11 Dec 2018
Being: A film by Devlin Crow
BEING, a film by Devlin Crow, was shot in London and Brighton in late summer 2016.
It tells the story of Buddy, a young boy who isn’t your average teenager. There’s something a little different about him . . .
Why is he always rushing to get back home?
We see poor Buddy being bullied at school by classmates who really don’t understand him. We discover that he has to care for his mum, Margaret by himself as she has multiple sclerosis, and his Dad no longer lives with him. We see Buddy wrestle with his responsibilities at home and Margaret struggling to balance her own care needs, living with a degenerative illness and giving her son the childhood she would like him to have.
Margaret is a proud, positive and intelligent women who doesn’t want to be defined by her disability. In spite of her frustrations, she keeps a sense of humour and is never afraid to voice her opinions!
Buddy and his mum find their escape in a world of sixties music. They share a love of Mod bands like The Who, The Kinks and The Animals.
One day Buddy meets an out-of-work actor, Doley, who was in in the movie Quadrophenia. Through this chance encounter he gets to live out an old dream.
Devlin’s own wife Kennedy is living with multiple sclerosis, and Devlin is himself her carer. This film has elements based on the director/writer’s own experiences.
“I have always had an affinity with Quadrophenia due to growing up in Brighton and remembering the Mod gathering and scooters then. My youth and view of Brighton are fused with the film and the Mod scene. The outsider element at the core of the film focuses on young carers who battle caring for loved ones, the dynamics of parent and child is upturned causing strain. Their efforts go unnoticed by the larger society” ~ Devlin Crow.
Written and Directed by Devlin Crow
Starring Mark Wingett as Doley
Sarah Waddell as Margaret, Buddy’s mother
Joshua Farley as Buddy
Wendy Morgan as Haley, Doley’s girlfriend
Shvorne Marks as Janice
Christine Mackie as the charity worker
Music composed by Peter Gregson
Cinematography by Max Williams