always remember this: a sausage is something to eat
not something to be.
- werner (the hour of living)
THE HOUR OF LIVING
Feature, UK/Switzerland, 112' HD, 2012
Theo is on a quest.
Having found, among his mother's belongings, a reel of super-8 film which shows his dad happy at a party and flirting with whoever was behind the camera, he is intrigued as to who this might be, as it's clearly not his mum. He's never really known his dad, as he lost him when he was only ten. Now approaching twenty, his search takes him to a remote mountain valley where a man called George has been living as a recluse for the last ten years...
THE STUDY OF BUNKERS & MOUNDS IN A TEMPERATE CLIMATE (RELATIVELY SPEAKING)
Short, UK, 15'45" HDV, 2006
Escaping from a big 'domestic' with his wife, Chris winds up somewhere in the Highlands where he finds himself confronted by some perplexing architecture and the even more puzzling appearance of Spencer: is he just a young local with a love of water and a sense for the absurd or, as he claims, an alien studying man-made and natural features in the area?
Chris is further taken aback when Spencer suggests that where he comes from they've been developing ways of connecting with each other more intense than anything he knows, and far more enjoyable too. And certainly more relevant than sex.
As Chris's unease grows, so does his curiosity...
TWENTY-SIX TAKES ON LIFE WITHOUT ALLEN
Short, UK, 29'40" DVcam, 2004
When Allen crashes his motorbike and is hospitalised in a coma, fiancée Cathy and best mate Danny start using Danny's handycam as a diary, confessional and tool to deal with their loss, in the process building on a complex relationship that reveals surprises and leads to unexpected territory.
TOMMY TEMPLE'S IRRATIONAL FEAR OF FLYING
Coming of Age Comedy Drama. Approx 100 mins
TOMMY TEMPLE is effectively slated to become my third feature film with optimist creations. (though planning this far ahead is not usually a thing of many certainties...)
set mainly in the flight path of the world's busiest airport, it charts the growing pains of the eponymous anti-hero who combines on himself the complex qualities of being an ardent plane-spotter and also a card-carrying pteromerhanophobe...
Banner image: production still from The Hour of Living, 2012.