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Pedro Miguel

Multimedia Artist, Filmmaker and Writer

How do you blend Portuguese nostalgia with queer expression? Pedro has just the answer for you

Growing up in a small island, Pedro nurtured his passion for drawing and photography from a very early age. He first started showing his work to the general public in 2009 with the creation of his still running photography blog: São, Salvo e Arrependido. Initially inclined towards portraits, he naturally gravitated towards nude photography in the beginning of his degree. His passion for the moving pictures sparked much later, and it soon became obvious that the subject-matter was worth exploring on video.

As a student, he also had some insight into the industry as an assistant director for independent films in 2012, and by 2013 he was a guest judge for the Temps d’Image Film Festival. As a film enthusiast, he became deeply connected to the melancholic cinematography of Andrei Tarkovsky and Béla Tarr. Other predominant influences were the theatrical style of Peter Greenway’s Prospero’s Books (1991) and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre (1989), as well as Ingmar Bergman’s inner journey with Wild Strawberries (1957)

His artistic endeavours at the time were largely dedicated to reviewing old family footage and integrating them into his then work in progress Irene. He explored portraits by juxtaposing and blending images of the past with present ones, thereby decontextualising them and creating a new meaning. The short film Irene was an effort to establish a triptych on the reflection of the course of time and gender expression. Its debut proved successful and gave him his first accolade, the Best Short Film Award at the Queer Lisbon Festival, in 2015.

Pedro is now based in London. He started writing for DMovies in 2016, and he and expects to broaden his awareness on films from all over the world and study new approaches to cinema as well as mapping out future ideas for new and thrilling artistic projects.

You can get in touch with Pedro via his e-mail

Other posts by Pedro Miguel
Just Charlie
The ill-fitted skin I live in: British transgender teen drama succeeds to highlight the plight of transitioning, and on a football minefield - on DVD and VoD [Read More...]

One man and his BRAY-ve companion: touching doc about an old Spaniard, his donkey and their insatiable wanderlust is a tribute to kindness and resilience - in cinemas Friday, October 26th [Read More...]

The Love Witch
Elaine casts a heady spell on every man meets, and viewers too are certain to become intoxicated with this modern-day witch fairy tale [Read More...]

The Last Family (Ostatnia Rodzina)
The artist before the apocalypse: Surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński's dysfunctional family life prior to the rise to fame provides some fascinating clues into the mysteries of a very creative mind - view it online for free as part of the ArteKino Festival [Read More...]

In Pursuit of Silence
Prick up your ears: the noises of modern life are killing your body and your soul, so instead deep dive into the healing powers of silence - meditative documentary by Patrick Shen is out on Friday [Read More...]

Dare to Be Wild
Power to the flower: biopic of Irish landscape designer Mary Reynolds provides a plush and superb portrait of nature, but does not analyse the broader impact of her work in detail [Read More...]

Front Cover
Beyond "no fems" and "no Asians": this tasteful Chinese-American romance breaks away with gay bigoted stereotypes and culture, revealing an awkward and yet candid relationship [Read More...]

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