Introducing the Modern Tales Podcast... TELLING TALES

We are at a moment where the importance of untold stories and the power of unheard voices to challenge the status quo is at a fresh and exciting high. Without wanting to place a dampener on this, we do have to remember that we have been here before and each time there has been a rush of noise and energy and small victories that can seem huge are crushed by subsequent inaction, and a reverting to mainstream thinking that is actually in reality only good for the few. But, if there is something different about what is happening now - with both women and people of colour - it is that the argument has so far not been hijacked by the mainstream, to then own and control and impose its own timetable. It is crucial that for women and BAME filmmakers that we seize this energy and keep it with us to get our work made, our stories developed, financed, filmed and out to our audiences so that we can grow our craft, get better at what we do and create for ourselves sustainable careers.

Modern Tales believes in diversity as a powerful creative and economic force, as well as in the power of the audience to recognise, enjoy and show loyalty to great storytelling in which the viewer sees her or himself both reflected and celebrated. The form the stories take on can be diverse too and all our training to date is in encouraging our filmmakers to be flexible, audience-savvy, brave in their storytelling and above all, themselves.

We are launching TELLING TALES, the first in a series of podcasts by Modern Tales to look at the stories of people and projects who have found a way to get their voice out there, who tell diverse stories and who are not afraid to do things their own way. Our first guest is Olivier Kaempfer, producer at Parkville Pictures and Senior Executive at Film London on the Microwave first feature scheme. He studied at the London Film School and made a bunch of short films, some with public money, others with no money, before he moved into feature production. Olivier, with his business partner Cecilia Frugiuele, chooses films that are unusual, deeply personal and tricky to finance in a mainstream sense, but with his tireless attitude and commitment to his talent he has already managed to make four low-budget features and along the way, scooped up the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance this year for Desiree Akhavan's second feature THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST.

Femi Kolade