emotional Drama with surrealist elements
A struggling artist tries to reconnect with his elderly father suffering from dementia, who slips between his surreal imaginary world and reality.
Somewhere In-between is the emotional story of a son’s reconnection with his dying elderly father. The son, thirty-something Tim, is intersex. He was rejected by Gordon, his father, and older brother, when they couldn’t accept his need to change from being Donna to Tim, many years ago. Gordon suffers from dementia and lives in a care home. He cannot place Tim, who pretends to be his son-in-law when visiting him, but seems to recognise something about him.
Tim’s mother, Eleanor, recovers from a nervous breakdown after seeing her husband slip away from her takes its toll. His brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Amy respectively, stubbornly refuse to acknowledge Tim’s existence, and are unaware of his visits to the home. The love story between Tim and Gordon’s carer, Isla, adds an alternative layer of sentimentality and hope for Tim.
As the inner lives of the supporting characters are exposed, focus very much remains on Tim’s further visits to the home. Seeing the care home both through Gordon and Tim’s eyes, as well as occasionally through those of the supporting characters, offers different perspectives into this hidden world. Focus is given to abstract, surreal scenes from Gordon’s confused, unstable reality and memory, including a moment when he sees himself as a priest and the care home as his church.
The story concludes with one final encounter between Gordon and Tim; the latter quite literally on his deathbed. Tim finally reveals that he is intersex, which intentionally acts as a means to open up a conversation about this misunderstood, hidden form of gender dysphoria. Gordon is still unable to fully comprehend Tim’s truth, but, deep down, recognises and accepts Tim as his child, and appears instinctively apologetic for his confused understanding of his past wrongs.
Keeping Gordon unaware of the true identity of Tim until the very end of the film, and even then only having him partially understand, adds mystery, intrigue and suspense. Their reconnection is genuine and real, which offers Tim some peace before Gordon passes away. Ultimately, Gordon finds the confused form of redemption he searches for, albeit only achieved through his disease. Tim finds the love and acceptance he craves, and their reconnection, in a way, sets them free.
The filmmakers’ share a strong desire to tell a powerful story about Alzheimer’s and gender dysphoria, partly inspired by loved ones suffering from both factors. Somewhere In-between aims to resonate with a mature, curious, empathetic audience, as well as inspire and empower all manner of individuals, including those affected by dementia and of the intersex community. The film can be a global critical and commercial success, satisfying both genre and art-house audiences.
This is a story of love, loss, acceptance, redemption and identity.
Magdalena Herfurtner is a German producer, writer, and musician, resident in London.
She is currently in development and production of several feature and short films, amongst them the short drama Sacrifice (2019) and the features Somewhere In-between (2020) and Erica (2019).
Magdalena has been trained as actress and classical singer at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2015, she relocated to London where she took screenwriting classes at Central Film School.
That same year, she became Quarter-Finalist of the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition with her feature film script Walking on the Flatline.
She co-produced the multi-award-winning short film The Power of One Coin (2018), line-produced Sergei Alexander's feature debut Beneath Desire (2019) and recently has released several ambient EPs as Madil Hardis.
Haydn Worley is a London-based screenwriter. He has written several feature film screenplays in development, with budding directors and producers attached.
Ongoing collaboration with director Emma Frayne-Ford has resulted in the production of a short drama and a short documentary, with a two act play, a feature documentary, two feature films and several short films in development.
Haydn's original trans-biopic feature screenplay Samantha is in advanced stages of development, with Emma attached as director, and his original, emotional drama script Somewhere In-between is also in development.
Haydn co-wrote Wood (2019), a feature animation currently in production, and he is a freelance writer for SLNda, Ashley Walter's (Top Boy, Bulletproof) TV production company.
The film will have a modern-day setting and look while also invoking the feeling of an early 20th century period piece. It will have a realistic, natural lighting style, even in most of the surreal moments. The camera will have a more objective feel; like an omniscient, detached observer. While the camera movement will usually be smooth and precise, it will hopefully disappear to make way for the story and characters. The style will be reminiscent of the films of Bergman, Haneke and Kubrick. It will be filmed digitally in an anamorphic widescreen format to give it a film-like, cinematic feel.
As Call Me By Your Name captured the bright, blissful summers of the Italian countryside, Somewhere In-between will do the opposite and have a dark, overcast feel of the British landscape to reflect the turmoil inside each of the characters. While all locations, costumes, and set dressings will be modern, the film will have a slight period drama feel and the colour palette will reflect that – leaning towards a variety of blue, green, and brown tones.
The primary locations will include an elderly care home, a small British cottage, modern day student-like housing, and a local pub. The surreal locations will include a grand castle, strip club, parish church, 1950s style boxing ring, and a space station.
Somewhere In-between combines the dreamy introspection of Bergman’s Wild Strawberries with the surrealism of Fellini’s 8 ½ and the emotional pull of Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name.
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