You may have combed through the exciting list of NFF18 features, but have you explored our shorts?
Both stories deal with connection: Dotty is the story of a stubborn old lady who struggles to send a text message to her daughter, and Crazy Love tells the story of a young couple in love, their very different ideas about the future, and a pirate’s party.
Dotty‘s Mick Andrews:
NFF: Is this short based on your own life and/or family?
Andrews: Not directly, no. Although I had definitely experienced the frustration that comes with teaching an older person (OK fine, my Mum) to use technology. When I wrote this, Brett and I had just finished a third draft of a TV pilot set in a nursing home so old people were wandering about in my head at the time – trying desperately to find an exit.
NFF: Do you think the way we communicate now enhances or changes intimacy?
Andrews: Hmmm, that’s deep. I personally think the more we communicate with each other over the internet instead of face to face the more likely we are to become alienated, disconnected and lonely. I read a study recently that found that teenagers who spend more time on the internet are more prone to depression. Call me a luddite, but I think there’s no substitute for a beer and a bit of banter.
NFF: Do you have any plans to turn this short into a feature?
Andrews: That would be one heck of a magic trick. Yeah, Brett and I are currently generating ideas for a feature film set in a nursing home. It’s bringing up a lot of exciting themes and layered characters for us to explore.