The Clean Up
About the film
Len, Naomi and Bryony are three old school friends in their 30s who have grown apart right when they need each other most. They’ve spent Bryony’s hen do living the Instagram dream at a music festival, and now Naomi and Bryony want to go home. But Len has signed them up for three days of post-festival litter picking, like ‘the old days’, hoping they’ll bond again over battling rats, cystitis and ‘young people’. As bridesmaids, Naomi and Len feel it’s their responsibility to break off Bryon's toxic marriage before it happens, but there are a few things Bryony hasn’t admitted...
From the director
"The Clean Up is a comedy that looks like a post-apocalyptic disaster. Three friends are stuck in the aftermath of a music festival, alone with debris and half-dismantled art, the magic realism highlighting that the party is over. Their friendships and lives have drifted awry and sometimes it takes three days of peeing al fresco, living off crisps and dodging rats to put your life into perspective. Like City Slickers meets The Hangover.
As a comedian for nine years, at times all I had was blind optimism and debt, and these hopeful, nostalgic women singing the bitterly wistful lyrics of Blur’s 'The Universal' resonates with me. But pathos is balanced with farce as three Londoners are left floundering in a field where no one accepts contactless.
I love the idea that these three women are stumbling around in metaphorical and physical mess and can’t leave until they’ve sorted out both. They went to a music festival for the carefully curated ‘wildness’ flaunted online, and now they’re trapped in the limbo between Instagram and reality."
Meet the team
Writer/Director Nat Luurtsema
Nat wrote/starred in Island Queen (BAFTA nominated; Best Comedy, The Smalls; Best Comedy, European Independent Film Festival), wrote/starred in Three Women Wait for Death, made with Creative England, Big Talk Films and Babycow (Best Short, Encounters 2016) and wrote/directed Wyrdoes with Film London, Film4 and the British Arts Council (Official Selection, LSFF; XX Award nominated, Underwire). Nat’s second book, Girl Out of Water, was published by Walker Books and Pan Macmillan, and translated into three languages. She adapted the novel Spilt Milk Black Coffee by Helen Cross, and her screenplay, Annie’s Got Body Issues, won the BAFTA Rocliffe Forum in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2016 Global Literati award. Nat has been a stand-up comedian since 2007, taking eight shows to Edinburgh, series writing on Stand Up for the Week (Channel 4), and creating two Radio 4 series with her sketch group Jigsaw. She plays Tallulah Bankhead in Florence Foster Jenkins.
Producer Nicole Carmen-Davis
Recently Nicole produced Another Me (world premiere at Rome International Film Festival, in competition), directed by Isabel Coixet, starring Sophie Turner, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Rhys Ifans, and backed by Fox International Productions. Nicole executive produced and won the Leo Award for Best Feature Length Drama for the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Fifty Dead Men Walking (world premiere TIFF) starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess. Nicole’s producer credits also include Malice in Wonderland and Peter Stanley-Ward’s short film Litterbugs, supported by Creative England’s Emerging Talent Fund. Nicole previously acted as senior business affairs and production executive on studio and independent feature films and is also a qualified solicitor, having represented leading film and television production companies, distributors and financiers. Nicole launched Mighty Atom Entertainment in 2016, is an Inside Pictures alumni and a Trans Atlantic Partners producer.
Producer Chris Musselwhite
Chris is a UK-based producer who gained his early experience working on numerous TV productions in varying roles from runner to researcher, production assistant, assistant editor and director. After working on several short films Chris produced the independent feature Small Town Folk, directed by Peter Stanley-Ward. The film achieved distribution in over 30 territories worldwide. Chris later co-founded Treehouse Digital; a boutique production company specialising in high concept family entertainment which was recognised in Creative England's 2015 CE50 report of "companies leading the charge for the creative industries, showcasing the best of what England's regions have to offer and transforming the country's economic future". Treehouse Digital is listed as one of CE50's 10 Future Leaders. In 2015 Chris produced the short film Litterbugs, for which Treehouse delivered all of the VFX, SFX and editing. Chris is currently producing the TV series Tales from the Web through Treehouse Digital.
Watch the short Island Queen.