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The Long Road

The Long Road is a life affirming road-movie. A dying man takes a road trip back home from London to Belfast; along the way people teach him that it’s never too late to make the most of life.

The Long Road is the 2nd Feature Film from award winning writer/director Craig Griffith. The film starring Paul Mundell, Phoebe McIntosh, Michael Langridge, Tony Osoba (Porridge) & Bernard Holley (Dr. Who).

  • Craig Griffith
    Through The Looking Glass, Ghost in the Machine, The Nightvision Experiment, Little Blue Spot
  • Craig Griffith
    Through The Looking Glass, The Nightvision Experiment, Little Blue Spot
  • Craig Griffith
    Through The Looking Glass, Ghost in the Machine, The Nightvision Experiment, Little Blue Spot
  • Oliver Crocker
    Experienced Producer/Director, Shooter and Writer. Oliver graduated from York St. John's University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre, Film & Television Studies in 2007. His debut feature film, Tanner (2007), was nominated for several Best Film awards at Film Festivals worldwide. He produced the 30 minute documentary 'Dad's Army' & Beyond: The Frank Williams Story (2008) which premiered at the BFI's prestigious National Film Theatre. Television credits include two series of prime time Sky1 show The Real A&E (2008), the Discovery ratings smash Wartime London with Harry Harris (2009), the BBC1 documentary My Story (2010) and 40 episodes of the BBC2 show Something for the Weekend (2006). In 2011 he became Producer for Tiger Films, the filming division for Digital Media Services in London. He produces the movie series The Big Picture (2011), directing red carpet premiere shoots and conducting interviews with the biggest stars.
  • Paul Mundell
    Key Cast
    "Guy Harris"
    Paul trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include The French Detective and the Blue Dog (Theatre Royal Bath, The Egg), Flies (Pins and Needles and Tobacco Factory, Bristol), Muscle (Hull Truck and Bristol Old Vic), Alice Through The Looking Glass (Theatre Royal Bath, The Egg), Spyski (Peepolykus/Lyric Hammersmith), A Christmas Carol and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Tobacco Factory, Bristol), Beauty And The Beast (Creation Theatre Company), Kindertransport (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Can of Worms (Strange Bedfellows/BAC), Fallen Angels (Big State Theatre), The Chronicles of Hoggett & Webb (Innerroom Theatre Company), Eggshell Blues (Theatre West), Twelfth Night & Hamlet (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Big Telly Theatre Company) and Come Rain, Come Shine (The Shakespeare Revue Company). Film credits include Small Talk, The Sad Case, The Call, and Hammered. Television credits include Inside the Titanic (Dangerous Films Ltd/Discovery/Channel 5). Radio includes The Quest, Anesthesia, Faust, On The Field, Cavity, Perfect Day, J’Accuse and Poetry Please (all BBC Radio 4).
  • Phoebe Mcintosh
    Key Cast
    2018, Feature Film, Rosie, THE LONG ROAD, The Workshop Presents, Craig Griffith, 2018, Stage, Layla, DOMINOES, Black Theatre Live & Lighthouse, Poole, Stephen Wrentmore Stage, Layla, DOMINOES, Tara Arts Theatre, Ann Akin Stage, Ruby, A SECRET LIFE, Theatre 503, Joanna Turner Stage, Cami, THE TEA DIARIES, The Tea House Theatre, Natalie Loader Stage, Geri, IT'S NO JOKE, The Lost Theatre, Keith Palmer Stage, Clare, I'M A LONDONER, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Sam Bevitt, 2018, Short Film, Lara, CORDCUTTER, Elena Bolster 2018, Short Film, Sophia, TERMINAL POINT, The Workshop Presents, Craig Griffith Short Film, Maya, 3 DAYS, Watering Can media, Paul Burt Short Film, Niece, A WORLD APART, Academy Films, Martin De Thurah Short Film, Jen, STARRY EYED, Stonemotion Productions, Louise Cousins Short Film, She (Lead), THE QUESTION, Motion Picture House, Danann Breathnach Short Film, Alesha, FOUNDATIONS, Watering Can Media, Paul Burt Short Film, Jo, LORRAINE, NFTS, Julius Amedume Short Film, Sam, STILL BORN, Stonemotion Productions, Louise Cousins
  • Tony Osoba
    Key Cast
    Doctor Who to Porridge to Dempsey & Makepeace to Doctor Who (again) and many more in-between we are honoured to have Tony on board as Bryn, the gruff car mechanic who turns out to be a father figure for Guy. Tony has played a widely ranging variety of roles, from the comic to the seriously dramatic, from Shakespeare to contemporary drama, from stage musicals to television ‘soaps’. Some of the roles that have made him a familiar face to television audiences were Jock McLaren in three series of the Ronnie Barker BBC sitcom PORRIDGE, Det. Sgt. Chas Jarvis in three series of DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE, an extended run as Peter Ingram in CORONATION STREET, Mr. Smith in the final series of THE DEMON HEADMASTER and Omar Fayazz in FAMILY AFFAIRS. In well over 200 television appearances, Tony has been a regular in other series such as Freddie in MAKING NEWS, Ahmed in FLAME TREES OF THIKA, Marvin in FRAN’S PEOPLE, Commander Branko in DINOTOPIA, David Byrne in GRUEY TWOEY, Colonel Flores in A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME and has guested in many, many other shows including MERSEYBEAT, DOCTOR WHO, BERGERAC, DOCTORS, HOLBY CITY, THE CLEOPATRAS, TAGGART, BRIDGEMAN, CASUALTY, BUGS, ARABIAN NIGHTS, BETWEEN THE LINES, RESNICK and WAKING THE DEAD, with recent appearances as Superintendent Smith in HOLLYOAKS, THE BILL and THE SHADOW LINE.
  • Bernard Holley
    Key Cast
    Bernard Holley is an instantly recognizable English actor who has worked consistently in television and theatre for more than 40 years. His television appearances include Z-Cars (for 4 years) Doctor Who, Elizabeth R, Now and Then, Birds of a Feather (two series), Carry on Laughing, Ahead of the Class, The Gentle Touch (two series), A Touch of Frost, Casualty, The Bill and recent roles in Holby City and Doctors, plus two new Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions. He has worked in theatres all over the country including Brighton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Derby, and Norwich. Recent theatre includes John Galsworthy's "The Mob" at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. His West End appearances include My Fat Friend, Wife Begins at Forty, and Noises Off. In Mar/Apr this year (2011) he returned once more to the Orange Tree Theatre to play Mr Pendleton in the highly acclaimed "Mary Broome" by Alan Monkhouse. He has presented dozens of Corporate Videos working for many UK and international Blue Chip companies. He has voiced hundreds of TV and Radio commercials, as well as Corporates and Promos. He recently voiced the Television campaign for the Playstation 3 game LittleBigPlanet.
  • Michael Langridge
    Key Cast
    "Brian Harris"
    © the workshop presents… T - 07969133074 Brian Harris – Michael Langridge Mike has appeared in numerous plays over the past thirty years and worked with many notable Directors including, Alan Clarke, Tom Stoppard, Ken Ives, Robin Duval, Carol Wiseman, Miles Brown, George Mulley, Mike Custance and Cecil Hayter. THEATRE includes: Translations, Heartbreak House, All My Sons, Faith Healer, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Death And The Maiden, Good, Butley, Macbeth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Othello, Oh What A Lovely War, A View From The Bridge, Waltz Of The Torreadors, Antigone, As You Like It, Bedroom Farce, Coriolanus, The Crucible, Dark Of The Moon, When We Dead Awaken, Deathwatch, The Devil’s Disciple, Destiny, The Dogs Of Pavlov, Don Juan, Edward II, Faust, The Front Page, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern, Hamlet, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, The Garden Room , The Children Of Saturn, Hotel In Amsterdam, A Mad World My Masters, The Just, Major Barbara, The Malcontent, Measure For Measure, The Merchant Of Venice, Moby Dick, Moonshipt, Mother Courage, The Promise, The Real Death Of Sherlock Holmes, Strange Snow, Festen, Three Sisters, Romeo And Juliet, Silence, The Taming Of The Shrew, Treats, Yerma, Broken Glass. AS DIRECTOR: The Hired Man, Pack of Lies, Noises Off, Privates On Parade, The Crucible, Lady Betty, Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, Sweeney Todd and Mrs Warren’s Profession - (Pre Production for 2013) TV: Brandt, Dogs of Pavlov, Streuth, Eastenders, The Lunatic Fringe FILM: Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance, Through The Looking Glass, Twelve Point Seven (In Production), The Long Road (In Production)
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    Road Movie, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Craig Griffith

Craig made his feature film debut with horror film THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. The film screened and has been nominated at festivals worldwide and won the award for Best Horror at SBFF 2007. It has since been picked up for Worldwide Rights by US distributor Continuum and has recently been released on DVD/VOD at Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Target, Turner Classic Movies and several other retailers in the US. It has also been picked up by Video Plugger for TV deals.

Craig has recently completed his second feature film; a road movie called THE LONG ROAD. The British Council is currently screening the film for festival programmers such as Sundance, Berlinale and sales agents.

In 2012 Craig co-created and directed The Nightvision Experiment, an on-line horror experience developed in conjunction with Channel 4 and PlayThisNext starring Keith Allen (Trainspotting), Shazad Latif (Star Trek Discovery) and Ray Quinn. It was voted no.7 in the London Film Review top 10 of 2013.

Craig also created Terrortube, a You Tube channel showcasing short horror films and co-founded production company Go Faster Stripe directing live comedy DVDs for artists such as Stewart Lee, Richard Herring (available on Netflix), Simon Munnery and Robin Ince.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - Worldwide distribution by Continuum Pictures. Released on DVD/VOD in the US last year and available at retailers such as Walmart, Target, Barnes and Nobles and Turner Classic Movies. Tv distribution by Video Plugger
Screenings: Winner of Best Horror SBFF 2007, Everglade Film Festival South Africa and more.
LITTLE BLUE SPOT - Winner of Best Student Film and Best Comedy at the 1997 SFF. Screenings at such festivals as the BBC Short Film Festival, the Brest Film Festival in France and VOD Dublin.

THE LONG ROAD: Currently with The British Council who are screening it for festival programmers and sales agents.

EVOLUTION CELL: In development with Executive Producer Philip Goldfarb and Banshee Productions.

TERRORtUBE: A collection of short horror films for the You Tube channel.

NIGHTVISION: Transmedia Horror starring Keith Allen (Trainspotting), Shazad Latif (Star Trek Discovery) and Ray Quinn. It was voted no.7 in the London Film Review top 10 of 2013.

GHOST IN THE MACHINE: Horror short in post-production with Banshee Productions.
SCARRED: Music promo for Johnette Napolitano formerly of Concrete Blonde.

CLEAR: Music promo for Invisible Hands Records. Produced by Angelic.

GAMEBOX: Music promo. A promo for DJ Svarre broadcast on MTV

HONEY: Promo for Rachel Stamp.

RADIO: Test commercial for radio station X fm

STACY 6: Music promo for Adjustment Team.
GO FASTER STRIPE: Directing live comedy DVDs for artists such as Stewart Lee, Richard Herring (available on Netflix), Simon Munnery and Robin Ince.

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Director Statement

I see this film as a poignant life-affirming tale that shows us that it is never too late to make the most of life, even at the end. It’s almost an adventure film but with a quest for self-discovery rather than a hidden treasure. It also deals with fathers and sons and the journeys that they must go through to find any kind of peace and reconciliation.

Although the subject matter deals with impending death and dysfunctional family the audience should feel invigorated, upbeat and even inspired. Tonally I wanted the film to be light, filled with the kind of humour that rings true to life and has a growing sense of fun, wonderment and the thrill of the road.

What attracted me to telling this story is the character arc that Guy has to go through to find himself. I felt this was a character that gave a good opportunity to explore the idea of someone who isn’t making the most of their life and how they would go about putting things right.

At the beginning of his journey Guy is a closed damaged individual, almost like a machine as cold and robotic as the city around him devoid of any real feelings. Along the way he begins to heal and gradually loosens up discovering emotions long since buried and finally becomes a man capable of facing up to his past mistakes.

The characters he meets teach him lessons, each representing either a side of himself or of his dad. His encounters with each of them show him something that he needs to understand and learn before he can move on and make his peace. For example, Bryn is a surrogate father figure that allows Guy to understand his own dad’s point of view and Rosie is the person Guy could’ve been if he’d made different choices.

By the end with the barriers finally stripped away we get to see who he really is. The arrogant unpleasant person we meet at the beginning has grown before our eyes and blossomed into a sympathetic, less controlling and very likable character. He has become more human, more us.

My aim with the film is to take the audience on a emotional roller coaster where they follow the story of a man that at first they don’t even like but as things progress they find themselves drawn to him once his better side is revealed. As his death draws near they are moved by him, saddened at the loss of a man they were once at odds with, a man who given time they would’ve come to call a friend. I feel that this will give the story a greater emotional depth and take the audience on a more satisfying and surprising journey. If nothing else I want the audience to leave the film with a large smile having laughed, cried and realised that you have to live every moment like its your last.