Written, directed, and edited by Chris Fallon. Royal College of Art 1985. 'One For My Baby' won joint 1st prize at the Munich International Student Film Festival, and was nominated for the 1985 Short Film BAFTA Film Award.
The film was made very quickly -- written in one night, after a few beers in Brick Lane, we shot it a few days later on five rolls of film. The total budget, including film stock and processing was £750.
I needed someone who could sing and incredibly managed to get Hugh Cornwell, from The Stranglers -- Hugh hadn't acted before, but held his own I think with veteran Charles West and my two just about all-time-favourite actors: cousin Richard Fallon, and Steve O'Donnell.
The crew, all 1st or 2nd year students at the film school, have all gone on to do brilliant work: Matt Lipsey was gaffer and grip, and also composed and played the haunting saxophone music; Bryn Higgins: assistant director; Philip Shotton: camera operator; Mark Plummer: Lighting cameraman. Simon Shore: Sound; Mark James: Art Direction. Check out those names!
There's a HORRIBLE edit at 09:32, that even now brings tears to my eyes. But when I got into the cutting room I couldn't see any way round it; I didn't have the footage and a re-shoot was out of the question.
On a happier note; we needed snow for the final scene, and London had been clear of it for weeks. I bought two bags of fake snow, but it wouldn't have been enough to cover more than a square yard. Then on the last day of the shoot -- when we had 40 ft of film left -- it snowed. The final shot of the clicking fingers was literally the last shot of the shoot -- we ran out of film a second later.