Tomisin Adepeju Talks … DAILIES

Filmmaker Tomisin Adepeju is the curator of Dailies a monthly film screening event.

Adepeju’s most recent event is titled DAILIES presents: Interrogating Generational Difference And Coming Of Age Tales on screen, a selection of award winning shorts that anchor emotional and compelling character driven narratives. He will then have a conversation with filmmakers Dionne Edwards, Lewis Arnold, Myriam Raja and Dan Thorburn.

We spoke to Adepeju about the event and how and why he decided to put the film screenings together …

Please introduce yourself …

My name is Tomisin Adepeju, and I am a Nigerian-British Filmmaker and curator currently based in London.

Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …

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Please tell us what DAILIES is?

DAILIES is a film screening and discussion series. I curate and host the events which are anchored around specific themes and subjects audiences can relate to. There are also in-depth and illuminating discussions with the filmmakers where we really dissect the craft and the ideas imbued in the work. Ultimately, I want to create an environment where audiences can connect and interact with each other and immerse themselves in the exciting works of talented filmmakers, both contemporary and classic.

Why now at this point of your career did you decide to bring DAILIES to life?

December 2018, I had just completed a new short and wanted to share it in an intimate screening. I watch films quite religiously; I am honestly so inspired by the breadth and depth of incredible work being made. So, when I wanted to screen my short, I realised that I had seen other shorts that explored the themes and issues encapsulated in my own work. I reached out to the filmmakers, asked if I could include their shorts in a programme and they kindly agreed. The evening was truly unforgettable and was such an incredible experience. Over a two year period, I curated and hosted these small, intimate screenings and the reception was so overwhelming. However, it wasn’t until May last year that I decided to properly set up DAILIES and make it a more consistent event.

From your career as a filmmaker how have your personal experiences fed into what makes DAILIES so important?

DAILIES was born out of a desire to exhibit my own work. I know how difficult it is to get work made and seen. I also understand the immense power and joy of seeing one’s work on a big screen with an audience. I have also been deeply inspired by platforms like Bounce Cinema, We Are Parable, and Your Cinema that have not only screened my work but have created a community where we can watch films together. DAILIES encapsulates all these experiences. I feel that every time I curate a collection of shorts or a feature, I am curating a shared, collective experience. The films are incredibly important, but I am also really interested in creating a community where you can meet and interact with like-minded creatives, artists, and film lovers. The medium of the cinema is so powerful and has a way of connecting us all, regardless of race and background.

Tomisin Adepeju – DAILIES

How do you decide on the themes, subject matter and films you screen?

I try and watch at least one feature a day and about 8/9 shorts a week. The key word is “try” but I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such a rich community of talented storytellers. I also religiously watch shorts on Directors Notes, Short of the Week, Omeleto and other platforms. I am also sent recommendations by friends, colleagues and sometimes receive submissions from several filmmakers on Instagram or via email. As a result, there are works that I know will go together because of the tonal, thematic sensibilities evident in the story, form, and language. Sometimes, I discover a short that profoundly affects me and I try and find other work that explores similar themes and ideas.

How does DAILIES fit around your day job, and how does it enhance you creatively as a filmmaker?

DAILIES fits seamlessly into my life and work. I find that it informs every aspect of my life – it has shaped my critical writing (I have written for MUBI Notebook & other platforms) and the way I formulate and develop ideas for my own films. I am challenged, stirred, and deeply inspired by the films I curate, it really allows me to think about the stories I want to tell and why I want to tell them.

Tell us about your team …

I work with a very small team of incredibly talented colleagues who have been so invaluable to the seamless running of the events – I have two brilliant stills photographers (Eddie Iyamah and Connor Diffley) and two other colleagues (Peter Famosa, Rehan Mudannayake – two talented filmmakers) who help out during the screenings.

When curating your film events what are some of the highs, lows, solutions?

One of the main highs is watching the curated shorts screen together as part of a collection. The goal with each curation is to ensure the shorts feel like one seamless piece of work that interrogates the central theme, topic, or subject matter. In regards to the lows, DAILIES is anchored around the conversations with the filmmakers so one of the challenges I have found is trying to make sure that I am able to align the busy schedules of the directors, so they are physically present for the discussion. A lot of the filmmakers are naturally either prepping, shooting or in post-production so I always ensure I curate several shorts in case one of the filmmakers is unable to attend.

What’s your current plan B?

With filmmaking, there is only Plan A and no Plan B as it’s what I have always wanted to do. For DAILIES however, I have found I have to be quite flexible, so I always have a lot of themes, ideas and subjects I want to explore in a programme.

L-R: Tomisin Adepeju, Kibwe Tavares, Femi Oladigbolu & Haolu Wang – DAILIES Event

What’s made you sad, mad and glad this week?

Sad, I am currently away on holiday, and I wish I had bought more film so I can take a lot more pictures. I have been unable to buy any film out here. Mad, sunshine was promised for this holiday but it’s been raining. Glad, even though the weather hasn’t been perfect, I am definitely very happy that I am away on holiday.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU …

What are you watching right now?

I have been looking for a new series to binge, I think I might start Succession as a lot of friends have recommended it. I also want to continue my Alfred Hitchcock season; I have been watching a lot of the work he made in England in the 1930s.

What are you reading right now?

I recently finished Teju Cole’s Open City and currently looking for a new book to read.

What are you listening to right now?

I Recently discovered Marva Whitney’s incredible work and I have been really enjoying it.

The last thing you saw on stage?

Red Pitch by Tyrell Williams at the Bush Theatre. The piece absolutely blew me away. Daniel Bailey’s direction was incredible.

What’s on your bucket list?

Travelling. There are so many countries I want to see. I also have this peculiar affinity with the desert, would love to spend a few days camping under the stars.

Celebrate someone else?

Two filmmakers who really inspire me, Koby Adom and Adjani Salmon.

Celebrate yourself …

I am on post-production on a new film I am very excited to share.

Whose footsteps are you following in?

I am so blessed to be surrounded by incredibly talented friends and colleagues like Dionne Edwards, Charlotte Regan, Mitch Kalisa, Savannah Leaf, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Shola Amoo and so many others.

What’s next for you?

I am currently finishing this new short and prepping my debut feature and several TV projects.

How do we keep up to date with you and your work?

I am on Instagram – @tomisinadepeju – Twitter – @TAdepeju and my website is: tomisinadepeju.com.


The next DAILIES film night is at Art House, Crouch End on 30th May 2023. Find out more here.

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