Nicholas Wright's beautiful, delicate and heartwarming play about the early days of motion picture film making premiered at the National Theatre in 2012 directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Antony Sher, Damien Molony and Lauren O'Neil before embarking on a UK tour and being broadcast to cinema's worldwide by NT Live.
Ths touching fable set in a shtetl imagined how the pioneers of film might have experienced discoveries such as storyboards, the casting couch, monstrous producers (who happen to irritatingly always be right), focus groups, tracking shots, film music, late night editing sessions, star vehicles etc.
An established film director looking back over his life; a young man's connection with the small town he tried to escape, his burgeoning love affair with the star of his film and with film itself. The shtetl and the way that influenced and informed all his films. A true valentine to the movies.
Grant scored all the films that were made and shown as part of the play as well as providing incidental music throughout. The score was influenced by klezmer and sentimental Jewish music and was played by a band of seven, plus a gifted child violin player onstage every night.