"DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT IS POPULAR NOW OR WHAT SELLS, DO WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART SKIP A BEAT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT."

Natasha Kinaru 
The Bench
Screening Session: BLOCK 3 
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
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A story of two. 

The sight of those memory engravings on park benches always made me wonder of people behind them. What kind of story did they have? Were they sitting here while being young or old? Were they happy or sad? 


The idea grew into this short film.

Hi Natasha thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?

Hi, and thank you for having me! I have found that creative outlets have been a wonderful way to absorb me, and keep me from getting too stressed about the ongoing situation in the world.

Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?

Yes, absolutely. Spending a lot of time on my own reading, thinking, writing down ideas, painting, and making things has given freedom to my imagination and time to prepare new projects that I’m now ready to dive into.

Congratulations on having your film selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?

Thank you very much. It’s an honour to be a part of this wonderful festival. This is my very first short film and although I’ve been painting and creating visual stories for many years of my life, it was only this year that I fully devoted myself to filmmaking, so this is the best encouragement I could have to continue pursuing my passion.

Can you tell me a little bit about your film, how did this film come about?

I’ve always been drawn to biographies, and loved to think and read about the ways one particular person decided to live their life.

The sight of those memory engravings on park benches always made me wonder about the people behind them. What kind of story did they have? Were they sitting here while they were young or old? Were they happy or sad? Did those two people have a true love that they wished could have lasted forever?

Asking myself these questions grew into the idea of making “The Bench”.

What where the biggest challenges you faced bringing your film to life?

Trying to make the film exactly as I imagined it in my head, then accepting the fact that it has its own life, and was bound to grow and change in the process - and that that it is actually a good thing.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?

I learned so much in the process of making it. Of course I will do things slightly differently next time based on my experiences with this one but I wouldn’t go back and change anything.

Describe your film in three words?

Love. Art. Beauty.

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?

I have a deep appreciation for the beauty that is invoked through the medium of visual storytelling - the lessons that it can teach us, and the inspiration it can give. 

Looking back, all of my creative experiences, be that drawing, painting, sculpting, acting, making music, writing, making clothing, and crafting, alongside with being constantly absorbed with books and films can all be summarised in filmmaking. Filmmaking is the art form where all of these and more come together to create something new, beautiful, unique and inspiring.

What has been some of the best advice you’ve been given?

Just go out and do it. Put your best effort in, and do it right now the best way you can.

Follow your own path and vision and don’t try to copy anyone else’s. Get inspired by them, but go your own way.

"I want them to appreciate the beauty and the swiftness of our lives."

Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?

Absolutely. There’s so much more to explore. We have barely scratched the surface. I have many ideas that have yet to be explored and I’m looking forward to collaborating with other passionate and devoted people along the way to make them come to life.

Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?

Make films about something that inspires you, something you love. Don’t think about what is popular now or what sells, do what makes your heart skip a beat, you won’t regret it.

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from your film?

I want them to appreciate the beauty and the swiftness of our lives. In the everyday hustle we often don’t appreciate how truly rich we are, we have loving people around, beautiful trees, opportunities, inspirations. It’s all out there waiting for us. We shouldn’t be closed off from it and instead open up and welcome life and what it offers us everyday.

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