Gerardo Silano - Writer - Producer - Editor/Translator Debut Director for Ambidextrous.
Part time Photographer & Lecturer
Mentored by Glynn Christian - descendant of Fletcher Christian.
Italian Parentage - speaks and studied the language too and some basic French
Liaising with David Nichols (Producer for The Tourist & most recent; Woody Allen's current film 'To Rome With Love)
Member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts "BAFTA"
Trained Actor - Mountview Theatre Conservatoire
Weekend intense directors course with Elliot Grove's - Raindance
Worked with the likes of Sir Jonathan Miller and Beeban Kidron "Too Wong Foo" - "Oranges are not the only fruit" in the film 'Amy Foster' - ENO - Royal Opera House - English Theatre - Humburg
Part time Lecturer & Juror at ISCPA - INSTITUT DES MÉDIAS - Paris
Film (Drama) Screenwriter/Producer “Nothing is predictable” Apophthengesthai In wine-growing Puglia, Alberobello, Southern Italy, a rustic small archaic fairytale-like village with its peculiar buildings, Trulli, Cizio, a nine-year old boy, a natural at playing the accordion, has one passion he wants to fly like Batman. He is an only child of Annarita, a beautiful woman with a delicate health problem and submissive to his father Ferdinando, childlike and at times loving but not always a pleasant man. Cizio is busy getting into scrapes as "the Caped Crusader" supported by his best friends, Alfonso a 16 year - old lanky “gothic” orphan and Mariella a 28 year old mute down syndrome girl. Unfortunately Cizio doesn't always get it right and innocently, continues frustrating his father, as he is caught with his Batman costume, hanging from a crane, swung by his friend Alfonso whilst Mariella dances around with her head held up high into the blue skies. His grandmother Lidia, a strong-minded widow, the only one who seems to cope with Ferdinando’s deceptive and illusive nature, has to leave for a number of days as she heads off to the capital, Cizio unfortunately is left alone at his fathers will. The day arrives when the village celebrates the patron Saints of Cosma and Damiano. Mario, the local gang leader, subjects Cizio to a task, while he blatantly offers Cizio some wine. Eager to please, Cizio agrees. He performs the task in front of the entire village; he is unaware that his father, provoking once again his reaction, is watching him. Embarrassed and ashamed, Ferdinando cannot believe that Cizio could bring such dishonour and shame on the family. Cizio is then subjected to a terrifying brutal punishment and has the misfortune of ending up with a broken arm. He is now unable to perform at his school concert as he sits enviously, scrutinised, amongst the orchestra. The build-up of events provokes a light sudden illness to Annarita’s weak heart as she is admitted into hospital for a check up. Cizio, bored and alone in the barn, suddenly has his friends turn up as he innocently conjures up and initiates a competition almost Russian Roulette like and in an inebriated state, spill all of the new and fresh summer wine, Ferdinando’s proud and joy; dancing in the wine like pond. On his arrival from the hospital into the barn, incandescent with rage, Ferdinando drags Cizio to his bedroom, gags and ties him to the bed post to punish him. Found by his distraught mother the following morning, Cizio, is rushed off to hospital and has to undergo a delicate surgery. The consequences are dire; which then brings to Ferdinando’s arrest. Through sheer determination, Cizio’s grandmother, coaxes all his friends back as they hatch a surprise plan that will make him fly like his hero Batman, once again. The arrival of a circus with its wired aerial arena, makes Cizio’s dreams to fly, come true.
Official Selection ~ Beverly Hills Film Festival
Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Top 100
Official Selection ~ Action On Film International Film Awards
Quarter Finals of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition
Elliot Groves Intense Weekend Directors Course, Raindance, London