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Director’s Statement

BOUNDARIES

Boundaries are now harder to discern than ever before. With text messages and social media being ever present, our ability to dis/connect, and ‘transport’ ourselves transcends all social contexts. The consequence of this seems to be blurred lines, diminishing boundaries, and the concept of “right time and place” being more or less thrown out the window.

The characters in our film frequent Bushwick bars and coffee shops, bathrooms plastered with stickers and graffiti, used book stores, and thrift shops. A funeral or a cemetery are unfamiliar spaces to them, with a set of rules and social norms that are not just disregarded by our characters but are perhaps no longer relevant or are simply altogether unknown to them.

Our film explores the way in which unspoken rules are tested. We will explore what happens when you bring the Bushwick bar to the cemetery; when you bring your feelings of loneliness and desire to a space of mourning and grief. I look forward to bringing Ash and Bee to life and embracing their humour as well as their vulnerability and relateablity.

- Katie Schiller [director/producer]

[image: photograph by Megan Doherty]
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“Any view of the universe
that is not strange is false.”

(The Sandman - Neil Gaiman)


Normal Is A Myth!

Bee and Ash behave rather ‘inappropriately’ in Tomorrow Tomorrow:

They make jokes, smoke, and flirt while standing over the grave of someone they loved.

And, precisely because of how ‘inappropriate’ their behaviour is, it is perfectly normal--

Because there is no ‘normal’ response to death.

Normal is a myth created by our culture - by old books and movies, and the things we choose to speak about and expect from each other for no other reason than that.

People are weird (“queer,” even) and the monopoly that ‘appropriate,’ ‘respectful,’ and ‘normal’ responses to death have in our culture leads people to feel shameful and isolated in these moments of tragic loss. This is a problem.

I believe it is important to represent diverse, individual, normal responses to death, and this was one of my aims in writing Tomorrow Tomorrow: to show that it is just as normal to feel nothing at all, and to make jokes, as it is to look on stoically as the coffin is lowered, and to scream “No!” and drop to your knees.

I hope that by zooming in on Ash and Bee’s very personal responses to death, I can shed light on a more full range of human, ‘normal’ responses and behaviors, and allow people to be less judgemental and more free to express their grief in whatever way they need to.

- Hugo Lau [creator/writer/producer]

[image: David Adam Kess, Wikipedia Commons]
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if you want something done right…

As an actor it’s rare that I come across characters that are not gender stereotypes. This is particularly the case when it comes to romance (“boy meets girl;” “girl meets girl;” pick your poison). I was intrigued by the idea of telling a romantic story that did not rely on the tropes of gender, and there seemed to be a lack of content like this. So when Hugo came to me with an idea for a script about a high-stakes early morning rendezvous, complete with death, depression, and even a doctor, I selfishly steered him in this direction. I have never fit the neatly labelled boxes everyone has tried to put me in, and I wanted to play a character like me in this regard for a change; a romantic lead who was not defined by their gender. In crafting the story, it was remarkable how easy this was.

This is one of the many reasons I am excited to tell this story.

- Yael Elisheva [creator/cast/producer]

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