Jon Sanders | UK | 2012 | 88mins | Anna Mottram, Richard Vanstone, Charlotte Palmer, Bob Goody, Emma Garden
Jon Sanders' taut ensemble drama follows the course and aftermath of a birthday party organised by Anna (Anna Mottram) for her husband Jim (Bob Goody), to whom she's been married for nearly 40 years.
As the party progresses old rifts, new relationships and secrets emerge amongst a group of friends; and underlying tensions within the marriage can no longer be contained. Filmed using improvised dialogue, with long fluid takes and little artificial light, this is a supremely naturalistic and very affecting drama.
"Absorbing [...] examines the tensions and antipathies swirling just beneath the convivial surface of a small birthday celebration." Anthony Quinn, The Independent
"A micro-budget Brit flick with an experimental flavour that generates real insights into married life." David Parkinson, Empire magazine
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FilmTalk- screening followed by Q&A with Jon Sanders and Anna Mottram