UK

HECTOR

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

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“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.”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2015 Hector

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

2016 Febiofest