Last year, award-winning comedian Josie Long and director Doug King made two short comedy films in Glasgow called Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure, which were nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award.
Now Doug and Josie are packing their limited belongings and second hand clothes into a camper van to embark on a UK-wide tour of their favourite independent cinemas this November.
They have cleverly titled this tour – Doug & Josie: The Let’s Go Adventure Tour.
Recently described as London’s answer to Lena Dunham, Josie wrote and stars in both films – which were directed by Doug and funded through a lot of goodwill and a Sponsume crowdfunding campaign. Both films follow one young woman’s awkward rite of passage into modern adulthood.
In Let’s Go Swimming, Josie has left her life in London for a better one in Glasgow, the indie band theme park where she will finally be happy and accepted. But sitting in cafes and going to gigs on your own isn’t as fulfilling as she’d hoped.
In Romance and Adventure, Darren is Josie’s best friend. Josie is Darren’s flatmate. Approaching 30, Josie is desperate to travel, to escape, to do something big. Darren is happy having his meals cooked by someone other than his mum.
Together they drink Buckfast and wander the streets, wondering why their friends are becoming old and boring, with houses and marriages and kitchens to retile.
Together they make fun of squares and make up games, it’s them against the world, or so Josie hopes. How much can you rely on a friend who doesn’t want to grow up?
At each date on the tour, Josie will perform a short intro before the films and both Doug & Josie will take part in an audience Q&A afterwards.
Says Josie: “Making these films was the best time of my life ever. I’m so proud that we now get to show them to audiences.
At every stage from chatting about ideas, to writing, to rehearsing, planning and realising them onscreen, we’ve been powered by massive enthusiasm and excitement. We’ve had the same talented crew for both films and we’re just at the beginning of our working life together. Hopefully we will next make a brilliant feature that will take us on the gravy train to Hollywood. Then bad luck arseholes, you will never see us again.
I’m kidding! We can’t wait to see you all on the tour.”
Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure were written by Josie Long and directed by Doug King.
Let’s Go Swimming features cameos from Stuart Murdoch, Aidan John Moffat and Jojo Sutherland.
Romance & Adventure features cameos from Alison Peebles and Jo Neary.
Doug and Josie are now working on the script for a full length feature film which will be script edited by Jesse Armstrong.
In April 2012 I wrote and starred in a short film called Let's Go Swimming, which was directed by Douglas King and shot in Glasgow.
It was a sad comedy with some little bits of stand up voiceover in it, about a woman trying to run away and start a new life for herself, with no success.
We were chuffed to work with a brilliant cast and crew, and managed to blag good equipment to make it.
Musicians that we love like Stuart Murdoch and Aidan Moffat did cameos for us and a cafe gave us free catering for the shoot, too. Belter. There is a brief clip of it just above these words.
We really loved making the last film and it taught us a lot. We are now desperate to make another, but we really want to pay people properly as the last film had no budget whatsoever.
We want to be able to put the same crew together and actually hire the equipment we need so we don't wear out the goodwill that was shown to us. (And i hope us doing this doesn't wear out yours!).
We would both like to keep making films until we can make a brilliant feature that will take us on the gravy train to hollywood.
Then bad luck arseholes, you will never see us again.
I do not mean that.
The reason we are asking for your investment is that we are impatient and idealistic.
We want to be able to make our film without giving up creative control, or waiting for anybody else. The money we are asking for is to pay for camera and equipment hire and post production, which we have budgeted at 9500, and to pay our seven-strong crew for a five day shoot, as well as post production people.
Anything we can raise, however, would be a start for us and would make our project possible.
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