With elements of Attack the Block and 28 Days Later, Super November is an ambitious project considering it’s micro, micro-budget. Exploring the impact that politics can have on a personal level, Douglas King and Josie Long has collaborated on a feature film which begins somewhat of a whimsical tale about a loved-up librarian who is adamant she has found her soul mate, and then with the impact of the right-wing government six months later we see her poised in a political crisis.
In some respects a romantic comedy and in others, an Orwellian dystopia, the film is far from subtly political, as the tone is carried heavily throughout the film from the conversation between Josie and Donna, performed by Janey Godley, to the attempt by Darren to escape to Florida, following in the footsteps of his parents. Sean Biggerstaff performs an awkward, yet arrogant Mikey, who quite willingly lures Josie into a sense of security with their very short-lived relationship, which revolves around a country where curfews are commonplace, and movement becomes near impossible and the only solution is to escape to the more remote parts, away from the urban detritus.
Filmed on merely £5,000 it’s a shame there’s this financial restriction, as it would have been great to witness some of the scenes that were riotous. Chris Forbes as the facetious, optimistic, Big John is fantastic in the role, as is James Allenby-Kirk as Roddy, highlighting some of the talent on the Scottish acting scene, but the synopsis seems a little contrived with the political content and yet also romantic whimsy. With a score to fit the film from Eigg’s Pictish Trail and great direction from Douglas King, there are moments throughout this film that are enjoyable to watch. The comedic elements of the film work for me, like when they are preparing for riots in Darren’s workplace, or the earlier scenes in the film when they are sat in the Doublet, so it’s certainly worth a gander.
Give Douglas King a bigger budget, however, and I am sure there would be more of these great elements, as although great, you got the feeling that there was more they wished to delve into with this script and this plot, but the restrictions in place held it back.