We’ve made a hugely ambitious film for £4,000. It’s more like two films in one - the first a relationship comedy and the second a political film in the vein of Costa-Gavras’ Missing. It’s firmly tongue in cheek but our intention was to explore the personal and the political, and how in a time of individualism we can’t escape the political impact on our lives. The two parts mirror each other structurally - amongst other things, both feature an odyssey to get to the pub but in drastically different circumstances.
Everyone involved with the film is proud of our huge effort in overcoming the time and money limitations. We managed to assemble an incredible cast, with the likes of Josie Long, Sean Biggerstaff, James Allenby-Kirk, Christopher Forbes, Janey Godley and Simon Weir pitching in. The story is incredibly ambitious but we wanted to try to say something exciting. When we finished shooting the first half, the very next day was Brexit. We finished the second half on the day Trump was elected. We were onto something!
It’s our first film and we’ve approached it very much in the Joe Swanberg 'learn by doing’ school of thought. In tribute, our company is named Caledonian Mumblecore.
Director, Producer, Editor