Tonight I sit in the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury - technically working, but clearly not very hard. It has been a long day, indeed a long week of filming during the day and working in the evenings. My current project is called 'The Sea Shall Have Them,' and is the first of six short story adaptations by the novelist Anne Perry. Productions stills will appear soon on the site.
The story is about Davey, a schoolboy struggling with his history lessons, who is transported back to Elizabethan times where he learns more that he ever did at school. Sure theres an educational aspect, and Im learning quite a lot about the Spanish Armada to be fair, but the most attractive thing I think is the ambiguity.
As director I'm a big fan of playing on this uncertainty as to whether the whole adventure is completely internal, or if there is some supernatural force that has actually taken him time travelling. Okay, so its not a groundbreaking mindbender of a quandry, but things like that really help motivate the much more subtle character nuances and what have you. The latter choice of the two is pretty unlikely, but it's kinda nice to play with the fantasy aspect. After all, I think everyone wants to suspend their disbelief to a certain extent when watching a film, and really time travel for the character shouldn't be that much harder to get to grips with than the time travel we have to make ourselves to try and empathise with Elizabethan characters on screen.
Anyway, more thoughts as I have them...