Own Worst Enemy (2013)
Dir.: Philip Pugh
This dark British comedy follows the story of Andy (Mike Baughan), who is terrified of almost everything and anything to do with the outside world. Trapped by the boundaries of his flat he has quarantined himself from the world and the inability to travel outside his home has made him delirious. He fails to make contact with any other humans and in turn finds himself presented with a figment of his imagination, Mr P, also played by Mike Baughan. This manipulative character scrutinizes Andy and torments him to the depths of despair until he can no longer establish what is fantasy and what is reality. The isolation and constant routine Andy lives is completely upturned by the introduction of Mr. P and this takes its toll on Andy substantially.
Director, Philip Pugh, has already established himself as an exciting prospect in the film world with his multi-award winning feature film, One Minutes (2009). His first feature achieved a fantastic reception which was shown at a number of film festivals including the, International Film Festival in South Africa and also included in the British Film Festival located in Los Angeles. It is clear that Philip Pugh has the academic and visual knowledge to produce great films which is matched by his motivation and determination to get this film made. With the support of his co-producer, Nigel Martin Davey, who has acting experience as well as producing credits for many feature films, this film is certainly going to be a great visual experience.
Own Worst Enemy has begun its crowd funding campaign and it is trying to reach a goal of £12,000. This will go towards; equipment rental, costumes, props, location fees, sound recording rental and much more. Your generousity will not be overlooked either as there are many fantastic perks for your contribution which include; posters, promo materials, copies of the script, a digital download of the film (as well as the option for a DVD & VHS copy!) and even an Associate/Executive Producer credit all dependent on your contribution!
Your contribution would mean everything to the making of this film so if you’re feeling generous click on the link below and get funding:
For a more visual explanation check out this promotional video which includes interviews with lead actor, Mike Baughan, and another cast member, Mathew Waters:
I also spoke to director, Philip Pugh, to find out a bit more about the film:
Q: Your film focuses on one character, Andy, who also has another persona, Mr. P. Where did the idea of split personality come from?
A: It starts to run a little deeper when Mr. P develops his own imaginary characters. I was trying to explore what drives people to madness, what characterizes madness and to what extent can you live with madness until it becomes unbearable. At no point did I want to hide from the audience that Mr. P was anything other than a figment of Andy’s imagination. There are plenty of twists in Own Worst Enemy without having to rely on clichés.
Q: With two characters being played by the same person, Mike Baughan, how do you plan to shoot the film?
A: Mike’s a great character actor. There are only 3 scenes in the movie that involve other characters that Mike can interact with, leaving the majority of the movie for Mike to act entirely against himself. I’ve got no doubt in his ability to pull this off, but it does raise a few technical and continuity issues. The first thing that was clear was that we’d need another actor, off camera, to hold the other side of the conversation. Also we’ve decided to structure the shoot so we’ll film with Mr. P one day and then film Andy’s side of the scenes the next day.
Q: On the subject of Mike, you worked with him on your first feature film, One Minute. How important is the director’s relationship with his cast?
A: For a film like this I think it’s essential that the relationship is completely open and more of a collaboration. We’ve been working on the two characters since last October. We’ve worked on different voices, different speech patterns, different mannerisms, different stances and different walks – the two characters are completely different. It’s been a fun process.
Q: Your first feature, One Minute, won multiple awards. How much did you learn from the experience and how crucial is it to have that first completed film?
A: Well it certainly was an experience. It took about 4 years to complete and it felt good to have finished it. It took so long because we had something like 140 locations and 240 characters. I think this is why I went in the complete opposite direction with Own Worst Enemy. On this one we have 3 locations and 6 onscreen characters (there’s not even any extras needed). It’s much more claustrophobic and intimate, yet at the same time the scope of these characters, particularly Mr. P, is so vast.
Q: Obviously you are hugely devoted to Own Worst Enemy, how much time and effort have you put in so far and how much would it mean to you if you reached your goal of £12,000?
A: Every spare minute of every day has gone into this so far. Like I mentioned, me and Mike have been working on the characters since last October. I was working on the script for 3 months or so prior to that. We’re now in the midst of funding, budgeting and business and we have had an amazing amount of help and support so far and I’m really appreciative. The great things about crowd funding is being able to give something back, through the perks, to the people who have supported you and helped get the film made. As for our own goal, it would be truly amazing to reach it and be able to make the film the way we want to make it. The filming stage is obviously the most costly part. I think we’re attempting something quite unique and would love to be able to try and pull it off unhindered. It’ll get made one way or another.
This film comes as a breath of fresh air as the storyline is so unique that there has not being anything like it before. Philip deserves to have his vision come alive on the screen and with your help he can reach his goal! If you would like to help fund the feature and find more info about the film follow this link here:
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