Does a biography have to be written in that odd third-person perspective, even when you know it’s really just the actual person writing it about themselves?
Sam Gould started writing comedy at a young age having grown up with strong influences within the family.
You know what – that actually sounds alright…
He remembers – or so, I suppose we can assume – some dismal attempts of writing sketches as a teenager. Something about someone trying to buy a baby on a debit card and a children’s party animal entertainer who kept accidentally pulling the legs off the stick insects. Rubbish.
After moving to London in 2008 he met Chloe Christodoulou who, having graduated from the New York Film Academy four years earlier, had been working as a camera assistant.
In 2011 they wrote and directed London: A Guide for the Naive – a spoof guide to London which grew and coalesced from several different sketch ideas into a full length pilot. There are currently several new projects in development from this initial pilot.
The film ‘The Story of Our Time’ was written for the 2012 Sundance competition run in partnership with Greenwich Council, and was a finalist in the competition receiving special mention by the judges.
In March 2012 the Reed Short Film Competition called for shorts based around the theme of ‘The Boss’, which prompted the entry ‘Lonely At The Top’. The film made the long list of 50 down from 500 entries.
August 2012 saw the opening of the Virgin Media Shorts competition and the completion of two films – ‘The Wrong Change’ and ‘Lunchtime Special’ – neither of which received any mention at all but then that’s fine, who cares – certainly not us – I mean, them… certainly not them.
2015 saw the release of ‘Melbourne: A Guide to Living’, a sequel to the successful guide to London, which was selected as part of the programme for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival in 2016.
With a wide selection of other short films, sketches, mini-series and television pilots on the slate, there’s plenty more to come. There’s just not enough time in the day – thank God the government increased the number of hours in a day to 30 just so we can all get more done.