What happens when two longtime artists make their first film together? David McDermott and Peter McGough have worked together for 30 years, and their latest project is Mean to Me, a 12-minute film that debuted at a special screening in New York a few days ago. The film is being touted as the acting debut of Agyness Deyn, 27, a British model who shot to fame in the fashion world in 2006. But for classic movie fans, Mean to Me sounds like 12 minutes of heaven.
Set in the 1930s, Mean to Me, "chronicles the disastrous end of an affair," according to The New York Times. Deyn plays a woman scorned by her playboy lover, played by Linus Roache. Roache, currently appearing on TV's Law and Order, made for a memorable, stylish Thomas Wayne (Bruce's dad) in Batman Begins, and he looks like a perfect scoundrel. "Period-perfect down to its wallpaper, telephone and radio, McGough's Art Deco Manhattan apartment provided the set. Deyn's costumes, by Zac Posen, might as well be of that vintage." A report in The Huffington Post describes it as a "studiously detailed, 13-minute love letter to the Deco era: deep, rich, film noir lighting; ornate period opening titles; a dark Stravinsky score."
Mean to Me will be screening on March 4 at the Cheim & Read gallery in New York, and then is headed for the international film festival circuit. Until then, take a peek at the very cool trailer. Watching it makes me feel like donning a tuxedo and sipping champagne.