6th of September 2012
DISCUSSION over dinner led to a group of friends deciding to make their own film.
Despite the fact that none of them had ever been involved in the making of a film before they set about producing "A Year and a Day" which premiered recently at Glasgow Film Theatre.
Shot entirely with one standard definition camera, the hour-long feature is an example of what you can do if you have enough enthusiasm and determination to see a project through regardless of industry experience. Admittedly the film has its flaws, there is enivatbly some not quite perfect camera work, lighting and sound but for a first time effort it puts many big budget productions to shame. The bottom line is this is an enjoyable story that makes you laugh out loud and might even make you cry.
The story is of an everyday working class Glasgow family, The Flills. Oldest son Mikey, played by David Woods, is the rock of the family, a father, husband, brother and son who seems to be there for everyone...that is until he disappears and the fabric bonding the family together starts to deteriorate.
Wife Sandra (Dianne Keenan) hits the drink, sister Jane (Fiona McLaren) turns to drugs, brother Peter (Derek Holland) hits the bookies and daughter Georgia (Rebecca Hendry) becomes a problem child leaving her grandmother Betty (Irene Cochrane) in floods of tears. No one who was cast in the film had any previous acting experience.
The film starts with Mikey kneeling at his father's graveside telling him that he has left the family and realising he had made a big mistake. The storyline, punctuated by Glaswegian wit and humour, then takes the viewer back to the events a year before when Mikey disappeared while the rest of his family and friends were celebrating his birthday at a party in the local pub.
So where did it all go wrong, why did Mikey leave?
Written and directed by Jacques Cousineau, the film by was completely self-funded by Sorepaw Productions the company he and his friends set up to produce it. Sorepaw have since purchased three HD cameras and are currently in the process of producing their second feature, a film called "Four"; a collection of ghost stories.
Filmed almost entirely in north Glasgow housing schemes "A Year and a Day" was a self financed project that won't be released in cinemas but it can be purchased on DVD for £5 from www.sorepawproductions.co.uk