– . – Tim Gee (Director)
Tim Gee (Director)
What training have you received?
I studied photography at Wimbledon School of Art, then did a degree in television and video production at Bournemouth University. Since then I’ve spent eight years working in the camera department in the film and television industry, mainly doing comedy and drama. This has given me discipline and a huge understanding that innovation and inventiveness are very important in British filmmaking, which is predominantly low budget.
What kind of projects attract you?
Weird and wonderful stories of our strange and often overlooked human existence. I like boundary-pushing stuff that differs from the norm and offers me a chance to be creative but without losing a sense of realism. What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a director? Treat your project as if it were your baby. From start to finish, oversee everything throughout your production. Also, the crew’s input can be extremely helpful in many ways and can definitely add huge value to your project. A director I worked with once said that to buddy up with a good producer who believes in you is the most vital of all elements, as it allows you to stick to telling a great story.
Tell us the most significant moment in your career.
The opening night of Looking For Eric at Brixton Ritzy Picturehouse cinema, when my short film preceded Ken Loach’s film. It was a fantastic end to months of hard work and an amazing break. It is here that I have to thank Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien for believing in me. I also got engaged to the beautiful Jenny on this night, who has supported me from start to finish.
You’ll die happy when…
I partner up with my brother Charlie who is an amazing writer. We then will form a production company called ‘The Gee Brothers’. We will be as good as the Coen Brothers, but English and only half Jewish! We’ll make one film in the right place at the right time that makes enough money for us to retire and disappear on a twodecade hiatus. I would then like to come back out of the wilderness and make two more great movies before I die. If that doesn’t happen, an amazing career carving out British comedy would be a very satisfying achievement.