Live Q&A with Josie Long
We’re delighted to be welcoming award-winning comedian Josie Long to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse on Thursday 14 November at 8.30pm, when she will be performing an intro to her two short comedy films Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure, and taking part in a Q&A with director Doug King afterwards.
One of the most respected comedians of her generation, Josie won the BBC New Comedy Award in 1999 aged just 17. After taking time off to complete her English degree at Oxford she won the Chortle Newcomer Award in 2005, scooped Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 and has been nominated three times for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in recent years. Josie is a regular contributor to numerous BBC Radio shows, a panellist on radio and TV quiz shows such as Just A Minute and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and her writing credits include teen TV drama Skins.
Last year, Josie and director Doug King made two short films in Glasgow, Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure, which were nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award. Josie wrote and starred in the films, both of which follow one young woman’s awkward rite of passage into modern adulthood. Now the pair have taken to the road, bringing the films to the pick of the UK’s independent cinemas.
In Let’s Go Swimming, Josie has left her life in London for a better one in Glasgow, the indie band theme park where she will finally be happy and accepted. But sitting in cafes and going to gigs on your own isn’t as fulfilling as she’d hoped. Romance and Adventure finds Josie approaching 30, wandering the streets drinking Buckfast with her flatmate Darren, and wondering why her friends are becoming old and boring. Cameo appearances include Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat, and comedians Jojo Sutherland and Jo Neary.
Says Josie: “Making these films was the best time of my life ever. I’m so proud that we now get to show them to audiences. At every stage from chatting about ideas, to writing, to rehearsing, planning and realising them onscreen, we’ve been powered by massive enthusiasm and excitement.”