We were starting to think we had actually been cursed this month. With Hallow’s Eve rapidly approaching, we wanted to make a somewhat spooky film. But it seemed we really were tempting evil forces this time. Venues were impossible to book, cast and crew impossible to pin down, with people pulling out for various reasons, varying from illness, geographical separation and family committments, to that most satanic of all evils, the temptation that is ‘corporate work’.
However, it all pulled together last minute. And talking of ‘Pulling’, one of our stars this month is the amazing brilliant writer and actress Sharon Horgan! Sharon kindly gave up her saturday morning to grace us with her presence and did a hilarious performance. She even brought her kids along to the shoot who were so well-behaved and sooo cute! Co-starring was the brilliantly funny Steve Evans of ‘Hyperdrive’, who endured several hours of makeup and subsequent scrubbing from a makeup lady called Sabina. Both Sharon and Steve were absolute stars, and bravely marched on with filming, despite decapitations, plane crashes and numerous strange coincidences…
Okay, none of those bad things happened. That’s the film ‘The Omen’. But to be fair, on our shoot there was a strong howling wind, a cat who kept trying to get in shot, and a woman outside the ‘Fried Chicken Kitchen’ who refused to move out of frame until we gave her some money. For heroin, one can only presume. I don’t like to be judgmental, but she was about forty and didn’t have any teeth. You need to be addicted to quite a powerful drug to stop giving a shit about that kind of thing. She was sucking on some chicken bones she had found in a bin. A modern witch perhaps? In a shell suit? Anyway, she was delightful. And her dog looked very well maintained.
Can’t wait to show you this one. It’s going to be so frightening, you’re not going to want to leave the house after this. You’ll be scared to switch off the internet because you’d rather not be alone. You’re going to need to watch something light afterwards like ‘Place in The Sun’. And even then you’re gonna be frightened of the presenter because she’s grinning at you like that. And then it’s gonna send you insane and you’re gonna lose all your teeth and hang out outside ‘Fried Chicken Kitchen’ in Stoke Newington. I’m sorry but it’s true. I can reveal that our forthcoming film features a haunted shoe. Yeah. A shoe. Doesn’t bear thinking about does it?
Renee Vaughan Sutherland produced for us this month and kindly allowed us to invade her wonderful house in Stoke Newington. So thanks to the super-amazing Renee for dealing with all the Satanic tampering that this month brought. She’s an angel. And thanks to all of her lovely housemates for putting up with us taking over their house! Happy halloween, people!