London, United Kingdom.
A young man meets the worn voice of a fading city under the dim lights of a London sex shop… Shopping is a new short film directed by award-winning filmmaker Layke Anderson and penned by Ryan Child that laments the ongoing gentrification of London’s Soho, focusing on a particular and very insular moment between two people who meet in a sex shop on a night during the build-up to Christmas.
Shopping explores people, places and perspectives, surmising that sometimes, communication with a stranger means guarding your secrets, while baring as much as your heart will allow. Filmed on location in and around Soho, the film captures some of what is slowly disappearing from within London’s creative/sex capital, and shows that warmth can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
Writer Clayton Littlewood comments, “Soho is like a dustbin and Layke like a drunk rummaging through it. He shows us that amongst the garbage you can still find gold’, while Save Soho chairman Stephen Fry has described the film as: ‘Strangely moving and tense with wonderful central performances, and just beautifully put together.”
Shopping stars Ricky Nixon – last seen opposite Suranne Jones in BBC’s ‘Doctor Foster’, and a familiar face of stage and screen, Bruce Payne – most notable for his villainous role in 90’s thriller Passenger 57 opposite Wesley Snipes. Anderson’s directorial debut Dylan’s Room starring Joanna Scanlan, won multiple awards upon its release in 2012 and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
His second film, Happy Thoughts – a modern day reinterpretation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, is continuing to screen at international film festivals since its release in 2014. Shopping will receive its World Premiere at the East End Film Festival on June 30th at the Genesis Cinema.