Private Project

Sticky

Backed and funded by Creative England, Film London and BFI.

TAGLINE

Lost in fantasy, Karen’s crush on the postman is about to get sticky. A suburban tale of lust, parcels and chewing gum.

SYNOPSIS

Growing up is never easy, especially when your Mum’s a nymphomaniac, you’re stuck on a housing estate in Sheffield and Margaret Thatcher is in power. So when 15 year old Karen spots a new Postman delivering to her street, his arrival provides welcome relief to the crushing mediocrity from which she so desperately hopes to escape.

Her crush on the postman is instant. But too terrified to act on her feelings, and with a rampant mother on the prowl, she formulates a plan for how to land her prize. He barely knows she exists, but right now that’s just a complication.

As her obsession grows, she begins sending herself packages for him to deliver – the symbolism of him bringing them to her is not lost on her hopelessly romantic mind. But no matter how hard she tries to be first to the door to intercept the mail, other factors thwart her. As her lust for Paul blossoms, Karen begins a bizarre ritual: collecting and saving his discarded chewing gum. The question is… just what is she doing with it?

Spurred on by his daily visits she slips into vivid fantasies featuring Paul – her sex-charged visions gaining power and realism with every piece of his saliva-soaked gum she takes. But with limited experience of sex (besides having to hear her mother bonking all and sundry through her bedroom wall) Karen’s fantasies are their own unique twist on reality. Inspired by pop videos, Dallas, and other imported 80s soaps, they’re a hyper-colour VHS world with Fat Larry’s ‘Zoom’ on loop: a window into the mind of a teenage girl in 1982.

Darkly comic, Sticky is a tale of sexual awakening set in early 80s Britain against a backdrop of obsession, awkwardness and teenage angst.

SHORT SYNOPSIS

When Karen develops a crush on the postman delivering to her road it becomes clear she has to come up with a plan to get his attention. Spurred on by his daily visits she slips into a vivid fantasy world, Sticky is a tale of sexual awakening set in early 80’s Britain against a backdrop of obsession, awkwardness and teenage angst.

MEDIUM SYNOPSIS

15 year old Karen develops a crush on the postman delivering to her road. Too terrified to act on her feelings she starts sending herself packages for him to deliver. But as her lust for Paul blossoms, she begins a bizarre ritual: collecting, and saving, his discarded chewing gum.
Spurred on by his daily visits she slips into vivid fantasies featuring Paul – her sex-charged visions gaining power and realism with every piece of his saliva soaked gum she takes.

Darkly comic, Sticky is a tale of sexual awakening set in early 80’s Britain against a backdrop of obsession, awkwardness and teenage angst.

  • MR RICHARD TURLEY
    Director
    Darklight (short), Strings (short), Mingmong (short)
  • Richard Turley
    Writer
  • Natalie Blass
    Producer
  • Alexa Davies
    Key Cast
    Raised by Wolves
  • Tom Machell
    Key Cast
  • Elizabeth Berrington
    Key Cast
  • Stefan Yap
    Director of Photography
  • Sarah Peczek
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Collant (FR) / Pegajoso (ES)
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    19,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.7:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • London Short Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 14, 2017
    World Premiere
  • East End Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    June 10, 2017
  • Leeds Film Festival
    Leeds
    United Kingdom
  • Dingle Film Festival
    Dingle
    Ireland
    Ireland
  • Encounters Bristol (Creative England Showcase)
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
  • Cambridge Film Festival
    Cambridge
    United Kingdom
Director Biography

Richard’s first foray into filmmaking was a predictably troubling attempt to remake Alien using Playmobil and a plasticine effigy of the school librarian and was shot mute on his grandfather’s old 8mm cine camera. Luckily it didn’t put him off and thanks to a diet of rural isolation Roald Dahl books and a twin brother, fantasy became his friend.

Since then Richard’s done rather well – a fourteen year career in broadcasting at the BBC and freelance, which has sent him round the world and back; and recently four bold short films to his name that have led to screenings and awards at home and abroad. With a proven track record in creatively bringing great projects to screen, Richard’s passion is simple: to tell great stories.

In 2012 Richard produced his debut independent short film ‘Darklight’ with backing from Film London. Directed and co-written by Richard the resulting film shines with imagination and charm that look have been described as his ‘hallmark’ as a director. Referred to as ‘a constantly surprising tale… that leads you eager for a sequel’ ‘Darklight’ went on to be long-listed for a BAFTA and is currently being developed into a feature film.

Since then he’s made three more shorts including ‘Strings’, ‘Mingmong’ and ‘Sticky’ and in recent times his films have played in a host of high-profile festivals – from the London Film Festival to Palm Springs; Cambridge to Washington DC and many more.

Richard describes his films as ‘suburban secrets’ – a glimpse into the sinister and strange happenings behind closed doors. Many of these have autobiographical content and he has a passion for period pieces, which he puts down simply to one fact: “modern life is rubbish”.

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