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Big Society by Nick Scott

Big Society by Nick Scott

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One man's controversial new approach to tackling social issues.

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The film documents one man's controversial new approach to tackling social issues.

The film started life as an idea for a character who rationalised the use of extreme violence for relatively minor crimes. People tend to have strong reactions to anti-social behaviour and I thought it would be interesting to challenge peoples' sympathy for a character who tried to do something about it by making his methods extreme. I'm also interested in how soldiers fit back in with life at home after serving, and how difficult it must be for them to see people abusing society's freedoms after they have risked their lives fighting for their country.

I really enjoy working with Jonathan Rhodes. He is a brilliant improviser and we have created a number of characters through a very specificway of working. I write a series of loosely structured scenes supporting an central idea and then we rehearse, improvising around the structure and filming everything. I then go through the tapes and distill the most interesting ideas into a full script. This allows us to take the character in an interesting direction in a way which suits Jonathan's delivery and retains that spark of improvisation. We are currently working on a comedy feature about a character who sets up an agency for dumping people called 'It's not me, it's you'.

One of the biggest problems was finding a way to film the violence - especially against younger adults. Fortunately I knew Melissa who runs Urban Young Actors in Leicester, and her performers were fantastic. They understood the context of the scenes straight away and came up with lots of ideas of making the incidents in the street look as real as possible.

  • Jonathan Rhodes
  • Ian Appleby
  • Nick Crawford
  • Tarek Gjonnes
  • Garrett David Millerick
  • Ben Taub
  • Tom Wright
  • Zane Burkmar
  • Yasmin Chamberlain
  • Nathan Charles
  • Oliver Collins
  • Benjamin Fisher
  • Lewis Meagor
  • Reece Roe
  • Simone Smedley


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8 comments posted.

  • Mar 14, 2013


    This is awesome! Well done!

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  • Jan 4, 2013


    This was wonderful, unfortunate to see many comments unable to see the irony. Well done!

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  • Jan 8, 2012


    Came to this link through a drama group in Thurmaston, Leics - Urban- well SHOCKED- nothing funny about this short film at all. So if you have been in the army then it's ok to just hit someone in the street? I cannot see anything funny. Is mindless violence funny, is wife beating funny if she burns your dinner?... If this is comidy in any way, we sure have a big, big problem. And a Drama group was proud to be a part of this? AND THE BBC THINK THIS SORT OF THING IS GOOD TO PROMOTE? Yet a phone call by Johnathon Ross was weeks of shock and horror.

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  • Oct 21, 2011


    Great film.  Love the message and the casual use of violence.  Can't decide if it's more about giving some people a good slap or getting the troops home to do something good for THIS country.  Either way; interesting idea, great central performance and loved the mock-doc style.

    Wrote a bit about it here

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  • Sep 29, 2011


    Sorry, but where is a comedy there? I noticed just violence:-(

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  • Apr 20, 2011


    Great  Film  very engaging - normally I can't be bothered to watch short films, but it has you hooked straight away. I never drop litter.

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  • Apr 5, 2011

    Clare Harrison

    nice cake. xxx

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  • Apr 5, 2011


    Nick and Jonathon - this was a great comedic and beautifully acted piece. Well done. Just maybe the message might get through too.

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