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The Greyness of Autumn

Danny McGuire is an ostrich who works for a call centre selling loft insulation. His life seems to be relatively stable with a decent job and a girlfriend of many years. However, on the first day of autumn, Dannys life is turned upside down when he learns that his job is being outsourced to India. That very same night, his girlfriend tells him that she has met another man and is leaving him. Distraught by the events of the day, Danny turns to his flat mate Nelson (a cornflake eating monkey) at the local pub but their conversation is cut short when a fight breaks about between the pub landlord Barry and Nelson. Danny slips away unnoticed from the bar and heads home to drown his sorrows. Upon his way home, Danny unexpectantly walks into the path of a mugger who holds him at knifepoint demanding his shoes. Despite attempts to inform the mugger that he has no shoes, Danny is knocked out by a punch to the face. After reflecting on recent events over a bottle of whiskey, Danny soon comes to realise that he can't escape the vicious cycle known as 'The Greyness of Autumn' and realises that society will never except him for being different and that Danny could only be free if he ended his life.

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Directors Statement (contains spoilers)

When you look at the script for 'The Greyness of Autumn', its actually a very bland storyline which has been done countless times before. Its the simple structure of character has good life, it then goes horribly wrong and the character falls into a state of depression and commits suicide. What makes this film different is the use of puppets instead of humans as our tragic heroin.

The film was always intended to be a comedy with a twist. Its principal purpose was always to make people laugh at how bizarre the situation was when the default human character is replaced by an animal. At the end of the day however, it is a tragic story and does deal with some serious issues which some people can find disturbing. Since the films premiere, I have had a wide variety of feedback from various people including one person who personally suffered from depression. He appreciated the character of Danny and his struggle and said that the fact that he was an ostrich made more of an impact with the feeling of isolation as he visually didn't fit in with the 'norm' of general society.

In conclusion, directing 'The Greyness of Autumn' has been a real privileged. From the hilarious writing sessions with Andy S. McEwan where I was in tears of laughter on some occasions (especially the true story which was Jimmy Guinness) right through to editing the final piece in the jigsaw has been a brilliant experience. The crew were wonderful to work with and I felt the cast brought the script to life beautifully.




Copyright © 2012 Quick Off the Mark Productions

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