Peter Langmead

Film Director, Screenwriter, Composer, Steadicam operator, Social Documentary Photographer

My latest film is The Borderline, released on December 4, 2019

THE BORDERLINE: the Director's Statement and Bio  

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Director's Statement

Thirty per cent of populations suffer from a degree of mental deficiency. Schizophrenia and gender abuse in difficult and unpoliced natural environments where intolerance and river borders, remoteness and natural law, exacerbate the challenges of survival.

Cinematography includes significant Steadicam and handheld work, implying a fragile but human environment. Colour design differentiates between full colour as the real, emotional and unreliable world of illusions and delusions we live in, including night-for-night colour; bleached bypass, purple haze and day-for-night represent unreliable dreams, underworld and corruption; black and white is flashbacks and the soul.

Sound design contrasts talkie and sound film techniques in small confined offices and open plains, while Brechtian distanciation returns the audience to reality by off-screen sound effects, imaginary dialogue and unreliable commentary.

Noir-style music based on Messiaen’s scales of limited transposition follows Lalo Schifrin, never resolving to a perfect cadence, which is closer to ‘Double Indemnity’ than playthrough style, adding disruption and heightening tension, adding to the unreal mix inevitable with stems in film music. ‘Kwatu’ is diegetic in the film and is traditional Kalindula music, written and performed by Burning Youth Band, included on ‘The Assignment’ album released on 3 August 2019.

Characters are not reliable or truthful: mankind assumes male murderers. Faustino is violent, according to Bupe, who reports he beat Jane and attempted to rape her; Brenda assumes Faustino killed Mulenga, Moses and Rab, but it's more likely Mwansa, who carries a bow and arrows. Faustino's bow and arrows are hearsay, not seen, while Hama dreams Enya shoots Mr Phiri but doesn't see her barefaced lies.

Further, a filmmaker is an unreliable storyteller who may use colour, music and sound effects based on aesthetics. So, it is a puzzle: who is dead.

Mutinta Marie, playing Enya, on location, Lower Zambezi, ZambiaMutinta Marie (Enya) on location, Lower Zambezi, Zambia

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Peter Langmead

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Notes

Langmead & Baker Ltd is a public relations and communications company based in Lusaka, Zambia. I am a fan of Blackmagic cameras and use a Mini 4k, because of its global shutter and we have lots of fans and propellers in Zambia; but, make no mistake, you need weight for inertia, on tripod, handheld and for Steadicam work, or you will be shaking like a leaf and not able to pan or tilt properly.

The Next Movie

The script is prepared for my next movie and pre-production is in progress. This is the most time-consuming part of filmmaking and production is expected to begin at the end of the year,