It is a year since the death of an inspirational theatre director and teacher, and his widow is struggling to come to terms with her loss. A group of close friends, many of whom are or were actors, come to spend the weekend with her to offer their support and to celebrate his memory in an entertaining and moving performance before they scatter his ashes in the garden. The events of the day trigger different responses from all of them and bring to the fore their dreams, disappointments and unfulfilled relationships; in coming together they attempt to find consolation and some kind of resolution to the complications of their own lives. BACK TO THE GARDEN is both a meditation on love and loss and an evocation of the joys and sadnesses of later life, and these themes are explored with humour and tenderness by the improvising cast.
‘Back to the Garden’, directed by Jon Sanders, is the third in a trilogy of films, whose soundtrack was written by Canadian composer and pianist Douglas Finch. His score for Jon Sanders’ previous film ‘Painted Angels’ was described in The Independent as ‘an extraordinary triumph of artistic will’.
‘Back to the Garden’ opens on Friday 14th March at the Curzon Cinema, Mayfair. My interview with Douglas Finch will be published later this month.