Another filmmaker we’ll be working with again is London-based award winning director, photographer and writer Tom Beard. After co-producing his last short film RAGS ,with Size 9 films, we jumped at the chance to help bring his debut feature to the screen.
Tom conceived and developed TWO FOR JOY over the last five years, through a series of short films and photo projects. As Tom explains in an interview with Wonderland Magazine “I try to be as honest as possible with what I shoot,” and it’s this honesty that has allowed him to un-voyeuristically explore the consequences of some serious, British, topical themes that are often short-changed by the government – Mental Illness, Young Carers and Child Abuse.
Tom has written of his debut feature; TWO FOR JOY is a journey to reconciliation as an increasingly strained relationship between a teenage daughter, her bed-ridden mother and her rascal younger brother reaches critical mass – something must give.
Tom’s first photographic commission was at seventeen and he spent his formative years snapping record covers for Florence and The Machine (collaborating on GRAMMY nominated artwork), Jamie T and Adele. Simultaneously, Tom became a much in-demand music video director, creating critically lauded and widely seen work for Florence and The Machine, All Saints and winning a VMA AWARD for his work with FKA Twigs.
Also attached is Des Hamilton (THIS IS ENGLAND, NYMPHOMANIAC, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) – one of the leading casting directors in the British film industry, known for unearthing unknown acting talent ,with an eye for street casting. As Vice interview explains, Des is “a big Glaswegian man who enjoys swearing. He’s also cast some of the best films of the past decade, working alongside directors like Shane Meadows, Lars von Trier, Gaspar Noë and Lynne Ramsey.”