2015 – DCP – colore – 87’
Direction: Jake Gavin
Screenplay: Jake Gavin
Cinematography: David Raedecker
Editing: Guy Bensley
Set design: Byron Broadbent
Music: Emily Barker
Costumes: Denise Coombes
Cast: Peter Mullan, Keith Allen, Natalie Gavin, Sharon Rooney, Sarah Solemani, Ewan Stewart, Laurie Ventry, Stephen Tompkinson, Gina McKee
Producer: Stephen Malit
Production: Malitski Production
Hector McAdam is embarking on his annual journey from Scotland to a London shelter, where Christmas cheer and a turkey dinner await him. But, aware this might be his last, Hector opts to reconnect with his past and reunite with those he left behind. Life without a home isn’t easy but Hector is resilient, accepting of people, and life, as they come. He meets with friendship and kindness, disappointment and cruelty, discomfort and joy. His cross-country odyssey brings chance encounters, companions old and new who need his support as much as he needs theirs.
THE DIRECTOR: JAKE GAVIN
Brought up in South Ayrshire, he made his first film when he was twelve years old. After a university degree, Jake worked as a photojournalist for The Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent, covering conflicts around the world. Prolific portrait photographer, his work has appeared in a broad range of publications (GQ, Vogue, Elle, Playboy…). The exhibitions of his photographs lead him to establishing and running the photography gallery “275” with Julian Broad, and a collaboration with Amnesty International. At the same time, Jake worked in various capacities on several shorts and feature films. He started writing a screenplay for a short: the script was over ninety pages… Hector.
“I was a volunteer for Crisis at Christmas. I met a number of extraordinary people there, and heard some great stories. While many of the shelter’s guests lived in around London, quite a few had travelled the length of the country on what, for them, was an annual pilgrimage to spend a few days over Christmas amongst familiar faces.
Those stories sowed the seed for the idea of a contemporary Odyssean road trip through Britain, substituting a Christmas shelter for Ithaca. The early drafts concentrated on the journey itself. As Hec’s character evolved and matured, the screenplay turned more into a portrait of the man himself, rather than a straight travelogue.
When we were scouting for locations for the film, I think that every single service station manager I spoke told me about their own Hectors – characters who turn up for a night or two every few months, and then move on.”
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
2015 Edinburgh IFF – Competition
2015 Film by the Sea FF
2015 Athens IFF
2015 Dunoon FF
2015 Haifa IFF
2015 Chicago IFF – New Director’s Competition
2015 Sao Paulo IFF – New Filmmakers Competition
2015 Seminci Valladolid
2015 Mumbai IFF – World Cinema Section
2015 Ajaccio English and Irish FF: Miglior Attore Best Actor
2015 AFI EU Film Showcase