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The Quarry Men

Synopsis

The Quarry Men revolves around two friends, Alex and Aidan (Craig Henderson and Richard Wellings-Thomas), who go on holiday to Cornwall hoping for two weeks of drink and debauchery courtesy of Alex's uncle's pub. Unfortunately for them, the uncle has other plans and puts them to work.



Inspired by the El Mariachi school of film-making, The Quarry Men is writer/director/producer Toby White's attempt to prove himself as film-maker. "I had been let down on the financing of another feature, an ambitious romantic comedy with a budget just shy of £1m. People loved the script but didn't know me. I had to show I was worthy. To this end, The Quarry Men was conceived," he says. "The script was written in a week because, like most good stories, the idea was based on personal experience." It also helped that the resources were already in place. The cast for the previous project had already been chosen and they were easily able to slip into the second film's roles.



The Quarry Men was shot in a country pub in Cornwall, which was between owners. However, with just a month in which to work, filming became rushed and White admits the initial end result was not good. "It wasn't a feature. After editing a rough cut of one hour, the editor encouraged us to finish it." With news that the pub sale had folded, White and his team were able to return to the same location: "Pick-ups and whole scene changes were made. With another half an hour in the can we had a feature film."

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
Toby White
Music
Ilan Eshkeri.
Dir
Toby White.
Exec prod
Lionel Newcombe.
Prod/scr
Toby White.
Co-prod
Nick Myers.
DoP
James Solan.
Ed
Lucy Chapman.
Main Cast
Craig Henderson, Richard Wellings-Thomas, Nicola Brighton, Ulrikke Lane, Damien Matthews.
Budget
Under £200,000.
Funding
Private sources.

Genre

Production Company

GANGSTER PICTURES
1 Devonshire Gardens
London W4 3TW
Tel: (44) 20 8742 8595
Fax: (44) 20 8742 8595.

Sales
Company

Trans World International (44) 20 8233 5305.