Independent film Transference: A Bipolar Love Story released on YouTube in May 2021, has reached over 13 million views and continues to achieve over 30k views a day.
Indie film Transference, written, directed and produced by Raffaello Degruttola and his production company Contro Vento Films has experienced unprecedented audience numbers after going viral on YouTube.
“Independent film Transference: A Bipolar Love Story released on YouTube has reached over 13 million views and continues to achieve over 30k a day”
Starring Lotte Verbeek (Outlander, The Borgias), Christina Chong (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Black Mirror) and Degruttola in the lead role of Nik, the film follows a Norwegian nurse Katarina – played by newcomer Emilie Sofie Johannesen, starting a new job in palliative care in a London hospital. When she meets older male nurse Nik, Katrina initiates a passionate love affair that ultimately suffers the consequences of concealed mental health issues.
The “guerilla style” micro budget film was shot with a skeleton crew around the streets of London with Degruttola often filming in his local neighbourhood of Finchley and in homes of friends and family.
“The greatest currency for a creative is having people experience and appreciate their vision and work on a mass scale”, said filmmaker, Degruttola. “Selecting YouTube as the viewing platform for Transference has provided so much gratification because my film has been found and shared by so many – and huge budgets weren’t needed to get here”.
Lotte Verbeek adds: “Money was never a motivation when it comes to small projects like this. It’s all about the inspiration and the heart of the film. It’s inspiring to be on the creative level of storytelling”.