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Synopsis

Richard, bored of his mundane existence as a cycle courier, attempts to make his film A Distance Too Far in a bid to escape to a better life. Driven by the belief that it will propel him, his friends and his girlfriend to fame and fortune, and the fear of ending up like his family, the completion of his 'masterpiece' becomes the sole focus of Richard's life.

So with a budget creeping into positive numbers, Richard employs a rabble of egomaniacs and incompetents. These include his loyal friend Ray, chicken slaughterer (and now producer). Richard's likeable, mellow and quirky personality transforms into that of an angry, unappreciative tyrant who becomes hell bent on success. His relationship with girlfriend Jemma deteriorates, as he is unable to think past his ruthless ambitions. Eventually, his constant barking takes it's toll on the cast and crew, culminating in Richard throwing a tantrum and banishing them all from the set.

Even Ray, who has been funding the production with extra hours at the meat factory, is ejected.

Met with indifference after crawling back to his former crew, Richard realizes his dream is over for now and that his life, without the millions and the showbiz golf-buddies, isn't so bad the way it is.

Details

Year
2009
Type of film
Features
Running Time
86mins
Format
HDV
Director
Mark Devenport
Producer
Paul Welsh
Co-Producer
Paul Welsh
Editor
Nick Fenton
Screenwriter
Tony Claassen, Mark Devenport
Director of Photography
John Ross
Production Designer
Lizzie Dixon
Sound
Tim Barker, Grant Bridgeman
Music
Steve Blackman
Principal Cast
Tony Claassen, Micaiah Dring, Dean Palo, Shaun Mechen, Elaine Donnelly, Rupert Procter, Jonny Phillips

Production Company

Anonymous Room Productions
68 Castle Gate
Newark
Nottinghamshire NG24 1BG
UK

luke@anonymousroom.co.uk