Death and Penelope

Pre-Production Poster for Death and PenelopePenelope is the author of a series of somewhat unsuccessful self-help books. She is suffering from a bad case of writer’s block as she writes one last book after having been diagnosed with a terminal illness. She struggles to focus, particularly as Death (the Grim Reaper) has moved in with her and takes to watching loud television and nagging her to hurry up. However, Death gradually begins to show a softer side and becomes a subject for Penelope to test her self-help methods on by teaching him to become more personable.

I originally wrote Death and Penelope for Jameson First Shot to the theme “the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and invite life in”. Winning the competition would have meant Kevin Spacey producing and Maggie Gyllenhaal playing the lead role. I didn’t make it to the shortlist and so I worked on it some more and produced it myself.

Penelope
Bayley Freer

Death
Owl Young

Ralph
Robert Rowe

Woman in Green
Cindy-Jane Armbruster

Director
Rahman Noor Chowdhury and Glen Delahaye

Producer/Writer
Glen Delahaye

DP
Kamil Iwanowicz

Editing
Leonard Oguntade

Original score
Ross Allchurch

Production Designer
Sorcha Bloom Dunphy

Make Up
Hattie Leviston

Sound
Jillian Speed

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Home Sweet Home

A friend of mine was completing an MA in filmmaking at the University of East London and invited me to work on her films. I came up with a short story for her and helped her to film it. This was filmed in Kentish Town in 2010.

I believe we shot it on MiniDV using a Sony HVR-Z1E. Don’t ask me why, but although the camera shoots in 1080i, it has a switch to quickly set the camera to Standard Definition too. Sadly we had that swiched on for the film (with the exception of a few pick-up shots) and so this film does not look as good as it could have done.