Sometimes it doesn’t matter what someone is waiting for. So long as other people understand that.
We’ve exchanged a few words with Anthony Hett, writer and director of Waiting. Here’s what he’s told us:
If of all your superpowers you could only keep one - which one would it be?
I would keep the ability to swim for long periods of time without getting tired. I compete in long distance open water swimming events and so it’s helpful for that. But it’s also helpful for my filmmaking. I train 4-5 times a week and while I’m swimming, I have time to think about my upcoming projects and work out problems I am having with the script I am writing at the time.
When it comes to complexity and difficulty of producing an art work filmmaking is very close to the top. What makes the whole journey, often unpleasant, worthwhile for you?
Waiting is the second film in a trilogy of short films on the themes of loneliness, old age and dementia. The first film is called ‘letters’ and was made in 2014. It was the first short I ever made. I took on a lot of the work load myself - as is the norm with low budget passion projects - and so it was a very stressful process. However, I remember one particular moment, when I was sat at the feet of the cameraman, my head just beneath the lens. As I sat watching the two talented actors converse with one another, the thought “they’re saying my words” popped into my head. It was a very special moment and a feeling I’m constantly chasing.
Why this film?
‘Waiting’ was inspired by an elderly lady I used to see on an almost daily basis, waiting at a bus stop, while I was walking home from work. While writing ‘waiting’ I had already filmed ‘letters’ and written the script for the third film in the trilogy which is called ‘Scrable’. The main theme in the three films is loneliness, all of the characters in the films are lonely in one way or another. I also wanted to use the films to encourage people to discuss how we treat the old and the vulnerable in our society because I do not believe that we do enough to look after them properly.
You have unlimited budget, green light for your dream project and can cast anyone you want...
I’m a huge fan of Joseph Gilgun. We’re shooting my next short in April next year. There is a small part that I think he would be absolutely perfect for. I’m also a big fan of Sam Rockwell, Giovanni Ribisi, Frances McDormand, Craig Roberts, Adam Goldberg and Kate Winslet. It would be a dream to work with any of these wonderful actors, plus many, many more.
What are your future goals regarding filmmaking?
I’m currently developing a short, a feature and a tv series. The goals are to get these projects funded and completed. I would like to be able to continue to tell my stories and ideally I would get paid and make a career out of doing so.
Any Instagram, Twitter or websites where your future fans can stalk you?
The best place to start is probably my website: www.anthonyhett.com where there is lots of information about me and my films. You will also be able to find links to my social media accounts on there too.
Waiting, and five other amazing shorts, will be screened at the Streatham Space Project 10.9.2019. Get your tickets HERE or at the door.