Screened at BAFTA on 21st May 2009.
prior to a World Festival Tour.
Best Drama award the New York International Film Festival 2010
It is wealthy Morrison’s 69th Birthday and a party has been arranged; but will the event run as smoothly as everyone expects?
The latest film by Frame on Frame was made in the style of Mike Leigh and Alexander Sokurov.
It is an exceptional piece of experimental film-making and was shot from beginning to end in less than 100 minutes, using 6 cameras strategically placed in a large private garden in Hammersmith. The lead actors in the triangle of relationships are Morrison Thomas, Claire Barker and Philip Hughes. Twenty-four actors took part and although they worked to a plot, all the dialogue was improvised during the shoot with no rehearsals beforehand. Only Morrison was made aware of the final scene before the shoot.
The Film was directed by Trevor Hughes and he shows a great deal of tenacity in attempting such a difficult task in shooting a feature-type film in less than 2 hours.
The original idea was to shoot a full length feature rather than this 30 minute length film and, when considering that the only break in filming was for 10 minutes to change the film, it shows the true determination of Trevor to try this new approach.
The previous film by Frame on Frame, ‘Babbage’, which also featured a number of the actors in Morrison’s Birthday Party, is now short-listed for a major award in the Hollywood USA.