Alex Ashcroft, a senior lecturer at the Northern Film School, worked as Production Sound Mixer on The Last Tree, a Sundance “Grand Jury Prize” nominated film directed by Shola Amoo. The film has national theatrical distribution by Picturehouse Entertainment in the UK and will screen at the Leeds Hyde Park Picturehouse from 18 October 2019.
Reflecting on his experience of working on The Last Tree Alex Ashcroft said “In the initial discussion I had with Shola (director) about making this film, he said that he wanted it to approach it like making a documentary. The camera was constantly moving as it was mainly shot handheld by Stil (cinematographer), and a great deal of this movement took place outside. This presented a good number of challenges for us as the sound department. Especially since we were in such diverse exterior locations.”
"What made everything come together so well was the proactive and collaborative attitude of the crew. Everyone involved was extremely creatively invested in this film, which meant challenges were faced as a whole production team. I feel very proud to have been part of it."
You can read the review by film critic, Mark Kermode, published in The Guardian here.