Magazine article Screen International

Roberto Oliveri, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

Magazine article Screen International

Roberto Oliveri, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

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WRITER-DIRECTOR: The least experienced of this year's Stars of Tomorrow, 24-year-old Roberto Oliveri has just produced, written, shot and funded his first short, Compassion, while living with his parents in Hertfordshire and working in a garage to raise funds.

Starring Diana Quick and Ricky Champ (cast brilliantly by Daniel Edwards), it is an assured debut from an untrained film-maker, shot in 35mm black and white, full of wide- and long-shots and suspenseful silences.

An Oxford English literature graduate, Oliveri has long been passionate about cinema as co-president of Oxford University Film Foundation, but it is a big step into production.

"It was weird on the first day because I've such a theoretical knowledge of film, and I had to put it into practice," says Oliveri, who produced Compassion through his own Visual Fare production company. …

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