News of a new girlfriend disrupts mother-and-son crime duo, Bunny and Clive.
It's a day like any other for Bunny & Clive, a mother-and-son duo specialising in 'logistics' services for the criminal underworld. They're a dysfunctional pair – she controlling and emotionally repressed, he naïve and bungling. But now Clive's met a girl and so finds himself caught between the two women in his life.
A large number of short films on the festival circuit are heavily tonal, cinematic but often very serious. What we wanted to do was make a film with style and ideas and aesthetic appeal, but a film that's funny, a film that's heart felt and enjoyable for an audience.
The film follows a conventional, linear structure, and deliberately so, to allow the comedy to breath, and for the characters to take form. As the narrative unfolds, the tone of the film moves from deadpan humour towards a more heart felt, emotionally engaging conclusion.
The title of the film is of course a nod to Arthur Penn's classic, Bonnie and Clyde. In the construction of the film, we aimed to bring an American influence to bear, to marry the conversational, intimate, characterful, and very British work of someone like Alan Bennett or Mike Leigh with a sense of visual storytelling that owes more to the New Hollywood movement of the 1970s.
With this in mind, we shot with anamorphic lenses and where possible used steadycam shots, keeping the camera as 'character' rather than being too objective in terms of our framing and execution.