FEMALE INDEPENDENCE, STRENGTH, VULNERABILITY AND FRIENDSHIP
It’s the early 90s, long before the hope and disappointment of the Blair government, in what now feels like the near, pre-modern past. LAUREN (24) wakes up with her ex GREG (27) next to her, and a sense of not-again regret.
But this time feels different. As she and ELLEN (25) plough on with the minutiae of life (hangovers and low-paid bar jobs), LAUREN worries that she hasn’t been as careful as she might, and that maybe these trysts have forced a different future.
The prospect of a child, of pregnancy, of Greg in her life now and forever. The certainty, the surely not, and the friend who makes her feel better – that’s Late.
Female independence, strength, vulnerability and friendship: these are what late represent.
Lauren is not a planner. She lets life dictate her path , and tries to have fun along the way. Her character is fun, slightly forgetful and the audience be witness to the embarrassment, uncertainty, panic and relief.
I'd like Late to connect with women who associate with the later emotions in particular because i feel that is all women had: no financial worries, a stable job, a good environment in which to raise a child, love and support from friends and family, that the realisation that they are not going to give birth becomes sadder and more complex.
Furthermore it shows how much of a woman's decision to raise a child is driven by the context, pressures and attitudes of the world in which we live.
I decided to set the film in the 1990s because it creates a backdrop of independence from technology. I chose to shoot late on 16mm because i wanted the film to feel like we are stepping into this recent past. But also because Ed Lachman describes, 'it gives a certain emotionality to the image that feels more human.