This is a project that I wanted to make to prove to myself that I can write and direct to someone else’s brief. My entire career as a writer/director, I have only written and directed my own stuff. The next step for me was to have the confidence to work the other way around therefore it can feel more like a proper job in a way.
The project came to me initially from my actor colleague Ndongo Faye who I worked with in my previous project Café Mirage. Ndongo played Gustave, the head chef, one of the main supporting roles. He had written a monologue and sent it to me for feedback. At the time I wasn’t planning on doing any big projects like another feature for instance, Café Mirage was a long project and took it out of me. I was toying with the idea of moving into the branding world and creating little fiction videos for companies, unfortunately nothing came of it. So along came Ndongo’s monologue and I fancied a short film, to keep me active, growing, learning, not too long and to have more content out in the world to keep me relevant.