UK: Soda Pictures
Cast: Ray Winstone, Jan Graveson, Lois Winstone, Katherine Clisby, Ed Deedigan, Lindy Sellars
Director: Richard Hawkins
UK: 91 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong sex references and very strong language
UK Release Date: 7 October 2005 (Limited Release)
Richard (Ray Winstone), a middle-aged police detective, is short of breath as he climbs the stairs to a prostitute's parlour in London's Soho. Naomi (Jan Graveson), the archetypal experienced hooker. She welcomes him and with deft professionalism but becomes immediately apprehensive when he doesn't seem to be after sex. When he rejects her advances and runs out the door, she assumes he is just a 'first-timer'. Until the next day, when he returns with up-front payment...
Against Naomi's better judgement, she allows him in just to talk. He asks her all sorts of questions about her life and her trade, to the point of getting too personal and going too far. Naomi cuts him off abruptly, offended by his intrusion, and their session ends with Richard leaving sheepishly.
When Richard returns and forces his way in, Naomi decides to make him work for the answers to his questions. Intrigued by his motivation for visiting yet still convinced that he is there for sex, Naomi imposes bargains and the currency exchanged between them escalates from hard cash to cheques to Monopoly money to clothing. The two form an unlikely friendship around their business arrangement grows into something very unusual.
It turns out that Richard does indeed want something from Naomi and that she can indeed provide it. Just what that something is, is very unexpected...
A superb new low-budget British film, EVERYTHING was made, to the point of completion, for £47,500. It was shot in 9.5 days and edited entirely on a basic G4. The reason for this, in part, was to find out whether or not it was possible to make a genuinely compelling film in the face of such daunting logistics. First-time writer/director Richard Hawkins brings it all together with great skill and economy.