I wrote produced and directed THE MYSTERIOUS MICHAEL A. My name is Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon.
Prior to making MICHAEL A I had directed just one feature film. It is called REMEMBER A DAY and it is loosely based on the latter days of the founder of the Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, with whom I grew up in Cambridge. Having directed that film I was really keen to prove that I could conceive of a film and write it myself. I wanted to show I could structure a film and write the dialogue. I felt that directing REMEMBER A DAY did not fully illustrate my capabilities and skills. So I tried for well over a year to come up with a suitable idea for a short film, but without success. I was looking for an idea, which was financially achievable for me. The film would thus have to be present day (no expensive costumes, props or sets). The film would have to be shootable in 2 or 3 days and involve only a very small cast. And as I said, it would also have to be achievable without expensive props, special effects, locations or costumes.
On the night of May 16th 2005 I had a dream. I woke in the morning and I knew I had it! I went straight to my PC and wrote down the dream in synopsis. Over the next couple of days I ran the idea by several people. I received very positive reactions and decided to go with it. I wrote the full screenplay on May 18th. Nothing was changed on that screenplay between the dream, the writing and the actual shooting.
To me this little film is truly a little miracle. Right from the start everyone - crew and cast - really liked the script. And I can’t thank that cast and crew enough for all their hard work and commitment.
The film was shot and cut within 2 months of my having my dream. The acting, the lighting, the camerawork, the sound, the make-up, the costumes the editing and the music are beautiful. I am truly delighted with the film and extremely proud of it.
To contact me you will find my email address and my phone numbers on our website: gordonfilms.tv
Please don’t look for rational explanations to this story. Michael is a mystery. Money comes in mysterious ways. Perhaps he is an angel.
I hope very, very much that you all enjoy the film. For me it is truly a dream come true!
This how I summarise the film: Michael takes a room for 28 days in a provincial Bed and Breakfast run by Margaret Robertson. She is delighted by her good fortune. Michael works on a book day and night, but leaves secretly and without paying, transforming Margaret’s life.