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Perfectly Frank

Perfectly Frank is a quirky, off beat, romance set in Southport 2019 with a heavy influence of musicals from the 50’s and 60’s.

Through our hero Franks eyes we see the world in a beautiful, magical and musical way. 18 year old Frank, suffers agoraphobia and has been raised by his Grandad on a diet of 50’s and 60’s musicals which they both adore. Frank faces a number of challenges and can only leave their house when holding his Grandads hand.

Now Grandad is sick Frank must find a way to leave the house alone. Could the blossoming romance between him and foul mouthed lovable chav Lily be the way he can do just that.

  • Luke Rufo
    Luke has worked for all the major terrestrial British television channels over the past 16 years creating documentaries and current affairs programming in many areas from filming with refugee orphans in Greece to making a one hour documentary about the largest car crash on British roads. You can see his showreel here
  • Luke Rufo
  • Klare Rufo
    Klare has worked in education for many years and has significant experience of running large scale events such as the Knowsley Shakespeare festival and a number of Liverpool city of culture comedy programmes. She is also the director of a stand up comedy collective and quirky k designs.
  • Martin Gratton
    Musical director
    Martin is a Liverpool-based composer for media, whose work encompasses a diverse range of genres from contemporary classical to atmospheric soundscapes. My music is regularly heard worldwide on BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Disney Channel, ESPN, Fox Network, REELZ and in TV and radio commercials.
  • Connor Simkins
    Key Cast
    "Frank "
    His past film and theatre credits include: Tom in Discretion (DM Filming), Ariel in The Tempest (MATE Productions and Shakespeare North), Title role in Robin Hood (National Trust Collaboration), We’re here because we’re here (National Theatre, Street Performance), Delirium Tremendous (Music video for Felix Hagen and the Family)
  • David Knopov
    Key Cast
    "Grandad "
    David performed in a new wave band in the 70s and was signed to Sire Records. He has supported bands such as The Undertones, The Pretenders, Ultra Vox, 999, Joy Division and many more. David has a fine art degree and had a healthy art career from the early 80s to the mid 90s with global exhibitions and many graphic works published. David’s clients include: Factory Records Virgin Polydor MPL Mojo Magazine Elle Magazine David’s acting skills include cameo roles in: Liam Suzy Hold Danny and The Human Zoo
  • Daisy Gill
    Key Cast
    Daisy Gill is a 20-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter/ Actor from Liverpool. She began her musical journey aged just 12 years old, performing at local festivals and any open mic that would have her. Since then she has developed into a young performer, going from strength to strength. Her distinctive vintage style is always eye-catching, demonstrating a flair and grace not only with her performance skills but with her sense of style. She has recently just finished her debut EP "Twisted Lies & Lullabies" which is a country-pop infused EP. Through the years Daisy has accomplished many things, however, one of her biggest achievements so far has been performing her own songs at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • Marie Critchley
    Key Cast
    "Dr Rachael"
    Marie Critchley Known for Playing Sue Walker in the BAFTA award winning In The Flesh for BBC 3 and Ruth Price in the adaptation of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Other work includes South Riding, The Street, The Accused, Don't Take My Baby, Lilies, Ripper Street and Wallander. Film includes The Last Hangman. Marie also plays DC Leigh in Coronation Street and has done since 2009.
  • Geraldine Moloney-Judge
    Key Cast
    "Mrs Jones "
    Geraldine Moloney Judge has 30 years experience of performing.Geraldine trained with Dublin Youth Theatre, National Youth Theatre Ireland, Gaiety School of Acting Dublin and Acting Out at the Everyman Theatre Liverpool. Geraldine has played Bernadette Conway in Maeve Binchy's Echoes for CH4, Borderline for RTE television and Mary Donovan in yet to be seen 4th floor productions Extra Extra. Films include Victims and Sibling Blues Geraldine has written and performed her one woman show Obscured View about football for various festivals, including the Liverpool Irish Arts Festival and for BBC Radio Merseyside and RTE television.
  • Ste Webster
    Director of photography
    Ste has worked for over a decade in the camera department on films and commercials of all sizes with the last 6 years leading him to create more exhilarating visuals as Director of Photography leading to awards in his field. He is based in Liverpool which is where he primarily works.
  • Alan Pugh
    A former musical theatre performer Alan turned his sights to teaching and helped several West End performers achieve their dreams and now specialises in community dance and runs his own musical theatre company 3D Arts. Alan has Choreographed The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra concert tour ‘Night at the movies’ & The Royal Liverpool Orchestra ‘Night at the musicals’. To date, Alan has Choreographed full Musicals such as Westside Story, Peter Pan, Copacabana, Disco Inferno, Summer Holiday, Grease & Loserville.
  • Shelby Walker
    Production Designer
    Based in Warrington fresh face to the industry and the baby of the group, Shelby has spent 6 months working in the art department of a professional production company. She has worked with a number of high profile clients, and now works on a freelance basis.
  • India Greenhalgh
    First AD
    With 7 years experience as a freelance photographer/videographer and researcher based in Manchester at BBC and ITV India is continuing to carve out an exciting career specialising in creating visuals for social media campaigns and directing in T.V.
  • Danny Howard
    Associate Producer
    Danny has worked for 30 years as a photographer/digital artist photographing in a studio/wedding and events, then turning hand to being a sales executive working with local businesses in Southport helping them to promote themselves. He's also worked as a Rufus Hound lookalike, appearing on Celebrity Juice in 2011.
  • Jim Page
    Editor and vfx supervisor
    Jim's feature film credits include THE PUGILIST, nominated for the ‘Michael Powell Best British Film Award’ at the 71st Edinburgh Film Festival, 2:HRS and OFF PISTE. Short films he's cut have been nominated for the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hitchcock d'Or at Dinard Film Festival, and have screened at festival worldwide including London Film Festival, Raindance and New York. He's also cut many documentaries for the BBC and CH4, plus commercials for Sony, Disney and Red Bull.
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  • Genres:
    Musicals, Drama, romance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 44 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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    Digital 2k
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Director Biography - Luke Rufo

Luke Rufo is an award winning Writer/ Producer/ Director who is mainly known for his documentaries and current affairs programming with ITV and BBC. Luke has found success in documentaries working as a Producer/Director for ITV's multi award winning Tonight programme.

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Director Statement

Perfectly Frank has been a project of love, friendship and determination. We have spent the last 18 months planning and shooting and have involved some of the most amazing people in the process to finally finish shooting the film in October. Our overall budget has been 20k (8k my wife and I put in ourselves and 12k raised in one year via gofundme) but don’t let this micro budget put you off, the film is all shot in 2K and the equipment hired to us free of charge from provision in Manchester amounted to over 200k, this little film has seriously expensive production values.

The film has taught us one fantastic thing, that the world is full to the brim of beautiful, kind supportive people - one musical number we did in Hesketh Park saw almost 500 extras turn up, in 50’s clothes all having pre learned a hand dance online! So many people gave their time and money to make this possible! Locally we gained the nickname of “the little film that can”!