The rules for the project were simple: each writer would come up with 15 pages of a script. The next writer would have only the last five pages of the script along with a list of character names and locations to work with. Popik would be responsible for directing the result.
What Olde English has delivered, however, isn’t an off-the-rails series of sketches (although there is a little of that) but a hybrid of narrative and documentary that provides a bittersweet look at a creative marriage that had nearly run its course. A touch of Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, but with more laughs and no psychoanalyst to help the “band” process things.
Earlier this week I met up with Raphael Bob-Waksberg and David Segal in Los Angeles. They are both writers and subjects of the film, having been with Olde English from the start. Bob-Waksberg revealed that the troupe didn’t set out to make a documentary.
“I think that’s something that we really found in the editing of the movie,” said Bob-Waksberg. “None of us really knew what this documentary stuff was going to be when we started. None of us knew what this thing was going to be when we started.”
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There will be more opportunities to see this movie. We’re planning on going to other cities with it, and within six months, probably sooner, there’s going to be a way for anyone anywhere to buy this movie and own it, but in the mean time, we’d really really love to have a really really great premiere with really really a lot of people there.
Come. And bring your friends.