So with that in mind, I (slightly nervously) and Michael (calm as a Hindu cow) shambled up onto the stage to give everyone a quick but heartfelt thanks for the time, energy, effort and sheer talent they have put into this project and I'd like to reiterate that here. (Yes, this is going to be a bit of back rubbing but they deserve it!)
Some may disagree but I'd like to think that every film I begin is at least really good in my head before starting. The film that we have now out in the objective world is as good, if not better than the one that I began writing two years ago and thankfully it has been receiving quite a bit of critical praise too. Neither of these points prove that it is objectively "a good movie", that doesn't exist with any art form. But what it does inarguably prove is the impeccable talent of the cast and crew that I had the huge pleasure and honour of working with.
Without them none of it would have progressed past a dust collecting fifteen page document and for that they forever have my gratitude. I said on the first day of shooting that there's a film in my head and I need their help to get it out there into the real world as intact as possible and that they did. I hope they feel as proud of the film as I do, it's been a long journey but boy was it fun to make and after seeing it with an audience it feels ready to set loose on the world. Festivals here we come! MT