STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING
"Sticky Toffee Pudding is a 21st century tale of grief & consent, of melodrama & hypocrisy - it's a film about moving on, growing up, and discovering who we are and what we stand for. It's also a film about kids with too much money, and presents a realistic, unsympathetic exploration of the "popular kids" we stupidly grow up being so envious of. The film was originally written whilst I was still an A-Level student and so it is incredibly honest in its depiction of the emotions a student might go through in their final year of education. It's not autobiographical, but I was inspired to write it to remember exactly how I felt at the age of eighteen and to eternalise that feeling and those emotions and the melodrama of being a teenager. I've always been interested in Shakespearean plots and so boarding school was one of the only settings I could think of where complex, contradictory teenagers and a winding, larger-than-life story could be feasible. The film's actually adapted from an unpublished play of mine called The Beauty of Youth, which the Papatango New Writing Prize described as 'wonderfully visual', praising its characters in particular. Sticky Toffee Pudding is such a special little flick, with buckets of character and a story that I think people will really enjoy. It's topical, it's current - but it's also universal in its themes and nostalgic tone. At its heart, there's something in there for everyone." - Harvard John
UNRESTRICTED VIEW FILM FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS:
"A film of incredible artistic value."
"The film has an incredible stylistic identity."
Thanks to the Rome Independent Prisma Awards for their glowing review of our film. You can read it here.
"We can't wait to see new works by this young director."
"an impressive accomplishment"
Thanks to Alan Ng from Film Threat for their considerate review of our film. You can read it here.
"The heart and emotion of each story come out as well. Ultimately, it is a story about high school life."
"different and commendable"
Thanks to Darren Gaskell for his fair review of our film. You can read it here.
"the lower-key approach of Sticky Toffee Pudding to its scenes of smoking, boozing and drug taking lends the proceedings a more realistic feel"
Coming-of-age, Drama, Student, Teen Melodrama
Following the death of his best friend, seventeen-year-old Shelby struggles to readjust back into life at boarding school until popular girl Lilibet decides to take him under her wing. With the aid of her reckless and wealthy group of friends, Shelby finds himself reintroduced to a fast moving world of parties, sex and drugs -- but with life after school quickly approaching and his unresolved grief threatening to pull him under, Shelby finds himself dealing with a lot more than he bargained for.
Shelby Welham Samuel Nicholls
Lilibet Ashworth-Browne Emma-Kate Barry
Moses Montague Charlie Howard
Margot Portendorfer Genevieve Lewis
Charles Lane Fox Callum Henderson
Roisin Joyce Sophie Mae
Ariel Darling Samuel G Caple
Hephzibah Locke Abi Watkinson
Written, Directed and Produced by Harvard John
Co-Producer, Director of Photography and Editor Eloise Roitman
Original Score by Hum Chandna
Floor Manager and Assistant Camera Elicia Valentine Jones
Sound Recordist and Designer Guy Newland
Art Direction Ellie Softley
Colourist and Costume Designer Harvard John