“Jefferyy”, is the day in the life of a quintessential English eccentric. Jeffery lives in his own world, which much like himself is a product of his own creation. Jeffery loses himself in the golden age of hollywood, he longs to be a modern day Valentino, even his home is grandiose and melodramatic, harking back to the silent movie star palaces of Sunset Boulevard. He has a passion for all things beautiful and surrounds himself with beautiful things.
On the surface he embraces his flamboyant persona and adores the attention his outrageous image attracts. Jeffery is a gossip, a confidante to the rich and famous and above all a terrible flirt. Jeffrey is affluent and successful and from outward appearances he is confident and self aware.
But beneath the surface Jeffery’s demons are starting to come to light. There is an uncomfortable and nagging feeling eating away at him on a daily basis, something he can’t quite put his finger on, or face up to. Something is missing. Despite a horrific upbringing he longs to be part of a loving family.
Over the course of the day we gain an insight into Jeffery’s history and discover the true sacrifices he has had to make in growing up differently to the rest of society. We witness the rejection, prejudice and torture he has endured from the family that should have been there to protect him. He is still haunted by his past and an effort to reach out, forgive and move on from his painful past results in a devastating confrontation. Jeffery has to accept the truth about his relationship with his family and he breaks down. But as we discover later on, Family can come in many different forms.
A trip to a local department store changes Jeffery’s life forever. He discovers a means of reaching out to people, other outsiders from society who share his passion for difference and individuality. A wonderful network of other eccentrics who are not afraid to shine. Jeffery forms a close bond with ‘Christopher’, a Los Angeles fashion designer in whom Jeffery finds a kindred spirit. On the back of this relationship he finds a brave new world filled with colorful fantasists who wear their scars with pride.
With a new found freedom and a sense of acceptance and understanding, Jeffery starts to embrace life again. No longer alone, he finally begins to feel comfortable in his own skin. Ultimately Jeffrey discovers that there is a world waiting for him and his new family fulfill exactly what he and indeed what most of us are looking for - to be loved and wanted.
This is the debut film of writer Stephen James. On the strength of the powerful script alone, Stephen was flooded with offers of help from professional crew members to collaborate on this minimal budget production.
Screen Actors Guild award winner Daniel Brocklebank (Shakespeare in Love), plays the role of Jeffery beautifully in this challenging role.
The film was made over the course of two days and by the end of filming no one wanted to leave Stephens set. Laughter and creativity filled the set and when shooting had wrapped, as a film maker, Stephen had found his dream team for future productions.