8 April 2012

The Truth About Stanley

There has been a lot written recently about the standard of films released on line and how it is getting higher and higher – the internet has proven a liberating place for short film makers and what is generally regarded as a renaissance in the genre is taking place. The Truth About Stanley is a short film which exemplifies the revitalization of the short film.

It tells the tale of two people on periphery of society. Sam (Raif Clarke), a youngster fleeing a life of domestic abuse, comes across Stanley (Oliver Litondo) a man with a blind stick in one hand and a can of lager in the other, with more than a tale to tell about his past life and adventures. The two forge an unlikely friendship yet their relationship is not without its own frustrations.

This rather melancholic but moving short film which also features Andrew-Lee Potts (of Primeval fame) was made by Lucy Tcherniak a young and upcoming British film maker.  The soundtrack is provided by Radiohead and Mumford & Sons. The issue of homelessness in the UK is on the increase and the main aim of the film is to highlight this and to raise funds for the Big Issue Foundation and a hostel.  If you would like to make a contribution, please visit the movie's JustGiving fundraising page - 100% of your donation will go to charity.