February 22, 2016 avander

An Interview with Anthony Vander, Director of The Tutor

The film deals with themes of education and adversity. As well as being an filmmaker, actor and producer I have also worked in teaching for over three years now. Working with children and teaching them inspired me. The effort and dedication of not only parents but also children was something that I wanted to highlight. I wanted to tell a story that was personal to me. 

Your upcoming movie The Tutor – in a few words, what is it about?

It is a story about love, loss and letting go (I’m just saying the logline, haha). It’s a character-driven feature film about adversity.

 

With The Tutor taking place in the world of ballet – is that something you’re particularly fond of in your private life?

There are many physical forms of self expression that interest me. The world of street dance I explored in my second play Studio 66. Modern dance and physical theatre fascinate me but ballet was the first form of physical expression that came to mind immediately. I have seen a couple of ballet shows and had a couple of lessons during my actor training but that’s as far as it goes. I guess ballet on screen gained my attention more than anything else. From Red Shoes to Black Swan I feel that cinema reinvigorated my admiration.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration for writing The Tutor?

The film deals with themes of education and adversity. As well as being an filmmaker, actor and producer I have also worked in teaching for over three years now. Working with children and teaching them inspired me. The effort and dedication of not only parents but also children was something that I wanted to highlight. I wanted to tell a story that was personal to me. They always say “write what you know best.” These themes that are present within the film are themes that not only inspire me but also need to be talked and acted upon. The theme of adversity is something that is universal and provides inspiration. All of us on some form or level have had to face adversity so it inspired me hugely.

 

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