Budget movie Together is competing for the critics choice award at the Cannes Film Festival this week, with new Doctor Who star Matt Smith in a lead role.
Filmed for just Â£40,000, the production – which took a year to raise funds for and was part funded by the UK Film council – was only able to offer Smith minimum wage and expenses for the trip to Germany.
Graduates Zorana Piggott and Eicke Bettinga co-wrote the film with Piggott producing and Bettinga directing. Piggott recalls:
“After the shoot he said he had to get back to England for a couple of auditions, but he never said what they were for. I thought nothing more of it. Three weeks later I turned on the TV and saw he was the new Doctor Who. I know he will be brilliant because he is such a fantastic actor and he has done an amazing job in our film.
It is very much a performance-based piece and Matt carries the entire film. He is a unique performer able to define every role.
Together is the sole UK entry for the critics’ prize, which runs in tandem with the more famous Palme d’Or prize. Matt Smith is expected in Cannes this week to promote the film.
Smith co-stars in Together alongside Guy Flanagan, John Vine and Amanda Boxer.