Greensleevees
Above: Will Lawrance, Joanna Neary, Su Elliott.
Greensleeves
Don't look in the basement.
Does Tam know something that her partner Gav doesn't about the malevolent entity in their house?
 
UK, 2009. Pathétique Films.
Executive Producer: David McGillivray.
Produced by Janet Sate.
Directed by Stephen North.
Written by Rachel Grant.
ph: Godfrey Kirby. sd. rec: Emanuele Costantini. ed: Tim Porter. prod designer: Lorna Copp. make-up: Hannah Eccleston, Hayley Biggs. sd. design: Russ Jones. asst. dir: Gary White, Joseph Brett. costume sup: Samantha Cousins. hair stylist: Dee Howland. wardrobe: Lou Taylor. sp. effects: Alan Gilchrist. cast: Joanna Neary (Tam), Will Lawrance (Gav), Su Elliott (Ruby).
Colour. 13 minutes.
Shot in Brighton and Hove, Sussex,
November 6-11, 2008.
 
“This is the film which changed the direction I was going with these shorts. I didn’t plan it. Janet Sate was in a few of my plays in the 80s. Then she moved to Brighton, but we kept in touch. She began writing scripts with a woman called Rachel Grant, who sent me one of hers. I wanted to make it immediately, but there was a lot of faffing about with re-writes and I couldn’t find a director who liked the script as much as I did. Finally Janet found Stephen North, an actor who’s been in London’s Burning. He’d directed one short, Cregan, and he wanted to do another one. So I said OK. The script’s set in Brighton and I wanted to shoot it there, but I didn’t really know the town. Janet, on the other hand, has lived there 20 years and wanted to get into production.

She started sending off all these incredibly detailed e-mails and spread sheets, which didn’t really surprise me because she was always really bossy when we worked together before. So I let her set the whole thing up. She’s a natural, born to do the job. I said to her at one point that she was the only person who knew what was going on from beginning to end. I just made breakfast and signed the cheques. I didn’t cast this one, apart from insisting that we got my mate Su Elliott back to play another crazy Mum. The other people are local actors. Joanna Neary is terrific, the next Catherine Tate, and as soon as Will Lawrance left the audition, we all said, “We like him!” It’s nice when that happens.

We were looking for a house to use as the main location. Rachel mentioned it to a woman she met, and she said, “Use mine.” The woman turned out to be Richenda Sabine, who’d directed a series I did for cable TV in the 80s. This kind of thing happened all the time in Brighton. Everyone was really happy to help out and money was very rarely mentioned. I thought, “I want to make some more films here.” You’ve got the people, the facilities and the locations. This is where the British film industry began in 1896! After the torment of Abracadaver! it was once again reassuring to find that films are really quite easy to make when everyone knows what they’re doing. Greensleeves finally premiered at CineCity The Brighton Film Festival on 4th December 2010.”