Grow Up is the debut short from Ivan Madeira (me... sorry to talk in the third person) . This comedy/drama follows Charlie (Cary Crankson) and his life and slight mis-adventures.
Going through 20 years of key moments from his life, we see how easy it is to fall into the trap of being stuck in rut and place in life, where you may have not aspired to be when your were younger and more naive.
Grow Up debuted at the London Independent Film Festival in 2011. Soon after it was shown at Cannes in the Short Film Corner and the Ozu Film Festival. Afterwards Ivan worked with CALM (thecalmzone.net/) and decided some of the themes were appropriate so CALM officially supported the film at the 2012 edition of the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF). As part of this, the film was then screened by the Community Channel in association with BUFF.
Going back to first person. It was a surprise that this film gained such a positive response by the film festivals and associated organisations. It was an experienced that taught me a lot about film making and story telling. As time moved on, I've learned to look back at this experience when I sometimes forget that. Experience grows and your crew and budget increases appropriately. But there's nothing better than an "honest" script to drive a project. This film will always be special to me. Yes, I cringe at some scenes, or wish I could reshoot it with the knowledge I have now. But the acting from our lead protagonist, played by the wonderfully talented Cary Crankson, and the themes raised in the story still raise a simultaneous smile and painful tear. Having moved over to the 30something crowd, it's also great to watch this to just give myself a little check. To make sure I haven't gone too far away from my original optimism and ideologies, in the sake of just growing up. I just ask a simple check, "Have I matured, or have I just fallen into it." Neither one is the wrong right or wrong answer; but it's good to sometimes just remember why you're doing the things you do in life; otherwise art could be imitating life a bit too closely.