UK

TWO FOR JOY

2018 – DCP – colore – 90’

 

Direction: Tom Beard

Screenplay: Tom Beard

Cinematography: Tim Sidell

Editing: Izabella Curry

Set design: Anna Mould

Music: Rodaidh McDonald

Costumes: Sarah Blenkinsop

Cast: Samantha Morton, Billie Piper, Bella Ramsey, Emilia Jones, Daniel Mays, Ibinabo Jack, Grace Hogg-Robinson,David Elliot, Adam Young, Dana Haqjoo, Badger Skelton, Eva Fontaine, Savannah Acquah, Seychella

Producers: Emma Comley, Sadie Frost

Production: Blonde To Black Pictures in co-production with British Film Institute, Creative England’s iFeatures, Metrol Technology, Head Gear Films, Goldfinch Entertainment

 

SYNOPSIS

Aysha suffers from a paralyzing depression after the death of her husband. As a result, her adolescent daughter Vi has had to take on enormous responsibilities at a young age, and little Troy wanders along without any responsible adult figures. A trip to the coast acts as a wake-up call for the tense situation.

 

THE DIRECTOR: TOM BEARD

His first photographic commission was at seventeen and Tom spent his formative years snapping record covers for Florence & The Machine, Jamie T and Adele, alongside portraiture of Ray Winstone, Matt Smith and Sir Norman Rosenthal. Progressing into commercials and music videos. Simultaneously, Tom became a much in-demand music video director, winning an MVA Award for his work with FKA Twigs. His first short was Dinosaurs Full Throttle created for Channel 4, he then shot Albert Camus: The Sea Close by, followed by the Raindance Festival ‘Best UK Short’ nominated Generation of Vipers. Most recently Tom completed Rags,an unflinching look abuse by carers, which premiered at the London Short FF and was selected for the prestigious 44th Huesca IFF.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“(…) Problems that often begin at home and spill over into their lives, and are unfairly swept under the carpet, i wanted Two For Joy to offer up an unbiased and profound representation of some of those ideas. One of the situations that I was most shocked to hear about was the number of young people who had been taken away from their families and put into care, after a parent became too ill for them to look after. The stress and strain of caring for a parent whilst trying to juggle school and a normal childhood is unbelievable, and I was shocked at how little support there was in place for them from the government. (…) Finding young actors who have a raw unapologetic energy inside them worked for me whilst creating my short films, channelling this energy is what excites me about creating cinema. My films are about empowering youth, so the same should be said for the young people acting in them. Putting them in the room with older, experienced actors is the perfect way of nurturing and developing talent throughout the filming process. (…)”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2012 Dinosaurs Full Throttle (short)

2013 Albert Camus: The Sea Close by (short)

2014 Generation of Vipers (short)

2016 Rags (short)

2018 Two for Joy

 

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2018 Edinburgh IFF: Douglas Hiscox Debut Director Award

2018 Sevilla European FF – Competition