A wryly funny fiction-non-fiction hybrid, in which UK filmmaker Marc Isaacs ingeniously turns his funding frustrations into a positive, and ends up filming anyone who’s around.
Isaacs is told he needs to make films about sex, crime or celebrities if he wants any chance of getting financed. So he chooses to make a no-budget documentary at home. He films the builders putting up his new garden fence, his Pakistani neighbour, his grieving Colombian housekeeper and a homeless man from Slovakia who temporarily moves in. Things quickly get complex for Isaacs, with medical emergencies and his partner’s rising frustration with the process. Then Isaacs gradually shifts the tone – and the audience will rightly suspect that something is untoward. Not wishing to spoil the surprise, let’s just say Isaacs questions our notions of authenticity as he shakes up the predictable.