Oscar Sharp, Director & Story
There are certain things you can more easily talk about in independent cinema than you can with mainstream cinema. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman did a wonderful lecture at BAFTA a while ago and he said: “the trouble with some cinema is that it’s only goal is to sell you something”. And the wonderful thing with independent film is that isn’t necessarily your aim. Your aim can be entirely different: to show somebody an aspect of their own lives that maybe they hadn’t realised other people were recognising.
To tell you what I hope people understand better after seeing The Kármán Line is a bit of a give away to the story… The film is dedicated to my mum. She has CLL - chronic lymphocytic leukaemia - and really the story emerged when I first learned that. I didn’t know that at the time: I just thought I had this crazy image of a woman floating in my head and I had no idea that it had anything to do with that. But after several years, working with my wonderful producers and writer Dawn King, we finally figured out what it was all about. It’s lovely to be nominated for awards, but the response to the film that has been most important to me is when people come up to you the end of the film and they give you this hug, and the hug says: “thank you for seeing what it is like for me, and then talking about it, eloquently and on a big screen where everyone can see it…thanks for not leaving me alone in the world”.