Young rock star Des Gilroy suffers a stroke on stage spends the next forty years in NHS nursing homes as a cripple. He is eventually expelled for a series of misdemeanours and is forced to move in with his brother. An argument with the squatters next door escalates into a full-blown war with neither side preparing to take prisoners.
Writer/Director: Patrick Whittaker, Producer: Margaret Milner, Cinematographer: Morgan Peline, Sound Designer: Stephen Cartwright, James Cox & Steve Chaplin, Original Score: Risto R. Muzik, Editor: Rodrigo Sanchez, Hair & Make-Up: Amy Moorcroft, Costume Designer: Britt Cormack, Production Designer: Hayley Easton-Street, Casting Director: Anna Kennedy, Titles & Poster Designer: Will Beeston
Picture This Film Festival Calgary Canada 2007 – WINNER BEST FILM CATEGORY 10-30 MINS
Bradford International Film Festival – March 2007
Norwich Arts Against the Grain season – Apr 2007
Woodgreen Int’l Film Festival – April 2007
East EndFilm Festival – April 2007
Kynnys Kino Finland –April 2007
CANNES IN A VAN – May 2007
The Big Damn Film Festival Kansas – 2007
Galway Film Fleadh Ireland – July 2007
Hollywood Ultra Fest USA 2007
Los Angeles Int’l Short Film Festival – 2007
CANNES IN A VAN – May 2008
Movieum Film Festival UK – June 2008
The Other Film Festival AUSTRALIA– September 2008 – NOMINATED BEST FILM
Technical: colour, shot on S16mm, 18 mins
Casting the character of ex rocker Des Gilroy proved difficult until Patrick came up with the idea of asking legendary guitarist Mick Green to consider the role, which he did and to our delight carried it off brilliantly. Mick was a long term member of The Pirates and a former member of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates before sadly taken from us in January 2010.
The Furious (credited as The Spoils) from Liverpool played the young rock band in the film and did a terrific job.
Raspberry Ripple was filmed over 4 days in the late summer of 2005; 3 days in South, Central & East London and 1 day in Chelmsford. Scenes from the film were filmed in a variety of locations which included Gayfere Road in Surrey, Park Road in Chelmsford, St Mary’s church Neasden, The Borderline club in Tottenham Court Road and The Mildmay Mission Hospital in East London.
Raspberry Ripple had a working title of The Wheelchair Warrior.