When I Grow Up
is a 2008 Drama film
directed by Michael Ferns
starring Robbie Maltman and Kita Hilmi. It is the second short feature film distributed by B.Begg Media
(The first being Blind Man`S Bluff ). Maltman plays emotional teenager West, who meets Yasmine Davis . After beginning to like each other some troubles arise with the local bullied Kerine.
B.Begg Media began developing When I Grow Up on 10 of June 2008, by that time various actors and crew were attached to the project. Production began in August in Balfron, filming mainly in locations like houses,the main street or the park, the most expensive scene ever filmed was the disco scene filmed in the local school (Balfron High School ) costing approx. £25 . B.begg Media. will be launching a film premiere on 12 December 2008 at the school . When I Grow Up DVD will be available to preorder at the same time by talking to either Michael or Matthew.
West is sitting on the bed self harming when his drunken mother comes barging in and screams at him to kill himself telling him that he would be doing her and his father a favor. We see west walking and thinking whether to go to school or not, he decides not to.West is sitting under a tree when Kiren and his gang come and distract him with comments then burn his book at which point a girl called Yasmine comes and meets him. At school he is in PE class when he is again taunted and runs off , back under the same tree yasmine follows him and asks him to take her to the prom.Yasmine comes over to his house before the date and is warned by his mother "not to get pregnant" While at the prom once again Kiren and his gang cause trouble and beat up west while Kiren forces himself onto Yasmine but flees just before a teacher comes.After getting help west gets rather angry at his house and smashes a TV after this his mother asks him to get some ciggerets.Kiren has a dream sequence where he and Yasmine are together but wakens up and almost stabs one of his fellow bullies because of a joke comment said. We see West and Yasmine in there room and west tells Yasmine how his father was burtally mudered and all he had to remember him by was a picture his father drew for him. which leads to them kissing and west walking out. While at the park trying to find west Yasmine she encounters Kerien who this time has a knife and forces himself onto her once again but this time is pulled off by West and after a struggle Kiren accidently stabs Yasmine who dies in Wests arms. We see west in his room looking at the picture his father drew and ironically Kiren the one self harming.
When I Grow Up is the brain child of Robbie Maltman and Kita Himli who conceived the idea had bother getting it funded by the school due to its mature rating worked with the director and made the movie on a independent budget anyway. This lead to minor problems like raising funds for hireling a hall or the expenses paid to hire the equipment. Like the last movie none of the cast or crew where paid due to it being all voluntary.
Casting happened on two days. the 10th of June and the 17 of june. The early date was the main one for trials of both cast and crew auditions (mostly cast ). Several people tryed out for West due to at the time Robbie Maltman was going to be one of the fellow bullies. Auditions also took place in Dundee where someone was selected to play West. Problems arose with this contact forcing Maltman to play west and his younger sister (Amy Maltman ) to play the bullies. The later of the auditions was mostly for cast where it was done at lunch during the school day.
Filming took place monday 4 August
till friday 8 august
. This short period of time was well used and filmed in a vrious of places.On day one filming mostly took in a home nearly the bottom of Balfron village.With some main street and park senes.On the other days filming was varied to different places except the last day which had mostly park scene then a short scene at the local primary school.
Notability in the public
This film has been noticed by several news papers and Towns people that have helped made this film. Also stars like the BBC reporter Rhona Mcleod
and Bill Chandler of the royal national scotish orchstra have been involved in this movie and promoted it through out