Sam Jackson, a 27-year-old videotape editor was last seen on August 29, 2003. With no surviving immediate family, her best friend, Abi Wright, is leading the search for clues. One month after her disappearance, Abi makes a crucial breakthrough; she finds a VHS containing part of a video diary; Sam’s diary. Sam had been secretly recording her experiences of phone dating for a pilot one-woman reality TV programme.
As in life, on camera Sam is witty, intelligent, sexy and open, but as the tapes eventually reveal, her apparent self-confidence hides a more troubled-side. Abi believes the clue to Sam’s disappearance lies in the diary.
This film features exclusive footage of these extraordinary tapes and follows Abi, along with other friends and work colleagues of Sam’s, as she works with the police and the National Missing Persons Helpline to track down the players in Sam’s secret emotional life.
In this drama-masquerading-as-documentary, director Guy Rowland weaves together found footage and new scenes to create a gripping story. ‘Sam’s’ videos, were made prior to the rest of the film, and it is the truth behind these that add a poignancy that eludes many a filmmaker’s best efforts. To reveal all would take away from the picture; suffice to say, congratulations should be given to the ingenuity, resolve and love that must have been required by all to realise this project. ED
Playing with SOURCES OF LIGHT
UK MiniDV 7 mins Director David Duffy Producer Joe Sutton Screenplay Alastair Pirrie DoP Carl Cahoon, Shebah Khunum Cast James Kavaz Print Source firstname.lastname@example.org
A man recounts to the camera a life-changing experience from New York.