Review - Rupert Lloyd talk, Diss High School

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In a few days, Rupert Lloyd will find out whether Theeb, the film he produced and edited, will win at the BAFTAs.

Two weeks after that, he is off to the Oscars. It was therefore particularly thrilling that he found time to discuss the making of the film, following a screening at the Corn Hall’s temporary home in Diss High School.

Set in Jordan at the turn of the century, Theeb is a compact, tightly plotted adventure, centred on a young Bedouin boy.

Lloyd spoke engagingly on the challenges of filming in the Jordanian desert and working with an entirely non-professional cast.

Though peppered with anecdotes about filming in a well, Oscar campaigns and his aging lead actor, the abiding theme of the evening was not so much the prospect of awards, as his sheer unalloyed thrill at making a film.

Lloyd was clear how much the film owed to the Bedouin community, and how vital their cooperation was in triumphing over a micro budget. Lloyd is such a personable fellow it is easy to see how that trust was gained.

DAVID VASS