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A Cake for Jim Broadbent

Chantelle Dupont, a young French woman, sends Jim Broadbent a cake to thank him for the entertainment he has provided her and his fans over the years. But when the reply comes it is not from him, it is from his wife; Jim is away making a film, but his wife enjoyed the cake and to say thank you she has made Chantelle a cake in return. Chantelle, delighted by the gift and excited by the new flavours it contains, immediately responds by making more cakes herself. She is thrown into a passionate and obsessive journey taking to her to the unchartered heights of culinary exploration – but can her new friendship survive Jim Broadbent’s return home?

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In 2011, as the summer was drawing to a close, one of my semi-regular film nights got rather out of hand and instead of sitting down with some friends in the evening to watch a film I found myself getting up in the morning with some friends who wanted to make a film.

One of them had spent the previous day making cakes in preparation. I don’t know why she considered this a priority, but it provided the inspiration for the script that I duly knocked out about a fan making a cake for their hero.

Not an obsessive fan with stalkerish tendencies – there are plenty of films about those already. There’s no reason why a cake made for a famous personality shouldn’t be entirely innocent. No reason either why a relationship shouldn’t develop out of it, with all the dramatic possibilities that suggested.

Jim Broadbent had been on the radio to promote his latest film a few weeks before we filmed and clearly came across as the kind of person deserving of a comforting cakey delivery. Also, I had a low-budget feature in pre-pre-pre-production containing a small part which I really wanted Jim Broadbent to play – if anything’s more likely to entice him to play a role than making him a cake, surely it’s a film about someone making him a cake?

We did all of the filming on that day, getting through a number of cakes in the process (the preparatory day of baking proved entirely necessary after all). The rest of it took quite a lot longer; in finding a look and a sound to match the eccentric nature of the film we went to early Truffaut for inspiration, which meant some substantial post-production and a lot of foleying. Not to mention some translating.

James Lark, 2012




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29 Jun | Wimbledon, United Kingdom

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