The Lark

  • Garrett Hunter
  • Garrett Hunter
  • Garrett Hunter / Max Orlewicz
  • Garrett Hunter
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    5 minutes
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    May 31, 2016
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  • Shakespeare Festival
    August 2, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Visual Language Ltd
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Garrett Hunter

Originally from Dunlaoghaire in Ireland, Garrett lived in England, Australia, France & Croatia before settling in Poland in 2014. Primarily a scriptwriter and with an MA in Scriptwriting, Garrett recently took to filming his own scripts. His first film Tree of Life won a Special Jury award at the Wolf International film Festival in Lithuania in 2015.

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Director Statement

Firstly I feel I should apologise for calling myself the writer on this project, the person who really deserves the writing credit died 400 years ago and if I could stay alive to improve my writing for another 400 years I would remain in his shadow. William Shakespeare’s brilliance was in part due to the ageless quality of his writing. And so when I struggled to find the words to put into the mind of a man familiar to us all, a homeless man, it was the Bard, Shakespeare who came to my aide.
My original script for the visual elements of The Lark is 21 years old! Then set in Australia’s Sydney Harbour it told the story of a man who fell overboard from his daily commute on a harbour ferry and was thereby consigned to live out his days floating in the harbour and battling seagulls for the scraps of food floating on the water. It would have been impossible to film without a substantial budget and so became another one of those projects to be left ‘in the drawer’.
It would have been nice to think that 21 years later the homeless problem in our cities might have diminished, of course we know the contrary to be true. As fellow writers will know there are some project’s which will never let you rest. These projects are always niggling you, demanding to be revisited, to be shown the light of day; The Lark was one such project.
It may be overly ambitious, even idealistic of me to hope that upon watching The Lark you will see the next homeless person you pass in the street in a different light. To see them for a moment as something more than an annoyance, to consider who they are and who they were and who they may have loved and been loved by.