Everyone expects finishing university to be a thrilling time, starting your life with your dream job and ideal partner. But it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes life after university is a little dull. Talented director Justin Hardy tells an ordinary story that explores the other side to the life of a postgraduate in Britain’s suburbs, paying special attention to the city of Reading. Interestingly, the crew was made up of fresh graduates thus offering a unique take on starting life after graduation. The heart of the film is Georgia Maguire’s performance as Rebecca, as well as actor Tim Plester as Steve. The film was well received at the BFI Film Festival in 2013, where producers Jack Fishburn and Muireann Price were nominated for Best British Newcomer; the film now looks forward to its UK cinema release.
Love Me Till Monday follows graduate Rebecca, who works in a dead-end office job and is on a mission to find "the one". She finds her choice limited when most of her time is spent with office colleagues or looking after her younger brother Olly (Ludo Hardy). However, instead of leaving it to fate she takes her love life into her own hands and attempts a magic trick to win the affection of her lover. She is left disappointed when not one, but two, office romances fizzle out. Despite this, she packs a bag and heads for the road where she hopes to find the man of her dreams.
At times the film is slow paced and seems to go in circles, with the storyline repeating until the very end. However this sets the tone of the film, capturing the tediousness and banality of weekly routines and spending the week waiting for the weekend. A story that seems unavailing finds charm in its cinematography and performances. Matt Wicks works his magic behind the camera as Director of Photography, capturing the essence of Reading’s scenery with beautifully-lit scenes that really make the film come to life. The commendable cast is led brilliantly by Maguire in her first feature film role; she offers a subtle but compelling performance that plays off the other characters, especially eccentric Vicki (Sarah Jayne Butler). Maguire also holds her own against Tim Plester as Steve who has an impressive credit list (Kick Ass, Lockout, Game of Thrones).
The film is a coming-of-age tale about growing up, joining the real world and questioning the expectations of what you think starting your life will be like. In doing so, Love Me Till Monday is an enchanting and refreshingly realistic depiction of everyday experiences.
Love Me Till Monday is in cinemas from 11th July 2014.