Phie Ambo Director
Phie Ambo (born 06.12.1973), educated at the National Film School of Denmark. Phie Ambo has directed a number of award-winning films such as Family (2001), Gambler (2005), Mechanical Love (2007) and The Homefront (2010). Her films have been screened in cinemas as well as over 90 festivals and on television throughout the world. Her intimate method of filming - one woman, one camera, no lighting allows her to blend in with her surroundings, thus getting very close to her subjects without disturbing the natural pace of the situation. As a result of this method, one of Ambo's trademarks is intimate and universally human stories that get very close to their characters and allow them space to unfold.
Sigrid Dyekjær Producer
Sigrid Dyekjær (born 28.09 1969), studied dramaturgy at Aarhus University in Denmark and was part owner of Tju-Bang Film from 2000. She is now part owner of the production company Danish Documentary Productions in 2009 and has produced to date more than 20 documentary films, including "The Good Life" (2010), "Love Addict" (2011) and "Free the Mind" (2011). She is being part of selection committees at different forums around the world, like Amsterdam Film Festival.
Making The Film
"The main challenge in making The Home Front was to get participants for the film. Not only was I an intruder in a very stressful and personal time in peoples lives - I was also insisting on having both sides of the fence in every case. If I didn´t get both neighbors to participate I felt that the film would be more about gossip than about dissecting a conflict. It took me two summers of recording to get the cases that I needed for the film. From the beginning I wanted to make a light and humorous film because I think that it's important to keep things in perspective - nobody will suffer serious injuries from having a problem with a fence or a hedge. It was important to me that the participants understood that the film was not about pointing out a winner or a looser in a fight. I always screen my films to the participants before I finish the editing at I was really surprised that all the participants were happy with the film and were able to smile at their own situation now that a year had passed by." - Phie Ambo, Director