Andi Osho, actress, comedienne, presenter, writer and award winning filmmaker. Her credits include (as an actress) Lights Out, Finding Carter, Casualty, Holby City and Kiri. As a writer: Sky Short – Twin Thing, The One Lenny and the Andi O Show. She also presented Channel 4’s Supershoppers with Anna Richardson. We at Those London Chicks are so pleased Andi has taken the time to chat ahead of her film Amber being shown at this year’s TFSFF at BAFTA.
You started out as an actress and comedienne what made you want to write and direct?
I started writing (or trying to write!) from the beginning. As theatre was my first taste of acting I tried writing plays but then as I got more interested in television I switched to screenwriting.
As for directing, that came from wanting to tell my own stories. Writing is great but unless somebody or some company agrees to make what you’ve written all you’ve got is a script. With directing, you get to see your work realised.
How did you make the transition and was it an easy one or are you juggling?
It wasn’t so much a transition. More like, an adding on because I still consider myself a comic, an actor, writer etc. It’s just that at any one time I might be more focused on one thing more than another. When I was making Amber, my focus was on directing but now, as I’m working on pitching a couple of TV show ideas, I’ve got my writing hat back on.
Which is your favourite creative medium?
I love being able to switch between them which means I get to love all of them and never get bored.
I get different things from each one. Comedy gives me contact with an audience which is a lot of fun, especially when you’ve got a great, killer routine. Acting allows me to dig deeper emotionally, writing lets me create and explore new worlds and directing lets me realise them.
Some of these roles involve working with people and some, like writing, are solitary and that balance is perfect for me. When I’ve been writing on my own for a few weeks I start wishing I was in a team.
Then when I’ve been with a team for a few weeks I’m like, “Arrgh. These people!” hahaha.
Who or what are your inspirations and why?
I’m always looking for inspiring videos and quotes that help me think outside the mundane. There’s so much noise around telling us what’s not possible, be realistic, be practical, have a plan B so I look for people that tell me to think and dream big, it’s all possible, yes you can!
But inspiration can come from anywhere. A Facebook meme, a word of advice form a good friend, anywhere, we just have to keep our eyes and ears open.
Tell us about Amber your short film shortlisted for the TFSFF?
So Amber is not what people would expect from me in that it’s not a comedy. It’s a thriller about an obsessed teenage fan.
I saw a documentary about One Direction fans and I thought it would be interesting to have a stalker film about a teenager girl instead of an adult. I also wanted to see if it was possible to tell that story from the stalker’s perspective.
Would you say you have a specific filmmaking style, if so how would you describe it?
I’m too new to film making to say I have a style as yet. What I do love is working with actors and teasing out great performances. That’s probably my best skills at the moment and one that will probably always be my strongest because it’s what I find most interesting about the whole process. After having a great script, great performances are the most important thing in a film. Doesn’t matter what CGI bells and whistles you throw at it, if the performances suck, what’s the point?
What are your hopes for Amber?
We’ve had a really great festival run. We’ve screened internationally and been nominated for and won a couple of awards plus, we’re screening at BAFTA curtesy of Triforce and next year we’re in the London Short Film Festival. To be honest, I couldn’t ask for more other than taking what I’ve learned into future projects.
Having been in the business for a long time encountering and working with various directors Have you found it difficult as a female director?
Short answer, No.
In everything I do I try to spend as little time as I can thinking about what a ‘minority’ I am and how much harder it is for me because of that. It’ll drive you crazy. I just do my best and keep going.
Triforce Short Film Festival had a 53% admission rate for female filmmakers this year, which is fantastic. What advice would you give to an up and coming female filmmaker?
Girl, just do your best and keep going! This is a tough business anyway so try not to focus on that and instead focus on what you want to create and who’s going to help you get there. All things are possible!
Thank you so much Andi…
Wishing all the best!
Interviewed by Karen Bryson
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To book tickets HERE to see the film Amber at the Triforce Short Film Festival held at BAFTA 2nd December
For screenings and a whole host of seminars and workshops at the Triforce Short Film Festival click the pic for the festival schedule!