Hitchin filmmaker to screen short film on post-Brexit Britain ahead of TV appearance

PUBLISHED: 15:56 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:07 04 March 2019

Filmmakers Paul Wade (centre), Simon Wade (left) and Elliot Baker. Picture: Paul Wade

Filmmakers Paul Wade (centre), Simon Wade (left) and Elliot Baker. Picture: Paul Wade

A Hitchin filmmaker is set to screen his short film on post-Brexit Britain at the Queen Mother Theatre tomorrow night - with an appearance on Sky Arts just around the corner.

Kacey Ainsworth and Amerjit Deu during filming. Picture: Paul WadeKacey Ainsworth and Amerjit Deu during filming. Picture: Paul Wade

Paul Wade, alongside his brother Simon, wrote and directed Huntington Gardens – a comedy looking at life in the UK after Brexit in which three families fight it out for a car parking space.

They will unveil the film – shot on the street they grew up on in Luton – at a free screening at Hitchin’s Queen Mother Theatre tomorrow night, starting at 7.30pm.

“At the end of each workday, the Morris family, the Rogers and the Amins drive back home as quickly as they can to beat the other family to the best car parking spots on their street,” explained Paul.

“Each family is from different economic, cultural and political backgrounds and their hidden prejudices bubble to the surface as the battle for parking spaces intensifies.”

The film has a number of well-known actors – including Kacey Ainsworth who played Maureen Mitchell in Eastenders, Little Britain’s Paul Putner and former Holby City stars Kelly Adams and Amerjit Deu.

A number of young actors from North Herts also play a role in Huntington Gardens, with the Arts Council for North Herts providing some funding for film thanks to a grant from North Herts District Council.

Sky Arts also helped fund the production as part of its Arts 50 scheme, which will feature work looking at post-Brexit Britain.

The film is due to be aired on the Sky Arts channel on Wednesday, March 27.

“Like most people in Britain, we have been left very confused and frustrated by the whole Brexit saga – both from the government’s response and the public reaction – and we wanted to try and find some humour hidden in amongst the absurd mess,” said Paul.

“However, unlike Brexit, we didn’t want to alienate anyone in the country – we wanted to tell the story of division and anger in a way that related to everyone.

“We felt that Huntington Gardens and its inhabitants would act as a perfect microcosm of post-Brexit Britain, because what could be more British then getting angry about parking spaces?”

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