My latest collaboration with local filmmaker Stanley Mackrell is a short film called “Love Thy Neighbour”. We’ll be shooting over the weekend and I’m really excited to now share some details about the project.
“Love Thy Neighbour” is a thriller set in the flat of a couple (Kelly and Rob). After an altercation upstairs, Michelle bursts into their lives shaking in terror. Dealing with an unprecedented situation Kelly and Rob’s must act fast before the situation escalates. The film will be shot in real time as a continuous take. The film will be a co-production between Midnight Show Productions and Ferny Films.
I’m also pleased to announce the cast:
Melissa really impressed us in her auditions bringing out a side to Kelly which wasn’t written down on the page. Being a teacher, Kelly is someone who likes to take charge and is used to being the calming influence in stressful situations. Perhaps the biggest mystery is why she still puts up with Rob (it must be her mothering nature). For more information about Melissa visit here or follow her on Twitter.
Louis brings an element of charm and warmth to the seemingly ineffectual Rob. Rob’s is like a contented house-cat. Whilst he isn’t entirely lazy, he is perfectly happy coasting through life and isn’t anywhere near the ‘go-getter’ his partner is. Under pressure, Rob tends to crumble – so thank goodness he is partnered with Kelly. For more information about Louis visit here or follow him on Twitter.
Playing Michelle is Natalie Martins who some of you might recognise as “Emmi” (it’s great to be collaborating once again). After an apparent one night stand gone wrong Michelle finds herself at the door of Kelly and Rob pleading for help. Whatever happened upstairs has made her scared and unpredictable. For more information about Natalie visit her spotlight page here, her personal website here or follow her on Twitter.
Playing Harv, the intimidating tenant in the upstairs flat is local Oxford actor Daniel Epih.
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Must be honest and say that the year has got off to a bit of a shaky start.
Firstly the on financial side our boiler (original boiler when the house was built) broke and had to be completely replaced at some expense. Lucky we still had hot water from the immersion heater, but I’m dreading the electricity bill when it arrives! Adding to the boiler expenses are the choices we have just made regarding secondary school education for our daughters. Both daughters are on the autistic spectrum and therefore the choice has not been entirely straight-forward or easy. We think we have figured out what the right fit will be for them (in terms of environment and practicalities), fingers crossed we made the right decision!
Speaking of fingers, I’m not just financially broke. Last weekend I slipped getting out of bed and hit the edge of the bed frame. I’m not quite sure what happened (been telling people it was a freak accident in the bedroom which sounds much more exciting than the reality). After falling, I ran my hand under a cold tap (shouting plenty of obscenities) before realising that fingers were pointing in the wrong direction.
Annoyingly it is my right hand – which makes every day tasks I took for granted much harder (writing, typing, putting hands in pockets, getting dressed/showered etc – I also now have a thing against hand-dryers!). At the moment I’m strapped up and it’s 50/50 as to whether I need surgery or not (really hoping not). I’ll find out about this tomorrow. Extremely sore and very frustrating!
Unfortunately this is all happening at the point I was hoping to get my follow-up project to Emmi off the ground. Ah well! The good news is I still have another project which can hopefully distract me over the next month or so until fingers heal and finances have a chance to recover. The project is called ‘Love Thy Neighbour’. It will be a collaboration with local filmmaker Stan Mackrell. Hope to post more about this and the other project very soon!