A Beautiful Dreamer
A film by Kelly Joanne Jenkins
How Beautiful Dreamer came to Lift-Off
Kelly Joanne Jenkins joined the Lift-Off Network and was selected for the Music Video Filmmaker Showcase with Shores. This stunning underwater music video went on to win Best Music Video at the Lift-Off Season Awards 2018. We are thrilled to be aiding her with this exciting project, that will be the first feature she directs and produces.
Written by: Kelly Joanne Jenkins
Country of origin: Holland
Synopsis:An inspiring music documentary about the unique and vibrating life of a stammering Rock and Roll Star in search of success and self-acceptance, due to his stammer, named Rory Storm (Alan Caldwell). A working-class boy in the late fifties whose stammer disappeared through singing and who stood up to create a rock and roll stage for himself and many others, like his good friends John, Paul and George in conservative Liverpool. The Quarryman looked up to him and started by supporting Rory as a support act, later forming the Beatles. Both bands walked the same road to success in a difficult but interesting period of time in grey and dilapidated Liverpool.
His stammer became worse and worse. Rory could not converse and therefore create a normal working life or relations. After his ex-girlfriend betrayed him he was even more in search for himself and love, not being able to express and to hold on to his identity on stage. He moved to Amsterdam to escape Liverpool and to become a disc jockey. He felt at his place in free, flamboyant Amsterdam. But after the loss of his loving father, he moved back to Liverpool and became depressed, together with his very depressive mum. It all led to a tragic ending. At September 27, 1972, Rory’s sister, Iris Caldwell, the ex-girlfriend of Paul McCartney for whom he wrote Yesterday, found her mum and brother died in their family home. Suicide was never proven for Rory, but his mum did commit suicide. Iris is now the only one remaining of the family. And Rory, aged 32, has become a forgotten legend.
About the writer,
Kelly Joanne Jenkins (31) is an award winning film director. She is deeply fascinated by story telling and has always felt the duty to connect people through film and art to create projects with a deeper meaning. Inspired by the world around her and with a genuine intuition she aim’s to inspire the audience, to enlarge their world and to give voice to unattended themes and humans that to her perspective need attention.
Kelly is an autodidact and gained her experience as an independent film director and in the AD department. She worked for directors like Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Brian da Palma (Domino) and projects as Peaky Blinders and Symmetry (a dance – opera film in scientific research centre Cern) and many more.
This January, her most recent project; Shores, an artistic short film, has won the award for best music video in the Pinewood Studio’s in London from ten Lift Off Film Festivals all over the globe. Shores has also won the award for best cinematography at the international underground music video festival in Paris this February. Beside Shores she has directed a few short films and commercials as for example for the Van Gogh Museum. Her work has also been screened at BAFTA recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Film By The Sea and Pleinbios in Rotterdam.