‘The Date’ is the first film from Peacock Productions.
Made on a budget of just under £500, the film was shot late 2013 and completed in early 2014.
It is a story about grace. It was originally inspired by the story of Hosea from the Bible; about a man who takes back his wife after she has had an affair.
In the film, ‘The Man’ (Callum Arnott) is in a situation where he was been badly wronged. His gut feeling – and his friends – demand that his wife be left to live with the consequences of her actions. She certainly doesn’t deserve a second chance
In the film we really wanted to explore the concept of forgiveness; the idea of the hand of reconciliation being extended even when it is very much undeserved; of being able to look past wrongs and see the possibility of starting over again.
It can be mistaken for weakness.
However in the story we very much didn’t want to paint it as the ‘weak’ option; to give the impression that ‘The Man’ is some sort of wimp being walked over; that he is foolish and naive in taking her back.
Rather we wanted the audience to see his actions as brave & strong. By giving her a chance, he is actually being heroic; he is taking a risk and making himself vulnerable to achieve a higher goal. He is a fighter. There is a chance that the cycle could be repeated but for now he is choosing to absorb his hurt/rejection and move forwards.
However, the ending has been deliberately left open.
We didn’t want it to be ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ sort of film. The audience must decide for themselves what happens next. Maybe the two characters reconcile…. Maybe they don’t…
The key point of the film is that ‘The Man’ makes the decision to meet her and at least entertain the possibility that things could be restored…
It is about taking a chance…
Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. Forgiveness is different from condoning, excusing, pardoning, forgetting, and reconciliation .