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emotional Drama with surrealist elements
A struggling artist tries to reconnect with his elderly father-in-law suffering from dementia, who slips between his surreal imaginary world and reality.
Somewhere In-between is a feature length emotional drama with surrealist elements. The story focuses on Gordon, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in a care home, and his mysterious relationship with his son-in-law, Tim. Focus is given to abstract, warped scenes from Gordon’s confused, unstable reality and memory, while the impact Gordon’s condition has on his family is heavily explored, including his wife experiencing a nervous breakdown as the anguish of seeing him fade away eventually takes its toll. Tim and Gordon form an increasingly strong connection in spite of Gordon's volatile son’s wish for him to stay away, and Tim becomes attached to Isla, a carer close to Gordon. Tim battles conflicting emotions when reconnecting with Gordon – the heart of which is unexplained for much of the story – and only at the denouement is it revealed that Tim is actually Gordon’s long-lost son – formerly his daughter – whom he disowned years ago when he could not accept his need to change gender; but even then, all is not as it seems.
I’ve always been drawn to movies with emotional depth and thought-provoking stories that summer blockbusters so often lack. Films that hit viewers to the core, make them reconsider their outlook on life, and impact their lives like no other medium can. When I first read Somewhere In-between, I knew it was that type of movie and I had to make it.
All three of us have a mutual desire to tell a powerful story about Alzheimer’s and gender dysphoria, partly inspired by our loved ones suffering from both factors. Through a deeply emotional character-driven story with moments of blissful joy and utter sorrow, the film explores the impact long-kept family secrets and dementia can have on a family.
Evoking great British and European dramas of the past, the story will be filmed in a classic dramatic style while also spreading surrealistic moments throughout to alleviate the emotional tension and illustrate what goes on inside the mind of someone with Alzheimer’s. The script is ripe to attach well-known actors with its evocative language and strong characters, especially someone for the elderly lead role. For all these reasons and more, we believe Somewhere In-between will be a box office success and profoundly affect viewers for generations to come.
Matthew Tibbenham is a British-American writer and director residing in London, who writes and directs films, TV shows and commercials.
Matthew actively pursued a career in film directing in New York City, where he worked on the Blumhouse horror film, Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Ethan Hawke, as the Director's Assistant and Second Unit Director.
After New York, he moved to Los Angeles and released the interactive comedy web series, The Wrong Guys for the Job.
Matthew’s first feature film, Surviving Confession, is being released this summer on major streaming platforms. He is excited to direct his next feature, Somewhere In-between, in addition to a comedy TV pilot this summer and another feature film, Nightfall, later next year.
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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