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'He who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.'
— Revelation 12:9
Sweet Brother tells the story of Jude, a gentle man on a journey across 'Hell' to pay a healing visit to Bess, a blind pot-head who prefers house-plants to humans. What Jude is to discover during his visit, is that this woman isn’t at all who she appears to be on the surface, for as well as being a book collector, Bess also happens to possess what just might be the most powerful object in all the universe. The question is, will a pious young man submit to his temptation, or will a blind adherence to dogma save him from the coming 'apocalypse'?
Exploring the guises of Satan and the limits of God’s patience, Sweet Brother is a post-horror, punk fairytale; a philosophical meditation on the fall from grace, touching on the subjects of sin, transformation, chaos, morality, revelation, the number 11, fruitcake, and unicorns.
The film is now in the early stages of post-production and on track to be completed by the end of the year, with additional filming to continue until the start of spring.
The journey so far...
What began as a writing exercise during the second British lockdown of 2020 quickly grew into something of a passion project. As a patchwork of dreams, the fragmented narrative of the film is a pretext for ideas and reflections on several topics, including theology and mythology, temptation and desire, the philosophy of personal identity, and the cruelty of nature.
A crowdfunding campaign was launched on Good Friday 2021, successfully raising (and surpassing) the target budget, with support from both outside and within the film industry, including John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Fry, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Martin Sherman, Emilia di Girolamo, Dan Hubbard, and Rose McGowan.
Thank you to every generous soul who has backed or supported this ambitious little film, which will (all elements permitting) be completed by summer 2023.
You can follow the progress either here, or on the film's Instagram or Facebook.
122% SUCCESSFULLY CROWDFUNDED!
Orlando Brooke + Sophie Brooke
Raffiella Chapman + Henry Garrett + Tereza Srbova
Maya Markelle + Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler
Lisa Moorish + Peter McPherson + Chloe Keenan
Gem Carmella + Charlie MacGechan + Merryl Ansah
Jarry Glavin + Jon Campling + Jane Paul Gets
Luke Ireland + Carol Walton + Stefania Licari
Joshua Parris + Kane Surry + Abe Jarman
Rocci Williams + Yan Toby-Amisi + Polly Fey
Natasha Benton + Daisy Clarke + Joe Hughes
Luke Callan + Rajneet Sidhu + Tudor Baron + Polly Fey
Charlene Griffith + Jason Ford + Aidan O'Callaghan
Ana Torre + Amethyste Mangangu + Nick Croft-Simon
Sven Maertens + James Edward Hoare + Alex Childs
Mily Iran + Sarah Hosford + Joanna Lukowicz
Casting Director: Maia Von Hurter
Costume Designer & Production Designer: Layke Anderson
Additional Styling & Wardrobe: Maurizio Iapicca
Makeup Artists: Dimitra Avramidou + Maisie Boyd + Jerry-Jane Pears
Director of Photography & Stills Photography: Jean-Paul Berthoin
Camera Operators: Layke Anderson + Alejandro Sesma
Sound Recordists: Olly Kent + Muneeb Baig + Ruijing Bu
Associate producers: Christian Mahieu + Glen Allen
Co-producers: Scott Brand, Aidan O'Callaghan + Sasha Latoya
Executive producers: Pip Pickering + Daniel Hubbard + Rose McGowan
Executive producers: Jean-Paul Berthoin + Robert Mathis
Writer, Producer, Editor & Director: Layke Anderson
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