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Jon Sanders, Back to the Garden, 2013

Back To The Garden

18 May 201428 May 2014

'A low-budget, intimate chamber piece that says a lot more about its subject matter than many better-financed projects. A work of quiet achievement'
- Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard
'Jon Sanders returns with another valuable, serious example of high-minded, low-budget British ensemble drama... delicate, sober and thoughtful'
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

It is a year since the death of an inspirational theatre director and teacher, and his widow is struggling to come to terms with her loss. A group of close friends, many of whom are or were actors, come to spend the weekend with her to offer their support and to celebrate his memory in an entertaining and moving performance before they scatter his ashes in the garden. The events of the day trigger different responses from all of them and bring to the fore their dreams, disappointments and unfulfilled relationships. In coming together they attempt to find consolation and some kind of resolution to the complications of their own lives. Back to the Garden is both a meditation on love and loss and an evocation of the joys and sadnesses of later life, and these themes are explored with humour and tenderness by the improvising cast.

This film is the third in director Jon Sander’s trilogy, all shot in Kent and made for very little money, shooting over a short period, using long takes, digital camera and improvised dialogue. 

Back to the Garden, dir. Jon Sanders, UK 2013, 95 mins

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