And so it begins…
I have a plan…
I want to take my family to the USA on a road trip next summer to promote our film If you ever get to heaven which we made last year.
For those who know us, this will come as no surprise, and for those who don’t … see “About Me” for a little bit of back story.
I’ve decided that I’ll blog this latest adventure; to chronicle the transformation of this very embryonic pipe-dream to gloriously tight and organised road trip.
I am totally open to suggestions and invitations, so please share this blog with anyone you know who might be interested in getting involved.
This idea has been brewing for a few months now, and my philosophy on these things stems from the very first gig I ever did with “Girls and the Great Xar” in 1986. Emma Freud, Jaquie Coghlan and I teamed up with a brilliant alternative magician “The Great Xar” and started putting a few close-harmony songs together. After a couple of rehearsals, Emma said – I’ve booked us a gig on 24h October… so we put together a show, and went on to gig for years, playing the Assembly Rooms at the Edinbrough Fringe Festival; performing on Wogan; playing West End benefit concerts. We could easily have spent two years meeting and singing together waiting ‘til we were ready to perform and never have got on stage!
Joe and I have built this – “book it; tell everyone; and the rest will follow” philosophy into everything we do. In 2005 we sold our house, and we declared that we would travel around the world in a bus – leaving in July 2007 (just after Luke’s GCSEs) … then we bought a bus, transformed it into a home for the six of us, took our HGV licences, and set off… in July 2007!
In 2008 we decided we would shoot a film. In the summer of 2009, we shot If you ever get to heaven, entirely on location in France and Spain – meeting every deadline we set ourselves.
Meeting improbable deadlines has become one of our specialities
What I’m saying is… this trip will happen…
As I write this, we are pretty stony-broke after a lean year (who hasn’t had a lean year?!) and every spare penny we’ve put into the film. So the real challenge ahead of me, is to find a way of funding this trip with whatever we can offer.
As I see it, this means involving as many people as I can interest in the project – I’d like to see if we can’t generate a documentary – and obviously offer media and advertising exposure to anyone who likes the sound of what we’re doing.
I shall focus my film festival attention on all US July and August festivals and hope we get accepted to a few. But whether or not this trip involves screening at festivals, we shall offer ourselves to any independent cinema on our route – (and our route will be clarified by any invitations to screen) we will offer Q&A sessions, hold private “house-screenings” – hey maybe we’ll even play a few concerts!
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the last few years it’s that nothing happens if you don’t make it start – but make it start – drive it, and the heaven’s open!
The “Throw me a rope US Road Trip”, I’ve just thought of that title as I write – does it work? It comes from a line in the film –
“If you ever get to heaven…throw me a rope…” so beautifully delivered by Saul Jephcott, as Geoffrey that you’re going to have to go now and watch the trailer to hear it… (it’s virtually the last line)
Anyway, the “Throw me a rope US Road Trip” will evolve into whatever it is destined to be in direct relation to who gets involved, and the route similarly will become clear when we discover who would like a visit!
So that’s where I am – you join me at the beginning. Who knows where this will take us!