Winner of best film at the inaugural (and it would seem only!) Relate Film Festival in Oxfordshire, UK and the sole Irish representative at the Fetish Film Festival in Kiel, Germany, ROFLMAO has played numerous other festivals and was screened on Irish TV in April 2013.
The film was shot in London over an October weekend, which fortunately coincided with an unseasonal heatwave in the UK. We applied the 'Only Fools & Horses' rules of cinematography. These Dogme-like restrictions mean that all exteriors are shot on film (16mm Aaton A-Minima) and interiors are shot on tape (or in this case digital with a Canon 7D). Why did we choose this method? Well 16mm is bloody expensive to process these days. There was also some vague idea about the film exteriors portraying a grittier more urban world and the digital interiors representing the safe, fantasy environment Samia's character had conjured about herself but cost was undoubtedly a factor as it is in any short film.
ROFLMAO is the story of an internet hook up. A woman and a man meet for the first time. However, it is apparent they have spoken at length before on the phone and via email. These two familiar strangers have met over some unmentioned but obviously adult orientated website. Each of them is a little suspicious of the other character's motives and they attempt to put each other at ease. The film examines how an immediate intimacy is now more accessible than ever via the internet.
16mm rushes and some stills attached too.
Samia Rida, Joseph Beattie, Ted Dogliani & Lucy-Anne Holmes