Friday, 28 January 2011

About the Film

A very English science fiction comedy of manners.

Aspiring extraterrestrial reporter Oliver has just two million seconds in which to film an ambitious documentary study of a quiet, northern English town. He is determined to make a name for himself back home and earn the respect of his ailing father, a legend in the field, but the fragmented Cousins family with whom he is lodging - careworn Marion, taciturn David and their two grown children, straitlaced Anna and compulsive Carl - each soon develop their own reasons for wanting him to stay. When his first attempt proves clumsily inept, Oliver must swallow his pride and acknowledge a need for help, but - as a burgeoning collaboration with the lovable but troubled Carl blossoms into friendship - Oliver's very presence catalyses a fundamental, irreversible change at the heart of the family, and he is left with little time and a big decision; what to take home and what to leave behind.

Like SkeletonsShaun of the Dead or Edward Scissorhands, EARTHED collides its genre with a cast of thoroughly polite, middle class characters, who strive at all costs to maintain normality. Taking its colourful, hyperreal cues from Wes Anderson, P.T. Anderson and Michel Gondry, the film is an intimate, warmhearted story about brotherly love, creative collaboration and what happens to a family when the children aren't children any more.

And blue slime is involved.

About Writer/Director Greig Johnson

Greig Johnson has been writing and directing independent digital shorts and music videos for ten years. In 2001, his debut film, Owl Soup, was nominated for Best UK Short at Leeds International Film Festival. His 2004 film Hilarity was shortlisted for the BBC Talent New Filmmaker Award and Best UK Short at both Leeds and Hull International Film Festivals, and subsequently screened for a month at the Kino Aero in Prague. In 2006, VOW was produced in conjunction with Screen Yorkshire's Digital Shorts scheme and, most recently, Greig's adaptation of William Burroughs' MR BRADLEY MR MARTIN HEAR US THROUGH THE HOLE IN THIN AIR was nominated for Best Yorkshire Short again at both Leeds and Hull 2010, as well as screening at Raindance, the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, the Fantasia genre festival in Montreal and Odense International Film Festival in Denmark.

To find out more, visit the Eclectic Schlock website.

Concept Art

Although the majority of the film takes place in Yorkshire, a very small portion of it doesn't...