Eva lives as an outsider within the gypsy community, stranded between her workaholic husband Yuri, and the affections of gypsy leader, Davro. But their secret affair is threatened by the discovery that Eva is pregnant...
Only Child is a brooding and poignant reflection on grief, based on King David's adultery with Bathsheba in the Bible. It has received multiple awards, including Best UK Short at Oxford, Limerick and Winchester film festivals, and a BAFTA Cymru nomination.
Only Child written and directed by Andy Toovey.
Pontypool, South Wales
• Director of Photography and Writer
• Founder & Director 2V Studio Production Company
Enthusiastic, hobbyist filmmaker. Didn’t have a clue about writing or directing.
I went away from the first year with a niggling sense I knew I didn’t have a lot of personal connection to the idea. I didn’t have a ‘need’ to make the film or feel passionate about it. I had to think about a story that I really cared about – something that would really grip me and so I started looking at that.
I took advice from Simon Cookson when I got to the Top 10. In fact I tried to get as much advice as I could from others.
One piece of advice that Simon gave me was to take judges questions as an invitation to collaborate, not to feel defensive, but to take other people’s input as collaboration rather criticism.
Production support was massive
• Having a decent budget of £25K
• Connections to people e.g. Phil Wood - who is fantastic
• Casting Directors who had quality actors on their books which really helped with selecting actors
• Connections in post-production e.g. Max Horton, the colourist I used had worked on Gravity previously
• Generally their input and mentoring was fantastic!
The film idea I pitched in the boardroom compared to the final film are worlds apart! There was probably 6 or 7 drafts. In the end I probably used about one paragraph out of my original script as I focussed in on one moment, developed that, cutting the rest out.
That’s funny actually. I saw Only Child as having several meanings. Yes, it’s very relevant. I imagined Eva as an only child and I imagined the big hope in her life was to have a child. In the eventual film it was about her and Davro but I still think the title is very appropriate
The big themes were:-
• Loss (and the affect that has)
• Awkwardness of grief
• Power of sharing a burden
• Isolation – The poster about the film has a picture of Eva in the caravan window looking very much alone
Only Child has been selected for numerous festivals. More impressively it has won several awards - Best British Short at Oxford, Winchester and Limerick and various other Cinematography awards.
A huge achievement and a huge surprise was the BAFTA Cymru nomination. There is a lot of welsh film funding so inevitably one or two will pop up in the BAFTAs. The Short Film category is always very competitive so to get an outside film getting nomination was incredible really.
Yes I’m busy!
• Leadership team of my local church
• Run Community Filmmaking workshops through TorFilm
• Run my own company 2V Studios
• Director of Photography work
• Dad to two young kids
It’s all good though!
Don’t make excuses. Find a way to enter. Just do it! Find something you have a personal connection to. Find a story that’s already in your life as this will breathe authenticity into the story. It will have more chance of connecting with other people that way.
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