Two older people, animated as a pair of comfy chairs, look back on the last half a century. Their conversation ranges across shopping, waste, windmills, postmen and what really matters in life.
This short was produced as part of the Open University and BBC's Creative Climate Shorts project. The initiative commissioned creative talent from the UK's top film schools to produce a mix of drama, animation and factual films exploring climate change issues.
Bexie's film is sparked by her own curiosity about how people talk about everyday life:
I am greatly interested by people. Their everyday conversations amuse me and I believe they can entertain and inform. Throw away lines and observations in daily scenarios from ordinary people are a real portrayal of our time and place.
Everyone has had the experience of listening to an older person express concerns about how the world is changing. We tend to humour their remarks with a nod and a smile but if we actually listen to what they have to say we find they have a depth of humour, wisdom and experience. I felt this could be an ideal way to explore consumerism...
‘Ever Heard a Postman Whistle’ gently introduces the idea that we were less wasteful in the past. All audio for this film is a recorded natural conversation between Lin Schofield, a warm and bubbly lady and Eric Brown, a chatty and somewhat opinionated man. My microphone was not hidden from them but it was unobtrusive. Their dialogue makes charming, funny, easy-listening and informative media. Mundane objects come to life via stop motion animation to emphasis the habitual patterns and familiarity of everyday life. The voices became those of a couple of old armchairs.
For location, I chose a Merseyside house: its old charm made for an iconic backdrop for a portrait of domesticity. The film begins with a visit from the ‘Postie’ bike as the armchairs are sipping tea and talking over one another whilst putting the world to rights.