Homemade drama/parody from Kazakhstan wins "Done in 60 Seconds"

ASTANA. April 2. KAZINFORM A one-minute chef-d'oeuvre by Indira Suleimenova from Kazakhstan won the first place in the Done in Sixty Seconds competition of the Jameson Empire Awards 2012 held in London on March 25.

The first ever Kazakh winner of an Empire award, Indira Suleimenova impressed the jury and viewers with a truly inspired parody of Hollywood's "Black Swan."

This year the awards took place in a glitzy high-profile ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The organisers of the Done in Sixty Seconds competition asked contestants to re-make existing film classics so that they played in under a minute, and were amazed with the applicants' ingenuity, skill and humour, the Kazakh MFA reports.

"It's unbelievable, and I would like to thank my family and my friends who supported me. Thank you so much! I don't believe it is true!" exhuberant Indira said following the award ceremony.

The young Kazakh director's short satirical film was among five works selected to compete in the final round of the contest. The others were "Herge's Raiders of the Lost Ark", by Philip Askins (UK), "Spider-Man", by Gonzalo Ruiz and Joaquin Vergara (Chile), "Edward Scissor Hands" by Rosen Lliev (Bulgaria) and "District 9" by Andrew Norton (Ireland).

Right after returning home from London, Indira Suleimenova shared her impressions in a photo story entitled "Done In 60 Seconds!" on her blog at www.yvision.kz on March 28.

"Unfortunately, I came to London to represent Kazakhstan in the Done in Sixty Seconds competition without my friend and our cameraman Kairat Temirgali because of some difficulties he faced at the British consulate. But we perceived it as a sign that everything would work out right, and still believed that our film would be on the list of the top five finalists," she wrote.

"On the first evening, all the participants of the competition gathered at the London Film Museum and started watching the movies (there were 29 of them) followed by the announcement of the finalists. The jury, including Empire's Editor-in-Chief Mark Dinning, comedian Alex Zane, actor Chris O'Dowd, and British director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters"), expressed their opinions on the films right after they were shown. The entire process was simplified by the fact that the movies were arranged by genre," Suleimenova continued.

"When Chris Hewitt started announcing the finalists, he first mentioned "District 9" by Andrew Norton, Ireland, and then immediately named our work. The list of finalists also included applicants from Chile, Bulgaria and the UK," she recaled. "And we - the five finalists - received the invitation to come to the Jameson Empire Awards and find out the name of the winner!"

"The next day all the participants visited the so-called special FX workshop being held at the London Film Museum. The first master-class was held by renowned special effects supervisor Mark Holt, who revealed some secrets of how to shoot tricks and fighting scenes," she continued. "After that, we attended animation lessons with Ed Hartwell. We also managed to have a look at the museum's exhibits, of which my favourites were the bag from "Harry Potter" and the robots from "Star Wars"."

"However, the main event was still ahead; namely, the very ceremony that was to be attended not only by British celebrities, but also the stars of the world film industry! Our nomination was the third one and it was a complete surprise for me to hear that we won," Suleimenova noted.

"I think that I still do not realize the scale of what has happened, and I would like to sincerely thank the Pernod Ricard Kazakhstan company and the Jameson brand for the great and fair competition, and for giving me a chance to try my luck in such an exciting field, as well as my parents and my family who helped and supported me from the beginning," the excited Suleimenova wrote. And Natalie Portman for the inspiration she gave me, and all who are sincerely happy for us and our small-big success! Thank you!"

Entering its 18th year, the Jameson Empire Awards are the only film awards to be voted for entirely by film fans. The nominations are chosen by readers of Empire magazine, who cast their vote on www.empireonline.com .


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