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The Filmmaker's House (12)

Cinema On Demand

a homeless man pops his head through a kitchen door

When the Filmmaker (Marc Isaacs) is told his next film must be about crime, sex or celebrity to get funded, he decides to take matters into his own hands and begins shooting a film in his home

Marc Isaacs wants to focus on people connected to his own life, so the first characters we meet are two English builders, who Isaacs has employed to replace his garden fence, temporarily removing the barrier between him and his Pakistani neighbour. This introduces the film’s central theme of hospitality; a theme that finds its ultimate expression when a homeless Slovakian man charms the Filmmaker’s Colombian cleaner to let him into the house, testing everyone's ideas of the expectations and boundaries between host and guests.

Blending documentary with fiction, and a wry humour with emotional intensity, acclaimed filmmaker Marc Isaacs unfolds a story which - in its’ final act - asks pertinent questions about the nature of filmmaking itself.

2020 UK Dir Marc Isaacs 76 min

Barbican Cinema has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England which is administered by the BFI, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund supporting arts and cultural organisations in England affected by the impact of Covid-19. #HereForCulture.

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