If I counted correctly, Russian-born, now England-based Anna Kumacheva and I have been friends for six years. I’m embarrassed to admit that it was only recently that I realized that award-winning educator/filmmaker Anna Kumacheva and award-winning screenwriter Enni Red were the same person. All three of us share a love for screenwriting, teaching, and Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s just that the three of us actually number only two. Furthermore, seeing as her facebook page actually lists BOTH her names, it appears that only one of the three are observant – and it clearly isn’t me.
If you aren’t yet familiar with Anna, you will be.
Enni Red, a Russian filmmaker, is currently producing her latest short film, Transgressing, for which she also wrote the screenplay. She is the recipient of an award of commendation from the Canada Shorts Film Festival and is currently a PhD student and tutor at LICA. Shortly before Transgressing, a modernisation of a chapter from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, was due to begin shooting, I (virtually) sat down with her to discuss the project.
A group of award-winning Lancashire film-makers are currently in post-production on an exciting new project. Transgressing, a short film written and produced by Lancaster PHD film student Enni Red, is a partial modern-day adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s famous novel Crime and Punishment. Following the character SonIa, Transgressing looks at UK students who choose to work in the sex industry in order to fund their education, shedding light on the five percent of British students involved in sex work to pay for university.
Lancaster film student Anna Kumacheva, pen name Enni Red, is currently producing her film “Transgressing” as part of her PhD. With more than 15 years experience in the film industry, Enni has worked in both her native country Russia and in the UK. The short film “Transgressing” revolves around the themes of poverty, education and family. The Tab Lancaster spoke to Enni about her film and how Lancaster students can get involved in the production.
In 2020, Hannah Saxby could be seen in the new adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers as head girl Pamela Worthington and, after its original release on BBC iPlayer, the show went to CBBC and has since been showing overseas. Hannah most recently played Jenny Dawes in an episode of Holby City, which aired in March this year, and has previously worked on screen projects Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators, Creeped Out, Doctors and award-winning short film The Sound. It has been announced that Hannah will be playing Sonia in upcoming short film Transgressing, which is due to be released at film festivals later this year and next.