Strings is set in the 1970′s it’s a boy’s own tale of secrets subterfuge and fallen heroes. Written and directed by BAFTA nominated Richard Turley. Director of Photography Eben Bolter. Producer Ruth Wright.
Dean and Luke are best friends and they adore each other. The fact that Dean is Luke’s dad rarely comes into it. He looks up to him and enjoys the banter they have between them. Whatever Dean does for a living it involves him driving between various out-of-the-way locations around the town where they live. While Dean tends to business, Luke waits behind in the car. Luke doesn’t know what it is he does exactly so the natural thing for his curious mind is to fantasize and wonder.
So when he finds a pamphlet in the side pocket of Dean’s car from a spy exhibition they’d been to a few weeks before he starts to think: maybe his dad is a spy. All the clues are there – strange locations, always on the move, and coy responses from his dad whenever he asks what he actually does.
When a gust of wind blows one of his toys down the street Luke leaves the safety of the car to retrieve it. When he looks up he sees Dean chatting to a stranger and he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover the awkward truth about his dad.
I was unit stills photographer for this production, shot entirely on location in Richmond, London, UK. With a small crew and the usual tight shooting schedule, I produced behind the scenes photographs and publicity images.