Abstract, shimmering sparkles, a glistening GREY sea. A small figure, visible briefly, arms WAVE. CRUSHING waves close in. Little arms FLAIL. Another CRASHING wave
Struggling psychiatric nurse Joe impusively absconds with Archie, his 80-year old long-term patient, on a daytrip to the seaside. Intending to re-engage Archie real life, the memories he stirs up are not happy ones as Archie relives the incident that pushed him towards a lifetime of mental health problems. The present and past colliding through conflicting and conflicted perspectives.
Whilst the underlying themes of the film include grief, lost childhood and the legacy of male-ness, the film is fundmentally about a positive, if unlikely, friendship.
Shooting on 16mm film, to suggest the more fuzzy, subjective nature of memory we will also experiment with the use of digital backprojection.
This is a film very close to my heart. As a single mother of two sons I feel pressure to be part father as well as mother which makes me question what the difference in those two roles is and the notion of 'passed down' masculinity. Producer Nathan Craig, was one of my students at the University of Gloucestershire where I am Course Leader of Film Production and who, after an initial conversation, determinedly pushed this project (and me) through development, to the stage it is at now, due a personal relationship with the theme.
My previous films including Window Shopping (1998), Hustle (2007) and Bread and Butter (2014) have screened at a range of International Film Festivals and I am currently in post production on the documentary How Lucky? about Lucky Ndlovu filmed in Finetown over the last 3 years. My practice goes hand in hand with my teaching and alongside Uni, I have taught filmmaking workshops to children in the a refugee camp in Tyre, Lebanon and Finetown Township, Johannesburg, South Africa, for David Morrissey's charity The Creative Arts Schools Trust.
On graduating, Nathan went on to win a British Independent Film Award for feature Strings (2012), is currently doing the MA in Producing at the National Film and Television School and has . Co-producing is Caroline Bartleet, who, after completing a BA in English Literature at Bristol University, trained as an actress at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. To date she has produced three short films, Last Wash (2011), Intruder (2014) and Operator (2015) featuring Kate Dickie and Vicky McClure. Caroline and Nathan met at the NFTS where she is also doing the MA Producing.
Shooting the project on 16mm filmstock is obviously much more expensive than on digital but feels integral to achieving the 'unreliable perspectives' in the film. Myself and the DP Alex Nevill are planning to experiment with both stocks and processing techniques but are also combining film and HD using back-projection techniques.
Join us... afterall, everyone loves a trip to the seaside!
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