Man in the Chair is written by Tom Mackintosh and directed by James Walker and Sam
Ebner-Landy. The screenplay is based on a short story written by Tom when he was a
teenager, which, after discussion with James, was decided to be an intriguing,
interesting and important story ideally suited to the form of a short film. For the three of
them, this story and its theme of isolation was the perfect vehicle in which to explore
and experiment with subjective cinema.
James, Sam and Tom have collaborated a number of times in the past, most notably on
their film “The Switch”1, which was penned by Tom and directed by both Sam and James
for their final year at University. Tom and James have established an effective working
partnership, having additionally produced four theatrical plays – one of which was
performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 – and numerous short videos
together. The three work incredibly well together as a team, and share complementary
aesthetic styles which mesh well in the development of this film.
in our national history, and in so doing draw attention to perhaps otherwise neglected
issues surrounding the treatment of the elderly and individuals suffering due to their
mental health, the damaging indirect effects of war, and, more directly, the subjective
experience of bereavement. The film is pitched entirely within Alf’s point of view, and as
a result his reality becomes their own as an audience They share in his grim visions, and
are taken on a journey in which they are unsure of that which is “real” within
the world of the film and that which is purely psychological.
In part, the film acts as a retrospective, and in many ways is intended to highlight the
progress that we have made as a society in our approach to mental health care when
compared with the period depicted. Indeed, they wish to reflect and draw upon the
poignancy of those members of society during that period who were largely forgotten by
history; the relatives of those young soldiers whose lives were snuffed out so cruelly and
suddenly. While we annually mourn the tragedy of the war’s direct casualties we tend to
forget the indirect casualties of such a war, in the fatal mental health issues incurred by
such traumatising events.
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