Rebecca Santos
Rebecca Santos
How  dare you answer me back!
"How dare you answer me back!" Anna Wing with Rebecca Santos
Olegar Fedoro
Olegar Fedoro
Anna Wing
Anna Wing
Cleaner Lilli is warned that her latest client, Mrs Furnival, is mad. Lilli is to discover to her cost just how mad…
 
UK, 2005. Pathétique Films.
Produced by David McGillivray
Directed by Keith Claxton
Written by David McGillivray and Keith Claxton
ph: Sam Hardy. sd. rec: Godfrey Kirby. ed: Chuck Cartmel. music: Dominic Glynn. make-up: Ian Brown. costumes: Samantha Cousins. hair: Fernando Hortiguela. prod designer: Kate Halsall. asst. dir: Gary White. on-line ed: Bryan Farrar. sd. design: Steve Rogers. colourist: Lesley Russell. catering: Christopher Turner. camera asst: Joseph Brett. wardrobe asst: Helen Walter. prod assts: Yuba Bessaoud, Ernesto Pitts.
cast:
Anna Wing (Mrs Furnival), Victor Spinetti (Mr Pomeroy), Rebecca Santos (Lilli), Flaminia Cinque (Janice), Olegar Fedoro (Shopkeeper), Nicola Cussons (Olga), Patrick Murphy (Postman).
Colour. 15 mins
Shot in Crouch End and King's Cross, London,
September 5-8, 11 and 17, 2005.
 
This interview reveals the ending
"When I was an unemployed actor in the 60s, I did domestic work for an agency called Clean-a-Flat. They had one particularly mad client and I was intrigued by the many stories about her. Sure enough, she told me to do one thing, then the opposite; and she whispered about me to a gentleman caller in the same way Mrs Furnival talks about Lilli in Wednesday. I was only 18 or 19 and I thought these people were easily capable of murder.

I wrote the part of Mrs Furnival specifically to coax Marianne Stone out of retirement. As you may know, she's appeared in more films than any other British actress, maybe 200 or more including quite a few Carry Ons. I worked for her husband, show biz columnist Peter Noble, in the 70s; and when he died in 1997, Marianne asked me to officiate at his funeral. That was the greatest honour of my life. Marianne used to make something of every part she played, even if she only had two lines, and I really wanted her to do this film for me. But she wouldn't. She was absolutely adamant. Too bad. I met Victor Spinetti, who agreed to play Mr Pomeroy, and then his agent suggested another client, Anna Wing, for Mrs Furnival. Keith and I went round to see her. She said, "Do you want me to read for you?" and then she said, "Do you want me to take my clothes off?" It was very hard to believe she was 92. We thought she'd be fun, and she was. Victor is a grumpy old man. He admits it himself. But he was good value.

I met Rebecca Santos at a party at my house. I thought she'd be right for Lilli. I found out later she'd been in Seed of Chucky, playing virtually the same part, a cleaner who gets murdered. The postman, Patrick Murphy, is actually my postman. I didn't want to hire a Royal Mail uniform. I told him we wanted to tie him up and put him in a cupboard. He was a bit apprehensive. But he enjoyed it so much that afterwards he asked me how he could get some more film work! The house is my friend Joe Lang's. We wrecked it. Never, ever allow a film crew in your house, unless you're being paid £1000 a day (which Joe wasn't).

I believe the first assembly of Wednesday was about 25 minutes. The rough cut was still too long and we had to take drastic action. Two actors were left on the cutting room floor. Originally the film opened with a private investigator (Sean Lewis) making enquiries. Then, when the killers are burying Lilli in the garden, a neighbour (Pauline Munro), leans out of a window and asks them what they're doing. I was mortified when both Sean and Pauline turned up for the film's premiere at "Frightfest" at the Prince Charles the following March. But they took it very well."