Super November + Q&A Nov 26, Glasgow Film Theatre; touring Film
At the GFT tomorrow evening broadcaster and comedian Josie Long and Glasgow-based director Douglas King will answer questions on their film Super November, which was also filmed in the city.
With performances from Sean Biggerstaff and a clutch of Scottish comics such as Janey Godley, James Kirk and Chris Forbes, Super November is a love story set against the backdrop of creeping authoritarianism.
After a hard right faction take over the government, citizens are subject to curfew and restrictions on freedom of movement.
The library where Long’s character worked under ribald boss Godley becomes a “migrant processing unit” amid an atmosphere of distrust, resignation, and, in the underground at least, rebellion.
“I don’t think that people would instantly be heroes if something like this happened,” says Long. “I don’t think people would instantly stop being concerned about other things. Even when awful things are going on politically, you are still a person. Your concerns on a personal level might seem quite small compared to what’s happening around you.
“But you’re still going to care if you love someone and they don’t love you, or you’re bored. I wanted to write about people responding in quite a normal way, because I think that’s what people would do.”
The pair, who have worked together on short films before, will also attend Q&As following screenings at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse (Nov 27), Inverness Eden Court (Nov 28), Dundee Contemporary Arts (Nov 29) and Stirling’s MacRobert (Nov 30).
Merging relatable romance and the comedy of everyday life with credible, near-future politics, Long says her script was primarily a response to passivity about awful things – as long as they are happening to other people. “The whole idea for this film was a response to seeing a lot of people’s complacency in the face of the refugee crisis,” Long says. “I wanted to talk about how people assume there’s a degree of safety in this country that would never change, and make a fantasy where that was no longer the case.”
Clockwise from left: DJ Eclair Fifi is a nominee at the Scottish Music Awards; Josie Long as lovelorn star of Glasgow-shot film Super November