Stationary

Taking place in a parked car over the course of one afternoon, former drug dealer Jimmy confronts his drug dealing childhood best friend Che about the dangerous road she is leading her younger brother Gino down.

Director’s Vision

The inspiration for the film came when a close childhood friend explained the events surrounding the day his flat was raided by the Police and he was subsequently arrested.

He described a sinking feeling when he realised how much this singular moment might define his life. In reality my friend is an amalgam of both lead characters Jimmy and Che. They represent different sides to his character and I was fascinated by two things in particular: The idea of deconstructing his personality traits, fleshing him out into two characters and exploring the complexity of platonic male/female friendship. Confining the majority of the story to one location, allows us to really focus on the human story at the heart of the film.

This is a story about friendship; how what’s left unsaid is often as important as what’s said. But we also wanted to subvert the preconception of masculinity when we place former bully Jimmy in a position of not only emotional vulnerability, but also physically outmatched by a female character.

Given the nature of the piece taking place almost exclusively in a parked car, Stationary was always going to be made or broken on its casting. With the help of the lovely people at Hammond and Cox, we cast the extremely talented Aaron Thomas Ward (“Eastenders”, “Call the Midwife”, BBC) and Rebekah Murrell (National Theatre’s “Nine Night”); with Xavien Russell (“Top Boy”, Netflix) completing our lead cast.