Al Carretta

Al Carretta

Director at Nightpiece Media
Actor, Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter and Playwright

Gillingham, United Kingdom

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October 2018
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About Al

Never afraid to experiment, Al Carretta is an emerging British filmmaker to keep tabs on. Never funded and working tirelessly with ingenuity and the resources available, he has written, produced, directed and distributed 15 indie features and countless shorts between 2010 and 2019. With original scores and soundtracks also produced on every film he has an enviable back catalog of original content created over the decade that comes in on a total spend of less than £50k. Throw in the development of Nightpiece Film Festival, launched in the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (now in it's 7th year) and you have the framework behind a passionate and devoted arts producer. Deliberately working outside of the mainstream gaze to make a studio's worth of content, the 2010s were Carretta's training ground to lay the foundations for his planned shift into fully financed films.

Combining his skill set, his unique approach has allowed him full creative control whilst maintaining his original ethos of stage to screen production. Since 2017, Carretta's nominal spend productions have really started to penetrate mass audiences. Sub £2k feature films that get seen by hundreds of thousands of people need do nothing else as the marketing feedback alone justifies their production, however audience attention now is a particularly ironic situation for a director who deviated from his established production style to use his 2018 and 2019 feature output as a sketchpad for non-linear narratives and experimental content.

With so many ideas proven and executed Carretta's stage background is often forgotten; in 2010, only after a decade of stage performance built around countless productions in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the full transition into filmmaking considered with mafia crime drama 'What You See Is What You Get' , on stage in the 2009 EdFringe as 'The Tears of A Clown', coming together as Carretta's first feature.

In Autumn 2010 he delivered the 1990s set romantic tragedy 'The Length Of Spring' in Autumn 2010 whilst 2011 saw the production of 'Africa In Her Blood'. Originally produced on stage in Edinburgh in 2008, the film dealt with the concerns of John Smith, a farmer desperately trying to escape a collapsing Zimbabwe.

In 2012, a revised version of 'Wysiwyg' was delivered. 'The Devil Made Me Do It' saw Carretta reprise the DiMaggio role in a re-imagination of the original stage script. With better cameras and higher production values, the film proved to be a marker point and in 2019 saw a resurgence in interest from Italian distributors keen to acquire the film.

In Summer 2013, the film 'Super Tuesday', about the controversial 1960 US Election was produced for simultaneous release on stage in the Edinburgh Fringe and VOD (Video On Demand). Immediately following the 'Tuesday' production 'A Mass For The Dying' was made in Autumn 2013 as a companion piece to 'Africa In Her Blood', sticking much closer to the original stage script.

In Spring 2014, after eighteen months in production alongside other projects, Carretta delivered 'Automatically Sunshine', a genre piece set in present day England dealing with the issues of human trafficking and the pressures of undercover policing. This was his first 'screenplay only' production with no prior stage version.

In Summer 2014, Carretta launched the Nightpiece Film Festival in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also began work on the feature 'The Madness Of Tellaralette Seville', which debuted under the radar in the Edinburgh Fringe. Concerning the lives of drone operators scarred by PTSD, the project was shelved for 3 years until filming finally took place between October 2017 and April 2018 with a 4th May 2018 VOD release becoming Carretta's 11th feature.

In Spring 2015, in reaction to various press articles dealing with the shady world of Carbon offset trading, filming began on Carretta's 8th feature film 'Carbon Foxes'. Completed for August, it premiered as the opening film in 2nd Nightpiece Film Festival.

Through Spring and Summer 2016, Carretta delivered 9th feature 'Bad Caller', premiering in the 3rd Nightpiece Film Festival in EdFringe. In 2017, 'Precious Little Things' a crime drama and sequel to 'Automatically Sunshine' was produced as Carretta's 10th feature, premiering in the 4th Nightpiece Film Festival in EdFringe.

In 2018, Carretta delivered three wholly experimental films to test new found distribution interest. Beginning with the visual style experiment 'The Madness of Tellaralette Seville' that used a cast of largely unknown performers, Carretta turned around the emotional drama 'Tara Reata', on the rebound. An unofficial screen test to align key female roles in 13th feature 'th'dread rattlin' the entire production was shot and edited in May. Premiered in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018, 'rattlin', was fully released in October 2018 exceeding all distribution expectations for a sub £1k film.

Across 2019, Carretta slowly worked his way back to more traditional filmmaking structure. Delivering the feature short 'Homeless Comforts' in April on a deliberate budget of zero, shooting overlapped with the dark psychological thriller 'Princess in the Castle'. Premiered in August in the Edinburgh Fringe the film was followed closely by the crime drama 'Cocaine.Gangster.Talk.'

Originally shot as a standalone film, CGT looked to overlap too many thematically similar set-ups so the decision was made to use the best sections of CGT to create a definitive version of 'Automatically Sunshine' and 'Precious Little Things'. With scratch re-edits of all previously filmed material, a full remaster and a chronological order the re-imagined, now epic 3hr film - shot from 2012 onwards - was released in Spring 2020 to reflect Carretta's first decade in indie filmmaking.

In February 2020, Carretta presented the stage version of planned feature 'Saint Cecilia of Spiralence' at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden.
On 27/28 April 2020, 'Eight Hundred Dollar Value' the second piece of stage material behind feature script 'The Executioner Inside' also runs at the venue to help prep the overall design of the film.. Behind all this production has also commenced on 16th feature, 'Earwigger'.



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