By Stuart Drennan
Official Selection 2012
As the advancement of technology continues to accelerate at an astronomical pace, Analogue Love tells the story of a television set that has been left behind by society. Carelessly dumped and forgotten about, except by Maggie (Emma Rigby). It doesn’t matter how many pixels it can muster, or whether it’s HD or 3D. Maggie loves her TV. And it loves her. Narrated by Bernard Hill and featuring up and coming talent such as Emma Rigby and Emmett J Scanlan, Analogue Love was made for £700 and yet has bucket loads of heart, charm and love.
About the director
“Looking back now, it’s difficult to put a precise moment on when Analogue Love truly sprung into life.
I had this simple, yet heart warming story, that felt stronger than anything I’d written or directed up to this point and it felt like it needed the strongest cast I could assemble. I found myself thinking of local talent and coming up short. My mind wandered and I thought of the greatest people I could fill the role with. Forgetting constraints of money, fame or time, I figured – all they can say is no…
I wrote a begging letter. Stuck the script into an envelope with it. And sent it away. It was complete shot in the dark and one I never imagined to pay off – but it did. Big time.
I received a phone from the Agent of Bernard Hill. I was completely bewildered and ecstatic. Things started to roll from there. We were lucky enough then to be able to cast Emma Rigby, an enormously talented and enduring actress and Emmett J Scanlan who’s now making his name on Emma’s old soap, Hollyoaks, and with festival favourite Charlie Cassanova.
And so came together a blessed film that was cobbled together by extreme good fortune and hard work.
When I think back, the whole process is summed up in one moment for me. I was sitting with headphones on. Listening to my script being performed. Life was being breathed into the words in the exact way I’d always imagined them. I couldn’t help but smile. Then Bernard finished, looked at me and said, ‘Happy?’. ‘Yeah, I’m happy.’”