I am excited AND aroused to announce that I am in THE final and winning round for Creative England’s iShorts2 competition, a prestigious scheme where 20 developing filmmakers receive a small grant from the Creative England to make a short film as well as receive professional mentoring, assistance and advice.
The short film “Stages”, which I wrote and will direct, is being made with the assistance of Emma Hanson, an amazing and talented producer, who has organisational skills and wicked smarts, a deadly combination.
Stages is about itchy fanny’s, fine wine and stand up comedy.
The film sees Richard, a smarmy yet lovable fellow, arrange a fancy dinner in a fancy restaurant in a bid to impress his boss, his bosses wife, and gain a promotion. He tries to prove to the couple that he is one heck of a classy guy, who has a penchant for fine wines, tiny artisan dishes of food, and the respect and love of his wonderful girlfriend Gwen. Who this film is really about.
Gwen is an outspoken comedian who has been dragged along to this dinner to serve as perfunctory window dressing on the exact same day she has been diagnosed with a unfortunate fungal infection in her intimate area. Her fanny. All she wants to do is sit around with her legs in the air watching Netflix’s and eating cheesy cheesy pizza. BUT NO. She has to put on a show with Richard.
Regardless, she does as any good girlfriend should, gets dressed up and puts on an act of propriety.
BUT which is stronger for Gwen; the desire to see her slightly arrogant boyfriend succeed, or the need to find relief for her increasingly itchy infection? A dilemma we have all faced.
We switch between the increasingly disastrous meal at the restaurant and Gwen at a stand up gig a few nights later, where she provides scathingly witty commentary on the entire evening and wonders if, at the end of the day, should her and her boyfriend even be together at all?
(It’s basically the thing where you think you are the bad one in the relationship, and your partner is like, made of sunshine and pure gold and it’s super annoying. It is also the journey of a lady, a lady with an itchy fanny, who must not itch it! AND IT NEEDS TO BE TOLD. Also there is a lot of heartfelt stuff in there about relationships and acceptance and a bit with a dog.)
We are also crowdfunding the project, because I need to buy one of those chairs which says director on it, and we have some totes amazeballs rewards – check out the page!
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Also we have a super amazingly talented awesome lead, whose identity will soon be unveiled…