Huntington Gardens is a short comedy that centres around three families, living on the same surburban street and their daily war over who gets the best parking spaces.
At the end of each work day, the Morris family, the Rogers and the Amins’ all drive back as quickly as they can to beat the others to the best spots on the street. Each family is from different economic, cultural and political backgrounds and their hidden prejudices bubble to the surface as the battle for parking spaces intensifies.
The Three families:
Mrs Morris: Recently moved out of London to the suburbs with her husband and daughter, leaving behind a good job and, to her, a good life. Her husband swiftly left her for another woman and now she is stuck in a place she doesn't want to be. She tried to stay our of the parking space war, initially seeing it all as trivial and very silly but, maybe due to a sense of boredom with her life, she slowly got sucked in. She voted to remain in the Brexit vote, predominantly directed by the articles she read in the Guardian.
Playing Mrs Morris will be the wonderful actress Kelly Adams (Bronson, Hustle, Bluestone 42)
Mr and Mrs Rogers: Mr and Mrs Rogers have lived on 'Huntington Gardens' all of their lives, have seen people come and go and have seen it change a lot over the years. They have a general interest and suspicion of most people on the street and especially anyone who doesn't share their point of view. They voted to leave in the Brexit vote due to reading an article on Facebook about EU regulations having a negative impact on the UK fishing industry and definitely not because of immigration…
Amazing comedian Paul Putner (Stewart Lee's cmedy vehicle, Little Britain) will be playing Mr Rogers and the very talented Kacey Ainsworth (Eastenders, Grantchester) will be playing Mrs Rogers.
Mr Amin: The Amin family moved into ‘Huntington Gardens’ five years a go and ever since they have been met with suspicion from the rest of the road. Their dislike of Mr Amin just reinforces his dislike of them and his stubbornness to get the best parking space, by whatever means. He’s not a person who likes small talk or general pleasantries, being quite direct and to the point. Mr Amin didn’t vote in Brexit, he didn’t get round to it as he was too busy with work; he thinks both sides are stupid and doesn’t pay much attention to the news, but would have leant towards voting leave due to all the polish builders he competes for clients with.
The fantastic Amerjit Deu (Doctors, Dumbo) will be playing the part of Mr Amin.
Where the idea came from:
The idea grew from our observations of both the lead up to and the aftermath of Brexit, the mixture of confusion, misplaced anger, frustration and mistrust of other people. We wanted to create a film which captured all of those ideas and placed them on an average British, residential street, a street which hoses a mix of ethnicities, political beliefs and economic backgrounds. The battle for power, superiority and parking spaces amongst three families acting as a metaphor for post-Brexit Britain.
We are very fortunate that our film is being made as part of Sky Arts Arts 50 scheme, a scheme where they are commissioning various artists from lots of different mediums to make pieces of work which they feel best represents post-Brexit Britain.
This is a great scheme which has already produced wonderful pieces of art from all disciplines. Alongside the support and part funding they have provided us, there is also the opportunity that our film could be shown on the Sky Arts TV channel early next year. This is a great opportunity for our short film to gain exposure and reach a wide audience. From there we will submit the film to festivals internationally.
The films of Shane Meadows are a big stylistic reference to our project. His films manage to mix perfectly social realism with fully realised characters, believable environments, locations and costumes alongside laugh out loud moments. The world he creates for his characters is extremely engaging and grounds them in a real sense of time and place. We really want to draw on his use of humour to engage an audience within the narrative and to tell a broader story. The humour within his films often comes from the simple inflections in someone’s voice, their physicality and the strange ways humans interact with each other and it is this everyday humour that we want to capture in our film.
With all of the debate and discussion around our country surrounding Brexit, we believe that now is the perfect time to tell this story. We want to encourage discussion on the subject, to highlight some of the damaging prejudices that have arisen and utilise comedy to represent the absurdity and mess that our current political, social and economic state is in. The film will also be released around the time of the final leave date.
Why we need your help:
With the support from Sky Arts, we have a really great opportunity to produce a funny and engaging short film which can reach a wide audience around the country. Brexit is an issue that relates to our whole country and everyone in it, the issues around it create debate and passionate discussion and we want our film to contribute and add to that. We want to reflect the current British current attitudes while also entertaining our audience, and with the backing of Sky Arts and the opportunity for our film to be screened on TV early next year, we are very confident that we can do that.
But, and there was always going to be a but, we need your help to do so. We have managed to secure just over half of the budget so far, but we need an extra £5,000 to cover camera and lighting hire, actors fees, to secure locations, cover production design and more. We are extremely passionate and excited about this project but without your help, we simply won't be able to make our film a reality.
Who we are:
Paul and Simon Wade – Writer/Directors:
Paul and Simon have been writing/directing together for the last 8 years. As brothers, they grew up making little horror films out in the woods in their hometown of Luton, and although they may have matured slightly since then, they have the same passion and enthusiasm for filmmaking. They have directed work across short films, music videos and branded content, with their award-winning films playing at festivals internationally from Beijing to Moscow to London. In 2014 they collaborated with Creative England and the BFI on their short ‘A Private Man’ as part of ishorts and since then they have directed two short films, ‘Jake the Magnificent’ and ‘The Audition’, the latter of which is currently doing the festival circuit. Their passion for filmmaking is grounded within narrative storytelling and whether working on short films, music videos or promos, that is always their main focus and what guides their direction. www.paulandsimon.com
Elliot Barker is a London-based producer who recently completed his MA in Producing Film & Television at Royal Holloway, University of London.
His passion lies in storytelling that provides subject matter in focal topics that are not necessarily discussed on a daily basis but resonate with an audience and should be told. He has produced and production managed a handful of short films which are currently entering their festival run. Eager to build his experience and craft, he continues to work on a range of content including shorts, music promos, commercial content with experience of working on low-mid budget features and TV dramas. He is a highly motivated producer and loves the process of lifting projects off the ground from inception through to delivery.
Our wonderful collaborators:
Donna is a Cinematographer originally from Northern Ireland, currently working and living in London. She graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Cinematography in 2017 having received teaching from Brian Tufano BSC, Nina Kellgren BSC and Oliver Stapleton BSC. She has worked as a cinematographer on numerous short films, animations and commercials with her two most recent films, ‘Another Day, Another Time’ and animation ‘Tete a Tete’ both currently playing at festivals internationally. www.donnagagewade.co.uk
James N Mabbett/Composer:
James has collaborated with Paul and Simon on all of their short films to date. He is also a musician under the name ‘Napoleon iiird’. www.napoleoniiird.com
Risks and challenges
Films, even short films, are expensive to make and involve a lot of people, from crew to actors, extras, to post production and everyone involved in supporting the project. However, we have completed many films on a similar budget to this one before, films in collaboration with the BFI and Creative England and always coming in on schedule and within budget.
We are really passionate filmmakers who really believe in our film; we're not taking any money from this ourselves, everything you give is going straight into the film and will help increase the overall quality and reach of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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