at Sci-Fi-London.