Following the completion of the BFA’s launch feature ‘The Spoiler’ we’re all embarking on our most ambitious project yet.
Our efforts to bring ‘Thin, Brittle, Mile’ into fruition are not only a part of our attempts to offer a diverse and uncompromising style of British filmmaking to the market but also to pioneer and set the precedent for an alternate way for films to be funded and made.
Continuing our mission to show the more far reaching benefits of film, from a commercial perspective with ‘Drowning Room Only’ wherein we offer platforms for other artists to promote their own projects and careers, with ‘Thin, Brittle, Mile’ we’re working on the same principal but with a wholly altruistic purpose in mind.
We wrote the screenplay for ‘Thin, Brittle, Mile’ in conjunction with former Royal Engineer Sapper Matthew Weston, one of the most seriously wounded veterans to have survived the war in Afghanistan. Matthew was only twenty years old when he lost three limbs and suffered a host of internal injuries while fighting for his country. Refusing to let life be anything other than an adventure, Matthew has gone on to form a career in finance and works as a dedicated spokesperson and campaigner for other injured and sick, early retired servicemen.
Along with his input on the screenplay Matt has also provided the impetus for the Joining Forces Campaign, our initiative to unite injured servicemen with filmmakers in order that each side may benefit from the company and experience of each other and that together we may make the definitive film which speaks of our times.
Please view the teaser trailer for ‘Thin, Brittle, Mile’ read the synopsis for the film and get in touch if you’d like to find out how you or your organised can be involved. Or become a BFA member to be kept updated on the project via our Newsletters.
Every man’s final journey is always the journey home.
Thin, Brittle, Mile is the story of brothers Luke and Tyler Dearlove who travel to the remote , sparsely populated Skidaway Island searching for their third missing sibling. The brothers soon find something to be terribly wrong on the island and their enquiries, which stir up the most insidious of hornets nests, are greeted first with shrouded suspicion, then with open hostility, followed by blunt threats and harassment and finally escalating violence.
For Skidaway Island is a place of extremes, as beautiful as it is bleak. From its unforgiving landscapes, crumbling and fierce, to its rugged coastline, where the cold waters of the North Sea cut like teeth into the shore. The entire sins of the world seem to hang heavy, ever present and un-ignorable, in the moist air like vapour. There, its melting pot of inhabitants, the last remaining original islanders, defying the mainland company trying to expatriate them, to the European labourers, brought in to carry out the company’s work, co-habit in a rising tension that seems to border on the fringes of all-out war.
As the Dearloves pick their way through the island’s shrouded mystery the all-pervading conflict echoes parallels in their own relationship. Luke, a former soldier, returned from a tour of duty which has left him physically unscathed, but with a spirit which is broken, battles on with quiet rage. By contrast Tyler, ursine and bombastic, quickly forms bonds with the original islanders and seems to fit more with them after sharing one night of drinking than he does with the brother with whom he has shared a lifetime.
As uncomfortable and inconvenient answers surface, along with buried truths, Tyler has no choice but to accept the evidence of his missing brother’s probable murder and that his younger soul-sick brother’s ulterior desire is simply to find him, in order to join him in restful death.
However others on the island have a more ominous agenda and with Luke’s military background marking him out as a potential target for both sides to use in their war against each other and the mainland company responsible for the conditions in which they exist, a host of sinister troubling forces close in.
Eventually, when the Dearloves realise that the island’s treacherous mistrusting inhabitants will never allow them to leave, their venture into the land without pity culminates in a cold and brutal dark night of the soul after which nothing will ever be the same and Tyler is finally able to understand that the open and festering wounds of war are nothing compared to scars war leaves on the human heart.
And, with the final, cruellest, twist of fate, that war itself is no longer confined to distant shores but, in our present times, can come upon us at any moment, in any place and savage us in every way.
‘Every man’s final journey is always the journey home.’
Any man who starts a war must know he’ll never end it.