On Sun 17 Feb we are delighted to be hosting a special screening of award-winning director Michael Winterbottom’s new feature Everyday. The film is showing as part of the New British Cinema Quarterly, a touring programme that showcases distinctive and original British features and filmmakers.
Winterbottom, who studied his craft right here in Bristol, has certainly had a distinctive career, from crowd-pleasers such as 24 Hour Party People and A Cock and Bull Story to adaptations of The Killer Inside Me and Trishna to hard-hitting documentaries The Road to Guantanamo and The Shock Doctrine.
His latest feature is a true labour of love - five years in the making - that unfolds in real time. Shot in rural Norfolk, it follows the lives of working class mother Karen (Shirley Henderson) and her four young children, all struggling to cope while their father (John Simm, long-term Winterbottom collaborator) is in prison for an unknown crime. Everyday stands at an interesting intersection between fiction and documentary as it uses four real-life siblings, filmed over five years, and sees them literally grow up in front of the camera. This gives the film a real sense of authenticity and makes for riveting viewing.
Winterbottom skillfully uses the repetitions and rhythm of everyday life to explore how a family can survive a prolonged period apart and adjust to life without a father figure or partner. He has crafted an incredibly moving study of fractured families that is much more than a lesson in experimental filmmaking. With outstanding performances from its young cast, Everyday is an important look at the prison system, and confirms Winterbottom as one of Britain’s finest directors.
Join us for a Q&A after the screening with cinematographer Simon Tindall who has worked on several of Winterbottom’s features as well as the short film Friend Request Pending, which screened last month as part of NBCQ: Joy of Six.