While Sustain is going through the edit (it’s looking great by the way, Sam is doing a stunning job), and with my other short film commitments now either finished or also in post-production, my attention has now turned to what is next.
I know, mad right?
So, while written in 2014, the script for You Are My Sunshine has obviously been on the back burner since I’ve been working on Sustain and House of Screaming Death, both of those features needing my absolute time and attention (they still are by the way, lots more news to come about both!), but now, I’m starting to allocate time to genuine musings for the new film. And a few decisions based on casting and how to achieve all the narrative have been discussed.
So first and foremost, what is the new film about? Well, I enjoy making Horror Films of course (and I will be going back to that for sure too….plans are afoot!), but I also love pure drama, and conflict within this sphere of genre. It is thrilling to be able to connect real audiences to realistic characters from all walks of life, so this was a major factor in me wanting to pursue You Are My Sunshine.
Tom & Joe have been together for years. You Are My Sunshine charts their humble beginnings in a world only just waking up to homosexuality, a place where fear and isolation exist and continue still, all the way to present day, through Joe’s sister Ethel, who never accepted her brother’s lifestyle.
As modern day brings further conflict as well as the potential for change in the air, Tom & Joe’s story will be shown from its first monumental day, all the way to its loving last, and all against the ever evolving LGBTQ landscape.
TAGLINE: Love Is Love
As noted, the film will take place within two alternating time periods, the 1970s and modern day. This of course presents challenges, especially for us low on the ladder indie filmmakers, but that is why I’ve been starting talks and discussions now so that we can be ahead of the game here in planning and location scouting, as well as the many other hundreds of things to consider (1970s costumes!!!!! Flares!!!! Mullets!!!!)
Meet Joe (Jack Knight) and Tom (Steve Salt) – these guys are going to make you cry.
With this in mind, I am very proud and excited to reveal the amazing two actors who will break all of your hearts as the younger versions of the lads. So without further ado, please meet Tom (Steve Salt, in costume above too!), and Joe (Jack Knight). Both of these exceptional actors I’ve had the pleasure to work with on numerous projects already and I knew that they would fit their associated roles just perfectly. Steve I worked with on both HOSD and GRID, while Jack was first introduced to me through his time at College, by his lecturers there and provided a voice to our tragic unnamed character seen in BRINK.
This past Monday, and after months of communication, the two lads finally met up in person along with me, to go through scenes from the film, and help them begin to discover more and more about Tom & Joe. They have a year to go now working alongside myself to prep their interpretation of these characters and help make them as perfect (and ‘adorable’ as Jack noted continuously ha ha!), as they can be for you, the audience. And I have no doubt they will break your hearts!
You Are My Sunshine will begin production in Summer 2018 with block 1, that will be for all the young Tom & Joe scenes, while we will then resume filming on block 2 in winter time for the older Tom and Joe scenes. This will allow the later (and soon to be confirmed), actors to watch and study Steve and Jack’s performances to make sure both presentations in the final film will be as close to each other as they can.
When that production concludes, we will then plan for a late 2019 release to festivals. And I really cannot wait!