Happy town is a short film that I wrote several years ago based on the strange people from the town I grew up in. Shot on location in the town centre, seafront, arcades and Sunday Market of Felixstowe and in the Tapping The Admiral pub in Kentish Town, it was finally filmed over two weekends in May 2012, and edited at home in June.
The film tells the story of Maggie, who is broken following the death of her husband and lives in a strange walking dream, and watches as she finds some kind of redemption through a couple of bizarre and unwanted friendships.
The soundtrack was written and recorded by fellow ex-Felixstowe resident Bryan Shore (The Prisoner of Mars) who wrote the entire score based on the original screenplay, featuring a cacophony of strange sounding seaside-inspired noises - a copy of the full soundtrack is available to download free at theprisonerofmars.com.
The film stars Leila Hernandez, Gary Hartley and Alex Trotter, who very kindly paraded themselves around the Felixstowe Sunday market in a haze of cough syrup before running into the sea. There's also a delightful cameo from Paul Mosley as Bob-e-oke, Dan Sharkey as the bartender and Stevie Passmore as Jed.
Make up was by the very talented Elin Dannecker.