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Interview – Jonatan Etzler – ‘Get Ready With Me’ – A Short Film

Producer Johan Lundström and Director Jonatan Etzler‘s live action short film Get Ready With Me is an unpredictable thriller that combines grim satire with the topical issues of teen angst, social media and fame. This important film stars Swedish Academy Award winner Shanti Roney and newcomer Miriam Benthe.

Aspiring youtuber Vendela decides to get up in front of her high school class and show a disturbing video that disrupts the lesson and causes her teacher Lukas to fear for her life.

Swedish born producer Johan Lundström completed a Bachelors Degree in film production at the Stockholm University of the Arts, he now works at the Swedish independent production company Stella Nova Film.

Swedish Director Jonatan Etlzer graduated in film directing Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, he also studied at the Stockholm University and Stockholm Film School. Jonatan directed several award-winning shorts that have been shown on TV and in theatres. His previous short film Intercourse was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and selected for the Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW, and Aspen Shortfest.

Get Ready With Me was written by Amanda Högberg and Axel Nygren, the cinematography was created by Nea Asphäll and the music by Andreas Ahlm. This award-winning film has qualified to be considered for a 2019 Oscar after winning the Student Academy Gold Award.

Interview - Jonatan Etzler - ‘Get Ready With Me’

Interview:

To begin with, tell us about your latest film ‘Get Ready With Me’…

Get Ready With Me is a drama thriller with dark humour about a high school teacher, Lukas, who’s given his students the task to make films about “being young today”. One of his students, Vendela, has made a suicide instruction video and she shows it for the entire class on the projector. Lukas fears for her life and tries to help her, but he quickly becomes entangled in something he can’t get out of. It’s a very surprising film, full of twists and turns.

Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved with the film?

The film is my thesis film from Stockholm University of the Arts, and I developed the story with producer Johan Lundström and writers Amanda Högberg and Axel Nygren. Working as a film teacher for young children I saw their disillusion, their longing to be appreciated, and I saw them being subjected to cyber bullying. One day some students showed everyone a film about suicide on the class room projector. I felt a frustration of not being able to deal with the situation. This frustrating loss of control  in the modern world was what inspired me to make this film.

Tell us about the cast, who is starring?

We tried 40 different girls for the part of Vendela until we found Miriam Benthe, an enormously talented 16 year old. She lives in Brussels so we had to fly her to Stockholm for the casting and the shoot, but it was definitely worth it. Shanti Roney plays the teacher Lukas and he is one of the best actors in Sweden, known for his parts in Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”, Lukas Moodysson’s “Together” and most recently he starred along Ethan Hawke in the thriller “Stockholm”.

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

I’m influenced mainly by things I see in society, or things I’ve experienced in my life. When it comes to other filmmakers I’m influenced by Michael Haneke, Charlie Kaufman, Todd Solondz, Maren Ade, Sofia Coppola and many others…

Where there any significant issues throughout the films production? How did you overcome these difficulties?

Yes, we had some issues, like cast members getting sick and having to be “green-screened” and “face-replaced” into some shots. There was also the constant pressure of time and money, and fire alarms going off in the middle of complicated takes. But we managed to get through it, thanks to great work from the great team.

What advice would you give any up-and-coming filmmakers, trying to crack the industry?

Ask yourself before you start what stories YOU want to tell. Answer honestly. And then, remember your answer and don’t forget it while you try to crack the industry. Staying true to your personal beliefs is hard, but by doing that you’ll have something that the industry wants.

When and where can we expect to see ‘Get Ready With Me?

Hopefully soon at an A-list festival close to you!

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other films or projects in production?

I’m working on a new short, called Swimmer. Also working on developing two features and a series.

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