Daniel & Clara On Collaboration – Interview by Avant Kinema


We have recently been interviewed by our good friends Scottish filmmakers Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian of Avant Kinema. In this interview we cover some details about our backgrounds and how we began making films, but the main theme of the conversation is collaboration. We dig into the ins and outs of being collaborative artists and offer some personal insights into what collaboration is for us.

Thank you so much to Sarahjane and Roger for the wonderful questions and taking the time to speak with us!

Here’s their intro:

“As part of a series of interviews and articles on processes of Creative Collaboration, we spoke to our friends, Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais, who create lavish, startling, dreamlike, unsettling, wonderful feature films and shorts under the banner of The Underground Film Studio. The duo are also behind Film Panic magazine, the definitive journal of contemporary underground and experimental cinema.

Daniel & Clara are two of the most industrious, creative, innovative, genuine and generous people we know. We had the pleasure of first meeting them in February 2017 when they invited us to screen our short film, Orphine (2014), in the beautiful city of Porto in Northern Portugal. They were perfect hosts for the three days we visited with our son, helping find us free accommodation, showing us all around Porto, Gaia and the seaside town of Espinho where we collaborated on an impromptu Surrealist black & white Super 8 film, starring Daniel & Clara, which we entitled, In The Arbor of the Bitter Orange (2017).

Soon afterwards, Daniel & Clara came over to the UK for a short British-wide tour to promote their films. All four of us put on an event, MoonMoths at the MacArts Church, in Galashiels, an Avant Kinema / Film Panic co-production, which featured experimental short films, comedy and music, plus a special screening of Daniel & Clara’s first collaboration, the feature Savage Witches (2012). A couple of days later we put on a double bill screening of work by all four of us at Edinburgh’s Vegan-friendly arts cafe, The Forest.

Being life-long aficionados of the art of collaboration we thought that Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais would be ideal subjects for our investigations into Creative Collaboration.”