NEW SHORTS: God’s Lonely Men: Going Solo
Tue 12 Jan 20:45 Hackney Picturehouse (screen TBC)
Modern society sees a lot of lonely men out there, whether by choice or accident. From faded rock stars to macho writers to the darker subjects of male suicide and life threatening illnesses, the lonely man is everywhere.
Film running order:
SHELTER Reggie Yates 14 mins
CATKINS Alexander Darby 10 mins
REST STOP Ben Masson 14 mins
SUNSET ROSE Zoe McCarthy 8 mins
THE LAUGHING KING Lindy Heymann 15 mins
IN WAITING Cecilia Stenbom 10 mins
I’M SORRY TO TELL YOU Ben Price 6 mins
BETTER THAN TOMORROW EuiJeong Hong 13 mins
I USED TO BE FAMOUS Eddie Sternberg 17 mins
Excerpts from a loving article by Lindy Heymann.
Suicide has touched me twice – it took my younger brother Marcus, and my best friend, Shaun from me. As well as the incredible shock, sadness and loss that I felt and still feel, their deaths made me acutely aware of how all of our lives can change from day to day and minute to minute.
There was a wonderful moment that happened when we were shooting. In the film, Colin’s character Jake (who appears destitute and very vulnerable) is trying to buy a postcard with a £50 note and the postcard seller tells him he must be joking and laughs in his face… Whilst we were filming a local man (who seemed himself down on his luck) approached Colin mid take and gently guided Colin to a nearby bank as no-one round here would be able to break a fifty. He had no idea we were filming a scene. Everyone was walking past, ignoring Colin, but this fellow stopped to help. It was a very touching moment – just the kindness of a stranger.
The most profound thing for me came when we were filming a scene where Colin walks into the sea. Whilst we were filming I lost my breath. After we cut, I rushed up to him and asked if he was alright. The consummate actor he just turned and asked why, was it not ok? I suddenly realised where we were – that he was just acting… I talked later and some of the crew said they had been in tears… Of course it wasn’t real but for a few of us it was a brief insight into what that critical moment must feel like for someone about to end their life. It was very emotional.