London | Shooting People
inDEpEnDEnT FilMMAkERs HAvE A plACE TO COllAbORATE AnD COnnECT, THAnks TO An AusTRAliAn in lOnDOn AnD HER glObAl iDEA.
“It was March 1995, I was 24, and I arrived in London from Sydney on a one-way ticket to find fame and fortune,” recalls Cath Le Couteur, a smile spreading across her face as she sorts through a pile of documents from the production of her latest film. “Neither of which has happened.” Revered filmmaker in her own right, and founder of one of the biggest film communities in the world, Cath Le Couteur takes a seat at her table as the sun slants through the glass wall of her flat. Outside, scenesters stroll languidly along Old Street. In the middle distance stand the curved intersections of the Gherkin, framed by the uprights of the City and the blue sky beyond.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I had some friends experimenting online in Australia. I went to Cyberia, the first Internet café in the world, just to keep in touch with them – and I ended up getting a job there as their communications director. I was curious and also lucky, I got a very early hands-on education on the potential of the net.” Soon afterwards Cath met her partner Jess Search at Cyberia. Within a few months of meeting, they’d decided to make a film together. “It was a short called 174, which is the number of people who are perfect for you in London. We were both single, clearly.
Published on Jun 25, 2010