Have you ever done something on a certain day of the week, and repeated it weekly for an entire year? I don’t think I have. Not for an entire year without a break anyway, and I find it hard to imagine.
Which is what makes this film so special.
Last Friday, I went to see the London premier of 52 Tuesdays by Peccadillo Pictures at Picturehouse Central. Before I went, I watched the trailer and got the gist that the film follows the characters’ lives on Tuesdays, for one year, but I didn’t realise that they had also filmed it only on Tuesdays, for an entire year.
At the Q&A afterwards, we found out that when they started shooting the film, they had started without a script or plot. They had key characters and characterisations, but everything else was developed through the production itself, and through collaborating with the production team and actors, and the story grew, developing itself.
52 Tuesdays is about identity, growth, and segregation of self at any age. It reflects the constant question we have for ourselves as humans – who am I? – through gender, sexuality, age, role, situation… through life. It makes us think about who we are and how we choose to show parts of who we are to selected audiences. Are we ever whole to anyone? It also reminds us that the world keeps going on no matter what we are going through – life goes on.
The production of the film enjoyed creative freedom through funding from Film Lab that encouraged them to have no market attachment. It meant that the Director and her team could experiment with the format and story, which led to this method that the director calls ‘form agnostic’.
52 weeks as a parameter helped shape the story, especially since the physical production of the film was limited to the same. It would have meant that everyone on the film was working towards the same final deadline. That would have given them a start and end feel to the film… and the developments within, well, whatever they did and however they did it, it felt natural and organic, like a well-written story.
Go watch it. It’ll give you a new appreciation for story-telling, for looking at the stories within our own lives.