A British film with an incredibly small budget, Borrowed Time tells the story of Kevin (Theo Barklem-Biggs) who unexpectedly befriends old eccentric Phillip (Phil Davis) during a robbery. As the pair’s friendship grows they realise just how much they need each other.
Borrowed Time is a sweet and heartfelt coming of age story set against the backdrop of east London (pre Olympic stadium). Theo Barklem-Biggs gives an incredible performance and is definitely one to watch. You might have seen him in The Inbetweeners Movie.
The film is one which will brighten your day with its humour and its story, as well as having the lovely quality of being shot on film rather than filmed digitally, giving it a much more homegrown look. It’s a film about everyday people going through real problems.
Summer cinema is packed with big Hollywood blockbusters, each costing a few million dollars to make. But somewhere along their spending these films tend to lose something, a spark or a little bit of heart, which means that whilst the finished product has loud special effects, the story and characters quieten in comparison. Without such a big budget and the studio constraints that come with that, films like Borrowed Time can focus on something audiences can relate to.
Phil Davis described the sort of cinema he likes to see. ”I like films about real life, about the world I see when I look out of my window. I’m fed up with superheroes saving the world. It’s the same story over and over and over again, so I find it refreshing when I see a film about world I recognise. I lived in the East End for a long time, and to make one’s stories from that stuff, from the stuff of real life I think is really important.”
And that’s something true of Borrowed Time.
Borrowed Time is in cinemas September 13th.