Me or the Dog
|Me or the Dog|
|Directed by||Abner Pastoll|
|Produced by||Junyoung Jang|
|Written by||Jonathan Hall|
|Music by||Laura Rossi|
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Me or the Dog is a 2011 short film directed by Abner Pastoll, produced by Junyoung Jang and starring Edward Hogg, about a man who believes that his dog, Dudley, is talking to him. Martin Clunes plays the mischievous voice of the dog, who challenges his owner Tom with the prospect of him actually being a real 'talking dog', and in order to do so sets out to prove that Tom's girlfriend is cheating on him.
It world-premiered at the Festival de Cannes in Coup de Coeur, out of competition, on 20 May 2011 and was met with an overall positive reception. The film was part of a featured showcase in a programme of only 8 short films. It was subsequently nominated for Best Comedy at the 2012 London Short Film Festival, released theatrically in London, UK and screened in official competition at several film festivals including: LA Shorts Fest, Atlantic Film Festival, Anchorage, Asheville, Emden, Berlin Shorts and the Bradford Film Festival where it was described as "Imaginative... Exploring mental illness and fidelity, [it's] light viewing with dark underlying subject-matter."
The short was written by television writer (and ex-cricketer) Jonathan Hall and also stars newcomer Kemi-bo Millar. It was funded by the Wellcome Trust with the aim of a positive portrayal of schizophrenia and to raise public awareness of the condition. During the development process, the filmmakers received support from mental health organisations such as Mind and Rethink to ensure the condition, in this case specifically 'auditory hallucinations', was portrayed as accurately as possible.
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