THE PRETEND ONE

Australia

Official Panorama Section

Director: Tony Prescott
Year: 2017
Duration: 86′
Language: Original Version / Spanish subtitles
Genre: Drama

Synopsis

A coming of age drama about Charlie and Hugo who are aged in their 20’s and live in a rural town in Central Queensland. They’ve been best friends their whole lives. There’s just one thing – Hugo is Charlie’s imaginary friend. Though their relationship has always been platonic, when Charlie begins to fall for Guy, a producer from the city scouting for a TV documentary series – Hugo realises he’s in love with Charlie. He sets about trying to win her for himself but it’s obvious he can’t compete in the real world. He decides that the only way to win Charlie back is to become real himself. He tests out his boundaries, tries moving objects and learns that he can channel energy when he becomes emotional. But as he moves closer and closer to becoming real, he pushes the girl he loves further away. Talking to someone others can’t see has always caused Charlie to be outcast in her town. In a heartfelt moment with her father, who has been distant since her mother’s tragic death in her childhood, Hugo realises that she can’t grow while he is around. He realises he was meant to help her through that difficult period, not be with her forever.

Director’s Biography

Tony Prescott Tony graduated from a Masters of Film and Video Production from UTS with honours, he was then accepted into the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School to complete the directing course with a distinction. In 2016 Tony completed Legacy – A Ride To Conquer Motor Neurone Disease, a full-length documentary. This film has already captured the hearts of audiences across Australia with its ‘enduring spirit’ tale of two young men facing a terminal disease. Tony’s debut dramatic feature film The Pretend One, the story of a imaginary friend who falls in love with the girl who creates him and fights to become real to win her back was completed in 2017. Having moved to New York and with momentum gathering, Tony is in development for two more films through his production house Tee Pot Films.

Festivals and Awards

2011 BAFTA TV Award por mejor director multi cámara en Coronation Street (1960)
2006 premio al logro especial en los British Soap Awards por sus servicios a la industria.


SCREENING

Saturday 3rd Nov
20:30h
CAIXAFORUM