Tipped for this year’s Edinburgh international festival, this sweeping drama from Matthew Barker will put a new twist on the traditional music film by telling the story of a promising young musician from Scotland, who falls in love with a rebel outcast.
Based on an original idea by British singer-songwriter singer-songwriter Aidan Moffat, and rising Scottish actor Calum McDonald, the characters are both Scottish, having starred in the film in their respective roles.
It tells the story of Jake Harkes, a talented but neglected young guitarist from a poor background who goes to the west coast of Scotland in search of self-fulfillment. His dream is to become a young Jack White, with rising star Mandy Stack coming to play rock heroine Jeanine Orpenette. Her origins are complex but her love for herself is bigger than love for anyone else. When they meet, their one true friendship becomes a passion for love and for peace.
Matthew Barker who plays Jake, and Calum McDonald play Mandy and Jeanine respectively
Overture Films will release the film in US cinemas in spring of 2020, with a UK release to follow.
Harkes (Moffat) is the kind of folk rock artist who has a devoted following as well as a few who love him because he represents something different. But he also has a long way to go before he gets there.
One thing is certain, he’s going to get there.”
Born in Hoggart, Ayrshire, the author of the novel Sundown also won the National Book Awards in 2017 for his short story collection Basements of the Unseen Heart. He also took the $100,000 Story Prize for Basements of the Unseen Heart last year.
And Just Like That is being directed by Matthew Barker, the young Scottish director whose debut feature Synchronicity (2017) earned him a prestigious Atlas Prize for Young Filmmakers.
And Just Like That features an all-star cast including Aidan Moffat (Basement of the Unseen Heart), Lisa McAtasney (The Circle), Matthew Margolis (Seymour: An Introduction), Calum McDonald (Unbroken), Niall Coulthurst (Tigerland), Natasha Little (Game of Thrones), Clara Gillis (Game of Thrones), and Sally Phillips (Bates Motel).
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) dubbed the project a “love letter to the surrounding landscape” saying that the film “marks the directorial debut of a debut feature filmmaker from Scotland and showcases a unique take on a family story that tackles today’s popular music.”
The official film site details a “hooked on music” storyline and a sensual, cinematic style that brings powerful visuals to dramatic and gentle performances. It will be “the soundtrack to your life,” its website promises.
Watch the trailer here