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STRAIGHT 8’S NATURAL SELECTION.
12 May 2021

Caviar's Quba Tuakli has won gold at the 2021 straight 8 Shootout with his two-and-half-minute short film 'A Separation'.

Tuakli's story about a malevolent cactus edged out entries from Colin Read (Pulse Films) and Cameron March (The Producers) in this year's contest, which was livestreamed on Thursday 29th April.

Like every straight 8 effort, 'A Separation' was shot entirely in-camera on just one cartridge of Super 8mm film. Tuakli also embraced the competition's ban on editing and post-production, with all the creative kinks that entails.


"A straight 8 film has a few certainties," Tuakli says. "At times it's going to be out of focus, out of sync, underexposed, and, frankly, some of the takes are going to be a bit shit." Pleasingly, the director cites Night of the Living Dead ("It's matured into a comedy!") and spoof-horror classic Garth Marenghi's Darkplace as influences.


We are so proud of Quba, who is one of Caviar's exciting rising stars in London.

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"The biggest challenge was exercising economic storytelling. Once that was nailed in the storyboard and animatic, it was down to our DOP John Fisher to sweat over every frame he exposed on the day. Shout out to the team—you guys killed it and forgave me on day one when I forgot the film at home."

From left to right: Cameron March, Quba Tuakli, and Colin Read.  

Georige MacEchern, Caviar’s Head of Sales & PR, is equally chuffed: "It's always a great pleasure to be a part of and support straight 8. Every time, I'm amazed by the creativity and levels of films entered.

"We are so proud of Quba who is one of Caviar's exciting rising stars in London, as well as the whole team involved on their well-deserved gold win this time. Thanks as always to Ed Sayers, Alex Glynn, and the sponsors who make straight 8 possible—we will be back again for sure.”

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