Local Profile: Gabriela Staniszewska
With our full local screenings lineup being announced very soon, we thought we’d share some background on Gabriela Staniszewska, whose short film The Spring was exhibited at the inaugural Bristol Film Festival, and who is returning this March with one of her recent works.
Gabriela Staniszewska is the award-winning filmmaker behind Blaise (2012) and The Spring (2014). Her films focus on themes of grief, depression and oppression, and she primarily works in the horror and sci-fi genres. I Should Have Run (2016) is her horror debut as writer/director, and has taken the festival circuit by storm in the last year, so far winning six awards.
The film tells the story of a woman, walking home alone at night. She encounters something strange and terrifying on her journey, and when it asks her a question her sheer terror causes her to lie… with disastrous consequences. I Should Have Run deals with themes of depression and grief: the mistakes you make along your path and the lies you may tell yourself, and to others.
The film was shot on the Bristol to Bath cycle path in February 2016, on a budget of £200, and was only completed due to tireless work from a very talented Bristol based filmmaking collective including Scott Wharram (DOP and VFX artist), Kieran Hayhow (1st AD) and Matthew Chippendale Jones (1st AC & Grip). The music and the sound mix are also home-grown, with Bristol based composer Tom Popperwell’s dark and ominous presence and the excellent sound mix and design provided by Tom Hobbs at Films @ 59.
You can catch I Should Have Run at our Short Film Showcase, at the RWA and Bristol Cathedral throughout the festival weekend. It’s free to enter, films will be playing on a rolling loop, and we’ll be confirming the exact timings and listings very shortly!