My Dearest Jean

In a small town in Kent, England, 1946, the world is still on edge after the destruction of World War Two and everyone is doing their part, attempting to fix the aftermath. American soldiers are still based close to Europe and a lot of these young men found themselves falling in Love with beautiful young local women. Cali, an American officer does just this, he falls in love with a local girl from the town of Gillingham. Jean, a beautiful sixteen year old waitress, a hardworking, lower-class, loving individual stands out from everyone in the crowd. Although Jean catches the eye of another young man Jim Yale, a middle class young man troubled by a stutter and rebelling against his fathers wishes by lowing himself to work in a garage instead of taking the well paid office job his siblings jumped at. Both men find himself falling in love with the same girl, but only true love will win. A romantic period drama based on a true story.

  • Christian Whittaker
    Director
  • Christian Whittaker
    Writer
  • Jennifer Wilkie
    Writer
  • Christian Whittaker
    Producer
  • David Bispham
    Producer
  • Nick Davey
    Key Cast
  • Jayne Domingo
    Key Cast
  • Jasmine Powers
    Score
  • Thomas Webster
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Christian Whittaker

My Name is Christian Whittaker.

I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2011 with a 2:1 in Film and Television Production (Directing). I have been working in the television and Film industry for over five years now.

I am from Canterbury, Kent in England which is beautiful but not a lot of filming happens in my neck of the woods. I come from a working class background, with my mother as a hairdresser and my dad a lorry driver, they have been extremely supportive despite the difficulty of this industry. At the age of 21 I left my home and moved to London in pursue of my life time dream of working in the film industry. After a lot of persistance and networking I finally got my entrance gig into running on a film in Swindon, where I worked for free and was able to impress the team enough to get on the next job and so on and so on.

I started as a runner and I have been working my way up to Assistant Director so far in pursuit of Directing professionally. I have been directing short films and music videos and have been fortunate enough to be trusted with directing Second Unit days with various professional productions.

I am hopping across the stepping stones and taking every job as it comes and loving each one of them, although each job I do, gets better and better and I learn more and more every time; which I am sure will never stop. I love what I do and the world we in television and film live in and couldn't imagine doing anything else with my time.

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Director Statement

I love getting lost in the time space that exists within cinema. Travelling through different eras and meeting different people fascinates me. I could quite easily sit in a coffee shop and watch people for hours, making up stories about their life, what sort of character they are? what sort of story their life would be. When the short film "My Dearest Jean" came up it was very close to my heart as it was based on how my great grandparents met in a time of such hardship. It follows their life straight after the second world war and how they are dealing with life in their class system but still managed to find love. To me this a magical Romantic Period Drama that has so much room for more depth and expansion on a larger scale. I learnt so much when directing this film about how to create loveable protagonists with characters progression in a short time period.

The screenplay was written by myself and Jennifer Wilkie based on the real letters of Jim and Jean which they sent to one another. Each letter from Jim started "My Dearest Jean", they spent over sixty years deeply in love and it was such a beautiful story I just felt it was not something I could keep to myself. I hope that everyone who watches this film feels a great warmth and kindness to the characters and an understanding of the time in which most of us have missed.