Tortoise in Love (2012)

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Tortoise in Love (2012)

Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom's adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry, abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair: Tom's is to win the heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand.
UK
IMDb  5.5 /10
Creators
Director Guy Browning
Writer Guy Browning
Information
Release Date2012-06-21
Runtime1h 24mins
GenreComedy
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards
CompanyImmense Productions, KBS Films
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
Tom Mitchelson
Tom Mitchelson
Tom
Alice Zawadzki
Alice Zawadzki
Anya
Tom Yates
Tom Yates
Harry
Mike Kemp
Mike Kemp
Albert
Duncan Armitage
Duncan Armitage
Jason Grandage
Des Brittain
Des Brittain
Spud Collington
Sharon Gavin
Sharon Gavin
Charlie
Liz Collington
Philip Herbert
Philip Herbert
Bob Hardcastle
Tony Long
Tony Long
Jack Partridge
Petina Hapgood
Petina Hapgood
Mary

Tortoise in Love

Tortoise in Love is a 2012 British romantic comedy film. The story follows a microbiologist turned stately home gardener who enlists the help of his village in an attempt to woo a Polish au pair he has fallen in love with. First shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the film received its world premiere at Odeon West End, Leicester Square, the first film to premiere at Leicester Square since its official re-opening. The film made headlines as a result of having its funding entirely crowd sourced from the village of Kingston Bagpuize and the neighbouring village of Southmoor.


Premise

Tom, a gardener at Kingston Bagpuize House, falls in love with Anya, a Polish au pair. He is agonisingly slow at making a move to win the heart of Anya, so the whole village comes together to help speed things up.


Production

After failing to secure backing for a previous project, Browning came upon the idea of seeking funding for Tortoise in Love from his local village. He presented his idea to produce a feature film with a full theatrical release during a village meeting in summer 2009. In the end, 800 residents from the village invested between £10 and £1,000 each, along with a £10,000 grant from Defra's Rural Development Programme for England towards the total budget of £250,000 in cash. In addition, the residents provided another £250,000 in services rendered. In return, they received shares in the film, with any profits going towards village improvement projects.

Filmed and set in the village of Kingston Bagpuize, the filming took place over a six-week period with Kingston Bagpuize House and the local pub serving as backlot. While the main cast and key members of the production crew are professionals, the rest of the cast and crew were all provided for by the village residents and businesses. The local Women's Institutes provided the catering, hair salon provided the hair and make up, and a local composer Geoff Cottrell the film score, which won Best Original Score at the Idyllwild Film Festival in 2013. All of the non-local based personnel were housed in local homes.


Reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 45% approval rating based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 4.75/10.