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A bittersweet comedy about the uncertainties of adolescence. We follow Kid over the course of a moonlit night as he attempts to reconnect with a childhood friend.
Angry Face is a bittersweet coming of age tale about the choices we all make when we choose our own Identities. Over the course of a moonlit night we follow Kid – a social chameleon with an unusual superpower – as he breaks into a party with some friends and attempts to reconnect with Alice; a girl he hasn’t seen since childhood.
With the story unfolding over one night, the structure is relatively linear, however unlike my previous film Callum (which followed a single protagonist’s thought process) Angry Face begins with a 1st act that observes Kid in his usual social environment, we see and hear far more from his friends as they try to overcome their status as social outcasts, whilst Kid stays in the background, watching, observing, being carried along. It’s only when Kid meets Alice at the party that he breaks out from the group and we as the audience find our central protagonist.
The script for this film owes far more of a debt to Stand by Me then it does to The Inbetweeners and as such there’s a certain type of nostalgia I’ll be trying to capture from within the setting of Honor Oak Park. I’ve lived in the area for most of my life and so there’s a deep personal connection for me to the locations I wish to use – hence filming in my own back garden! I’m also inspired by the Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980’s and in the way that they seemed to showcase the magic that existed in the ordinary world. I’ll be looking to carry this sense of adventure into my own short, as winter turns to spring and change is in the air.
The film is lighter in tone than anything I’ve done previously or perhaps plan to do in the near future. It’s important to me that even though the film offers no easy answers (as is usual for my style and in keeping with the over arching theme of Broken Hearted Youth) there’s a hope throughout, there’s a sense of joy. With this in mind, look to Nico’s These Days as an indicator for the score, and expect there to be an ever increasing presence of nature within the film, from owls to foxes to a flock of birds taking flight at just the right moment; so as to underline the humiliation of an older character.
Drawing inspiration from Malick’s recent To the Wonder the camera will have a sense of free flow to it from the first frame to the last, it’s my hope that this will reflect the ease with which Kid is able to move within the varied social landscape. There will be some unease and instability for the scene in the woods; as Kid makes his way down a slope, on uneven footing to confront Jack, but once this conflict is resolved the film will breathe again, allowing it’s characters the space to think and to reflect upon their choices.
Michael van der Put.