James Will Howl was shot in the summer of 2013 and so far has screened at the No/Gloss Film Festival 2014 and made the official selection of the BAFTA Qualifying, Aestetica Short Film Festival.
Written by Callum Costello and directed by Harry Jenkinson, the film was financed and shot within 6 weeks. Director Harry Jenkinson wrote about his directorial approach and several money-saving techniques employed by the crew, to ensure James Will Howl belies its modest budget of just £1000.
Production took place over the course of three days in a number of locations including Kielder forest, Kielder water, Whitley Bay, Morpeth and Newcastle City Centre. Watch the video below for a glimpse of all the behind the scenes goings on!
Estranged brothers James and Will Howl reconcile for their beloved Grandmother’s funeral. The chalk and cheese siblings couldn’t be more different - James ( Chris Kirtley) , junior auditor at the fourth largest accountancy firm in the North of England, is determined to spend the occasion mourning appropriately. A stark contrast to free spirited brother Will ( Andrew Scholfield) - wanted in Norway - who views the occasion as the perfect opportunity to reconnect with his closest remaining family member.
The two very different blunt instruments manage to further exacerbate things when they turn up late for the cremation service and effectively disgrace themselves and the family name. An effort to drown sorrows and toast the life of their Grandmother turns into a night of drunken debauchery, and the young men's troubles peak when they wake to find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere and in possession of the wrong urn. Short of options and in need of closure, the brothers must unite to say goodbye to their dearly departed.
James Will Howl is a celebration of life, through death. An ode to family in all its complex magnificence and a tribute to the bond of brotherhood - through thick and thin, life and death, sworn, brother, to grim necessity.
Producer: Maria Caruana Galizia
Director: Harry Jenkinson
Writer: Callum Costello
Cinematographer: Curt Taylor
James Howl Chris Kirtley
Will Howl Andrew Scholfield
Producer Maria Caruana Galizia
Executive Producer Charles Said Vassallo
Director Harry Jenkinson
Writer Callum Costello
Cinematographer Curt Taylor
1st Assistant Director Kristian Young
Sound Recordist Alex Wardle
Assistant Editor Richard Forster
Colourist Stephen Hedley
Composer Jonny Sabiston