Gareth Jones begins Delirium
by Naman Ramachandran
- The final part of a trilogy about artists is currently filming in Surrey
British actor/writer/director Gareth Jones has commenced principal photography at the University of London’s Royal Holloway campus, Egham, Surrey, on Delirium. The film follows international composer Peter Pilger, who faces the challenge of his life. He has to deliver a Requiem for his former college, St Jude’s, a struggling institution he is meant to rescue, in time for the memorial celebrations while facing down revelations about his past and living up to his new authority as High Master. But it is not from his misspent youth as an undergraduate and not from the modern student body that his biggest trial emerges, but from the kitchens, where a time bomb ticks amongst the migrant college staff in the dazzling cellist Anastasiya, who remembers more about him than he does.
The cast includes Jones, Clare Grogan (The Wee Man), newcomer Alisa Liubarskaya and Timothy West (television’s EastEnders). Fiona Howe and Simon Higman produce for Scenario Films (UK), with Jonathan Powell serving as executive producer and Alex Ryle and Daniela Berghahn as associate producers.
Delirium is the final part of Jones’ trilogy about artists in crisis. He began with Desire (2009), a psychodrama that explores the link between sex and creativity through the story of a screenwriter whose main character threatens to take over not just his creative life, but his sanity; and continued with Delight (2013), where a former war photographer's intense love affair with a younger man propels her into exorcising the ghosts of her past.
A 2016 release is being planned for Delirium.