Film Synopsis :
Old Lamp Films presents
'The Journey of Alfred Small', the heart-felt tale of the friendship between a
reclusive, embittered old man, and a young mother attempting to escape an
Alfred Small has been
making the same journey, for three months, to the bedside of his ailing wife in
hospital. When he crosses paths with a young mother called Kendal, he finds
himself the unwilling hero as their lives collide on the bus they are
travelling on. But with the barriers of old and young broken, in their new
found friendship comes the comfort and closure to finally let go of the past
and look to the future.
Filming of the scenes set
on the bus was completed on a specially chartered double deck London bus, the
same one that appears in the Harry Potter film. Whilst rehearsing the
choreography for the fight between Kendall, her abusive boyfriend and Alfred,
five people called the police thinking an actual attack was taking place. This
resulted in the police closing off the street but only lost the production 10
minutes of filming time.
Certain elements and
moments of the film were incorporated by Mike Archer in memory of his
grandparents. The main character’s name ‘Alfred’ is regularly used throughout
Mike’s work along with ‘Hilda’ (his grandparent’s names). Dialogue in the
hospital and the moment Alfred receives the call of his wife’s passing are all
drawn from Mike’s real world experience. Film Accomplishments : Official Selection for the March 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.
Award nominations for 'Best Ensemble Cast'.
FLICK PICK of the WEEK 9 on My Film Works, 26 Feb
Length : 22.06 mins Producer : Oriana Ornithari Executive Producer : Amy Holleworth, Mike Archer, Ross Foad Lead Male Actor : Philip Goldacre Lead Female Actor : Tayo Elesin DOP : Simon Shen Additional Film Information : Starring Philip Goldacre (Tomb Raider Ascension) and British-Nigerian
star Tayo Elesin (Law and Order UK); the film was written and directed
by Mike Archer (Easy Virtue); produced by Amy Holleworth and Oriana
Ornithari* (The Smoke); with costume design by Barbara Elum-Balders
(Welcome to Curiocity); make up design by Nina Igbino (Youth); art
direction by Emily Meech (Veneer); with cinematography by Simon Shen
(Build). Target Audience : Male & Female, 18 to 49, Above 49