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Game Over: The Life of Keith Fairway

Hungry ego, denial and dysfunctional friendship.

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Game Over: The Life of Keith Fairway is a 15 minute VHS epic.

A unique kind of mockumentary, it’s an ironic, comic fable about the corrupting power of envy and competitiveness within friendships.

Going way beyond the lo-fi, it races towards & gleefully embraces a new sub-fi aesthetic; though made on a total budget of less than a fiver, shot by and starring me, Game Over aims to suck in and thoroughly entertain its audience.

The bulk of footage was shot in 1994, but money and other commitments meant that postproduction was left unfinished. I was an actor-director in theatre, and Game Over represented a false dawn in terms of moving into filmmaking - the rent had to be paid and the film remained incomplete.

Last month, I rediscovered the rushes, and saw enough fun in them to restart the edit.

Pick ups and reshoots were accomplished via a kind of archaeological reconstruction, while finding suitable vintage kit proved arse-bustingly troublesome.

But here it is, at last complete: analogue fuzzy, deadpan funny, and with a unique perspective - celebrity excess from the POV of abject poverty - it’s Game Over.



Previous screenings

5 Nov – 15 Nov | Luton, United Kingdom

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