Hit The Floor Magazine is a national event. With a readership and writers from all over the country, HTF are proud to represent the whole of the UK in music, film, and fashion. That being said, we don’t forget our humble beginnings and still have our HQ in Devon. Don’t be fooled by the rocks that we got, we are still Jenny from the southwest block. That’s why we think everyone needs to know about a little independent feature film made right on our doorstep, and script edited by and staring none other than HTF’s very own Adam White. ‘Miracle Grow‘.
While the acting talent of Adam in his role as an extra is not to be sniffed at, the main applause needs go to show stealer Natalie Martins. Playing the lead of Sofia in this crazy drugfest, this young actress won herself and the film the Best Actress Award at the London Independent Film Festival in April. Rivaled against films from all over the world and against casts of great talent, Martins won the award acting in her first feature debut. On winning, the gracious star couldn’t thank everyone enough. “So many amazing, kind, supporting messages from amazing, kind and supporting friends and family tonight! My phone has never gone so crazy! So proud of Miracle Grow”
‘Miracle Grow’ is a story of the crazy party lifestyle of a group of methadrone users. The now illegal drug in question being describe as “a fiendish drug, mostly used by the ‘skins’ generation of twattish UK youth.” on the popular and reliable internet source, Urban Dictionary. This statement sums up the story of ‘Miracle Grow’ quite accurately, if not rather unkindly. We follow young Sofia as she tries to cope with life, love, and everything else while simultaneously failing to realise her dreams of becoming a writer. In an arc of depression Sofia tries to escape by using methadrone, or miracle grow, but ends up become a person she never wanted to be. The film has a vibrant insanity to it with a heavy and obvious emphasis on production design. Whacky and quite literally colourful characters inhabit what is a sporadic jaunt into an equally unhinged lifestyle.
The film, that was created by a group of Bournemouth University students, almost never got off the ground. After failing to reach its target budget on indie crowd funding site, Indiegogo, the future of the project looked ominous. Director Emma Kinni and cinematographer/writer Genevieve Ewing, who were heading the project, plowed on with a budget of zero pounds. Out of the kindness of family, friends, and strangers alike ‘Miracle Grow’ was grown and has done rather well, becoming an award winning feature.
A true display that if you love what you do, you will succeed. We urge that if you should ever stumble upon ‘Miracle Grow’, you should watch it. But with no distribution plans at the moment, the likelihood of that happening is somewhat slim. We wish all the best to Natalie Martins and fully expect to be writing about her again in the future.