Plenty of beginner film-makers take the micro-budget digital video approach as the only way they can afford to make their first feature. But P.O.V. is a little different: it is the brainchild of established TV director Lesley Manning and writer Andy Walker, each with a string of TV and animation credits.
Manning took her inspiration from the Dogme 95 initiative. She had already experimented with blurring the boundaries of documentary and fiction, notably in her TV film Ghostwatch, which drew the highest audience in 10 years for a BBC single drama and now has its own fan website. P.O.V. builds on this approach, taking as its starting point the making of a docusoap. Documentary-maker Harry is trying to create a storyline for his supermarket documentary by kindling a romance between two of the staff only to find himself falling for one of them.
Manning drew on her extensive contacts within the industry to recruit upcoming and experienced talent for cast and crew who would work for love and deferred fees.
Supermarket chain Somerfield let Manning shoot in one of its branches, while all other locations were within a small area to keep costs down, and passers-by were roped in to serve as extras. Real ingenuity went into stretching the tiny budget, with a wheelchair used to move the camera for tracking shots and most post-production being done in facilities houses' downtime - what Manning calls "working down the seams of the industry".
- Type of film
- Lesley Manning
- Philip Appleby.
- Lesley Manning.
- Lesley Manning, Andy Walker, Janet Radenkovic.
- Andy Walker
- Sam James.
- Prod des
- Giuseppe Belli.
- Chris Swanton, Mags Arnold.
- Main cast
- Shane Taylor, Lee Boardman, Mali Harrie, Sean Foley, Marian McLoughlin.
- Private sources.