A woman agrees to look after her neighbours’ dog whilst they’re away, only to find it dead on the first day.
Inspiration for this film came from those moments where you are innocent yet in the firing line. Often in such situations, the louder you protest your innocence, the more guilty you look. Conversely, could you follow the logic the other way and say nothing? That burning sense of injustice is a hard emotion to shake off, and can cause anguish even years after the fact.
My Granddad once lent me his camera so I could take pictures of my holiday for him. I didn’t even want the thing, but I didn’t want to upset him by refusing to bring it along. Literally the first time I switched it on, the camera made a weird noise and died. I asked my Dad what should I do. He said deny everything. This didn’t feel right so I just thought I’d wait until I thought of a plausible excuse. Which is kind of the point, as even that would be a lie. In the end, I told him the truth. Did he believe me? Of course not. It’s never left me that; even 20 years on I still want to protest my innocence to him. But it was only a camera. I thought, what if it had been something more precious than that? Pets die, we all know that. But what if someone’s pet just happened to die as you were looking after it? That cloud of suspicion, however faint, would never fully leave you in their eyes.
Last year I was looking after my Mum’s dogs whilst she was away. On one morning walk, one of them hunched over to do a poo. He finished and I had a quick glance to see the severity of the job I was about to deal with. There was no poo. He’d hunched and farted. I looked around. To my left, a fella walking towards me; to my right, a family. All had just watched the scene but crucially, from a distance. Did I walk on? They’d clearly think I’d just let ‘my’ dog take a shit, then not bother to pick it up. I could explain to them what had happened, even tell them to have a look for themselves at the scene of the non-crime. I looked down at Reuben, whose eyes darted elsewhere, full of shame for the situation he’d put us in. I removed a little plastic bag from my pocket and proceeded to pretend to pick up the Ghost Poo. I hammed it up with grimaces and sounds of ‘ugh’, and the passers-by walked on, smug with justice.The point being: sometimes, the truth just doesn’t cut it.
We are both passionate about making films that are entertaining but also have an emotional truth running through them. Ideally we want the audience to laugh at the unfolding catastrophe, but then ask themselves what they would have done in that situation. We like making stories where sympathetic characters are put in a pickle, with no easy or right way out. Stories that linger in the viewer’s mind.
Production Stills/Behind The Scenes
- director: Larry Ketang
- writer/director: Liam White
- producer: Hollie Bryan
- dop: Paul Mortlock GBCT
- 1st AD Josie Connor
- sound: Jake McKenzie-Hayes / Martyn Ellis
Website – cosmosquarefilms.co.uk
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- shooting format: digital
- duration: tbc
- screening format: DCP/MP4
- aspect ratio: 2.4:1
- sound format: stereo