Karen Guthrie’s Critically Acclaimed Documentary ‘THE CLOSER WE GET’ Coming to VOD August 31 & DVD September 5
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Today SOMEWHERE is excited to announce the DVD & Digital VOD release of HOT DOC’s International Documentary winner THE CLOSER WE GET.
THE CLOSER WE GET will be available to buy on VOD digital download from 31st August and DVD 5th September 2016.
THE CLOSER WE GET was HOT DOC’s International Documentary winner and has also gone on to win the Women Filmmakers Award from Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival and also Best UK Feature from the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
Directed by Karen Guthrie and Produced by Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, THE CLOSER WE GET is a powerful and exquisitely-shot autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director, reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, who takes you under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye.
Karen's mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn't the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis: Her prodigal father, the unfathomable but endearing Ian - separated from Ann for years - also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to confront the family story before it's too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried - and failed - to keep from them all, and to find that Ann's stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.
With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy brings to her audience both a compelling story and a unique portrait of contemporary family survival.
Director Karen Guthrie said “I’ve been overwhelmed by the success of The Closer We Get both in the UK and internationally - I’ve heard from audiences all over the world how much they have been touched by my family’s story and how much they identify with it. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have hoped for more! Releasing now on DVD and VOD makes everyone who worked on the film so proud, as we know it allows even more people to share this wonderful story with us.”
For further details visit The Closer We Get online.
THE CLOSER WE GET HITS VOD AUGUST 31 & DVD SEPTEMBER 5
Somewhere is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit creative organisation run by artist / film-makers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie. We produce ambitious, innovative and challenging projects spanning film, the web, installation, live events and public art. From here you can access all projects produced by Somewhere, as well as Pope & Guthrie's past and current work.
KAREN GUTHRIE - Director & Producer
Karen was raised in Scotland and now lives in the rural Lake District (England). She met longterm collaborator Nina Pope whilst they were fine art students at Edinburgh College of Art and they have since worked together on many art projects and commissions as well as on three feature documentaries - Jaywick Escapes (2012), Living with the Tudors (2007) and Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future (2005). Karen continues to work as an artist on diverse projects including recent commissions for University of Cambridge and Hauser & Wirth.
NINA POPE - Director of Photography & Producer
Nina Pope is based in London and has worked with director Karen since 1995, founding their multi-faceted creative company Somewhere in 2001 working on many art installations, live events and public art commissions together. In 2007 they were awarded the first Northern Art Prize and they now also programme London's Floating Cinema, for which they executively produced Maxy Bianco's 2013 debut film 'Can House'. Nina also maintains an academic post at the Royal College of Art, and Karen and Nina’s collected film and art projects were the subject of a retrospective at Kettles Yard gallery in Cambridge in autumn 2014.
You can see more of Karen & Nina’s work here.
ALICE POWELL - Editor
Alice lives in London and is a graduate of the National Film & Television School. She has edited corporate films, shorts and several documentaries including Buried Land and Untitled 13, about the making of British director Mike Leigh's latest feature. Alice co-edited Karen & Nina's previous film Jaywick Escapes.
You can see more of Alice's work here.
Developed with support from Scottish Documentary Institute Royal College of Art Creative England & Sources2
Produced with support from Arts Council England Splice & 333 Indiegogo funders