Where art thou Vincents? Guinness World Record attempt

Writer Thomas Baskerville and director Ashleigh Nicolau arelooking for people named Vincent.       d444617
Where art thou Vincents? Guinness World Record attempt
Writer Thomas Baskerville and director Ashleigh Nicolau arelooking for people named Vincent.       d444617

THREE filmmakers hope at least 1101 people named Vincent will unite in the City of Vincent to break a Guinness World Record on November 29.

Ashleigh Nicolau, Thomas Baskerville and Jasmine Leivers are filming a documentary on their record attempt for the largest first-name gathering.

The standing record was set in Dubai in 2005 when 1096 Mohammeds gathered at Creek Park.

The trio won one of three $5000 grants from the City and Film and Television Institute in August.

As part of Vincent’s 2015 film project, the filmmakers will screen their documentaries in January next year.

Viva La Vincent director Nicolau said she and writer Baskerville knew each other through film projects they had worked on five years ago.

“Tom and I came up with the concept together and we realised we didn’t know anyone called Vincent who lived in the City of Vincent,” Nicolau said. “Hopefully we get a buzz on social media.

“We’ve been looking for Vincents on our Facebook page, through friends and family, radio, media – I’m even looking for Vincents on Tinder.”

Nicolau said it would be “ultimate” to break the world record.

“Even if we don’t, it’s been fun and there’ll still be a documentary,” she said.

“People are really excited because it’s fun and ridiculous.”

Nicolau said the seven-minute documentary would follow through from the conception idea to the effort of finding participants and the event.

Producer Leivers said the trio organised a band called the Vincent Gallows to play on the day.

“They actually split up but they’re getting back together for the documentary,” Leivers said.

“It’s a great community event and we’ve even got a Vincent coming over from Melbourne for it.”

Baskerville said the doco would imitate the pastel colours and diorama-like appearance of Wes Anderson films to capture “a moment in time”.

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