A Dozen Summers is written and directed by Kenton Hall, and tells the story of two 12-year-old girls as they hijack a film in order to tell their own story. The film is being produced by Monkey Basket Films, and is a crowd sourced indie film that the creators hope will appeal to young, and not so young people alike.
The film follows Maisie and Daisy McCormack (Scarlett and Hero Hall) as two ordinary twelve-year-old girls trying to make sense of life in the 21st century, and in order to do this, they hijack a film. After interrupting a children’s story already in progress, by scaring off the Narrator (Colin Baker), they set about telling their own story, with their only inspiration being the films they have watched growing up.
As well as starring twins Hero and Scarlett Hall in the lead roles, A Dozen Summers also has a more than able supporting cast to call upon. Kenton Hall not only writes and directs but also plays the girl’s father Henry, while Sarah Warren plays their mother Jacqueline. The star power however, is brought to the film by Ewen Macintosh (The Office), and Colin Baker (Doctor Wh0). Macintosh plays beleaguered shopkeeper Gary whose life is thrown into disarray when Maisie and Daisy show up in his shop with a video camera. While Baker plays the Narrator of the film, who the girls scare off in order to make their own film.
When asked why he wanted to make a children’s film, director Kenton Hall had the following to say:
“It’s a view that’s been echoed by better writers than me, but I think children are the single most challenging audience to write for, and the most rewarding. Nothing lingers as long, or as powerfully in the memory as the things we see in childhood. There’s an inherent responsibility to make something good, above and beyond your own artistic ego, which is scary. I like scary.”
He also noted the difference between writing for children and for adults:
“It shouldn’t be (any different). Children are more instinctual than adults, that’s their gift. Actors and writers have to work hard to retain what they have naturally. And children laugh more genuinely. It certainly doesn’t mean dumbing down. Silliness doesn’t have to come from a stupid place. Kids are smart, they’re just not as hung up about that as we are.”
Hall was also asked what it was like to work with Colin Baker:
“Colin was my Doctor in Doctor Who so he was, quite genuinely, my childhood hero. And he totally lived up to that, seemingly without trying. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, which Colin found out, unfortunately, when my ringtone went off before the session, but the most important thing is that he is a colossal acting talent-that voice-and a lovely, gentle, hard-working man. He should be in everything.”
Finally, Hall was asked what experiences he will take away from filming A Dozen Summers:
“I’m just so incredibly grateful to all of the ridiculously talented people who gave their time, their energy and their talent to this film. So many wonderful performances in front of the camera and so many dedicated and talented people working behind it. I feel lucky and genuinely excited to show off their work. My job was just to get out of their way. That’s a good place to be in.”
If you would like to know more about A Dozen Summers, you can view the trailer below or click on the various links for further information.
Official website: A Dozen Summers