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Live for the Moment
Live for the Moment (2004)
  • Director:
    Richard Booth
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  • Writer:
    Richard Booth
  • Cast:
    Noel Fitzpatrick,Nick Tatham,Matthew Watkin
  • Time:
    1h 31min
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After a young woman, Rachel Jackson, is knocked down and killed one summer night, it sends shivers through the local community. The driver of the car, David Fowler, is found to be drunk at the wheel and is promptly arrested and interrogated. The previously-respected local doctor breaks down and admits to being obsessed with Rachel and secretly in love with her. At the same time, young Miles Anderson is trying to battle with his own demons. A sufferer of the condition Tourette's Syndrome since birth, Miles is plagued by nightmares, behavioural problems and uncontrollable twitching. Miles shared a close bond with Dr Fowler, who had helped him try and finally beat the condition through music: to their amazement, whenever Miles sang, the symptoms of his Tourette's vanished and he became a different person. However, with Dr Fowler under arrest and out of reach, Miles must struggle on without him. Meanwhile, Rachel's husband Sean swears vengeance against Dr Fowler...
Cast overview, first billed only:
Noel Fitzpatrick Noel Fitzpatrick - Dr. David Fowler
Nick Tatham Nick Tatham - Miles Anderson
Matthew Watkin Matthew Watkin - Sean Jackson
Nina Reizi Nina Reizi - Jennifer Anderson
David Lenson David Lenson - D.I. Anthony Edwards
Alex Rainford Alex Rainford - Jane Shepherd
Dominic Milne Dominic Milne - Dr. Alan Robinson
Keven Schwarz Keven Schwarz - John Harvey
Sasha Hermann Sasha Hermann - Rachel Jackson
Richard Booth Richard Booth - Jack Boulton
Nick Morris Nick Morris - First Bully
David Briggs David Briggs - Second Bully
Harry Smyth Harry Smyth - Guard
Fiona Mathews Fiona Mathews - Nurse
Peter Boughton Peter Boughton - Police Officer

Live for the Moment (2004)

Although it was shot during a 13-day window, principal photography lasted just 6 days.

Matthew Watkin was Richard Booth's first and only choice to play Sean Jackson. He was also the first actor to be cast.

When Nick Tatham pushes over Nina Reizi in the kitchen at the beginning of the film, it was improvised and unexpected - Nina's reaction is genuine.

Originally conceived in September 2003, the script was completed in June 2004 after input from Richard's father Bill, who sadly passed away in May of that year and never got to see the finished film.

All but one of the actors were auditioned at The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, Dorset, which was also one of the locations used during filming and also the venue at which the film received its theatrical premiere.

The music in the film was all written and recorded by Nick Tatham, in conjunction with En Masse Music & Publishing Ltd. in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The film recouped all of its budget, including marketing costs, within three months of release.

Shot on a consumer Panasonic mini DV camera and edited with Sony Video Vegas.

The role of Dr. David Fowler was originally written for an actor in his mid-fifties. After Noel Fitzpatrick gave such a good reading, however, director Richard Booth decided to change the character's age to someone in their mid-thirties.

No sets or artificial light were used during filming. Richard Booth intended to create a naturalistic, quasi-documentary feel to the film.

With Live for the Moment, 15-year-old Richard Booth has made an impressively ambitious debut. Although it's evident he still has a lot to learn, the sheer scale of the film he had made at such a tender age, together with the complexity of the issues he raises within his own script, mark him out as a talent to watch in the future.

Unfortunately, he is let down somewhat by the acting, which is not first rate. While his young lead (a real sufferer of Tourettes Syndrome) gives a heartfelt performance, Noel Fitzpatrick as the doctor isn't nearly as convincing, failing to convince he is the tortured soul he makes out (not helped by the fact he doesn't look much like a doctor). In truth, the performance of the youngsters puts the older, supposedly more professional actors, to shame.

Booth, however, makes up for this with his script which, although it perhaps needed another draft, has enough to it to make it both thought-provoking and provocative. The paradoxical comparisons he draws between youthful ambition in the face of adversity and the slow surrendering of a life unfulfilled is both ironic and moving, and, if his actual dialogue is occasionally naive, it shouldn't be discounted, especially as a lot of it is based on real experiences. Equally, his skill in making the most of what was virtually a zero-budget (watch out particularly for an ingenious get-around for the scene with an ambulance) bodes well for the future.

It's not perfect. It's rough around the edges and has a few clumsy moments, but it's certainly a promising debut and I look forward to seeing where Booth takes his obvious talent in the future.