‘The Goodbye Girl’ is the first feature film by Murder One director Aidey Pugh. It is the follow up to his short ‘Empty Spaces’ which has been shown at film festivals abroad, including as a finalist in a Miami Film Festival in March 2018. The film was two and a half years in the making, a year of that due to the first cameraman on the project, Cameron Prudames, stealing the film kit and three days of footage! By the time it was recovered – following police intervention – a change in season and weather meant that cast and crew had to wait a year to reshoot lost scenes, due to obvious continuity issues. With no crowd-funding or handouts, the film was made for a budget of just £900, which went on film kit for the crew, and dolly mixtures and haribos for the kids in the film!
The hard-working, dedicated cast and crew kindly gave their time, skills and expertise for free and meticulous production values ensured that it’s low budget in no way detracts from the impact of this film. The English identity of the film is spiced with a hint of the cosmopolitan in that musicians and bands from Switzerland, Berlin, Miami, Orange County, Los Angeles, Cape Coral, San Diego and also Tel Aviv all generously allowed their music to be used, lending an international flavour to a film set in an unashamedly gritty town in the North of England. Inspired by the works of writer Jimmy McGovern (‘Cracker’; ‘The Street’) both ‘Empty Spaces’ and ‘The Goodbye Girl’ are gritty dramas revolving around the grim and tragic lives of Aidey’s characters who inhabit the typical terraced/back to back housing in this non-specified Northern town. With a nod to Jimmy McGovern’s ‘The Street’ there are several cross over characters in Aidey’s two films as their lives are explored.
The tagline of “The Goodbye Girl” offers a clue to the sinister nature of the film’s central character: “Pray she doesn’t tell you Goodbye” – as well as to the chillingly convincing performance of young Mille-Grace Guy, the eponymous six-year old Goodbye Girl herself, who amazed all involved in the production with her presence on camera and her ability to carry off such a demanding role with actors Rik Garrad (‘The Syndicate’, ‘In The Flesh’, ‘Hollyoakes’, ‘Coronation Street’) and Helen Tunnicliff (‘Home Grown’, ‘Bait’) receiving critical acclaim as her feuding parents.
In the film Lydia – a somewhat neglected, mysterious and troubled six year old girl – seems to predict (or cause?) a series of deaths in her prayers… Is it just coincidence… or is something more sinister at work… And as the body count rises how will a family member react when they hear the little girl forecast their own death?… Just pray she doesn’t tell you goodbye!
The film premiered to cast and crew on 25-03-18 and is presently being submitted to film festivals world wide.