‘Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist’ is a multi award-winning Manchester feature film loosely based on Hieronymus Bosch’s 15th century medieval painting, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’.
Its hard-hitting semi-autobiographical story follows Old Jack, an grieving ex-English teacher wasting away on welfare benefits, as he takes us on a bleak British journey through the tragic-comic fragments of his shattered past: as a council estate kid in 1984 when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister; as a university student in 1992 during John Major’s premiership; and as a 50 year old man in 2020 when Boris Johnson was in power.
The film’s exceptional cast includes David Howell from ‘Brassic’, 11 year old Reuben Clarke from ‘Peaky Blinders’, Wendy Patterson from ‘Spencer’, Julie Hannan from ‘Elizabeth is Missing’, Caroline Chesworth from ‘Brassic’, Margot Richardson from ‘Genius’, Nicki Davy from ‘Man Like Mobeen’, Mushi Noor from ‘Coronation Street’, Sophie Lund from ‘Napoleon’, Alexandra Maxwell from ‘Tin Star’, Lucy Avison from ‘Coronation Street’ and exciting newcomers James Ward, Lisa Maguire and Jenny Owen.
In turn, the film’s compelling medieval prog-folk soundtrack was written and performed by Ivor Novello nominated composer, Andrew McCrorie-Shand.
‘After the closing credits rolled the audience just sat in stunned silence’ – George Lythgoe, Manchester Evening News
‘A complex and original kind of social surrealism’ – Mike Quille, The Morning Star
‘A brilliantly crafted film’ – Zakk Brown, The Socialist Party (formerly Militant)
‘A searing portrait of modern Britain’ – Stephen Gillespie, The Twin Geeks
‘A modern Manchester fable’ – Becky Lima-Matthews, Live For Film
‘A brave attempt to go beyond the limits of social realism’ – Dave Kellaway, Anti-Capitalist Resistance
Since May 2022 the film has won over 55 international film awards and nominations including Best Feature Film (Ponza Film Awards / Italy 2022), Best Director (Madrid International Film Festival / Spain 2022), Best Soundtrack (Eastern Europe Film Festival / Romania 2022), Best Actor (Stockholm City Film Festival / Sweden 2022), Best Supporting Actor (Arrow International Film Festival / France 2022), Best Supporting Actress (Indo Malay Film Festival / Malaysia 2022), Best Film Poster (Athens Art Film Festival / Greece 2022).
Leigh Film Factory is a hi-spec, fully furnished cinema with 110 seating capacity situated within the neo-Baroque Leigh Spinners Mill, a huge Grade II listed building dating back to the Industrial Revolution.
It is a truly unforgettable venue, and we are thrilled that our feature film, which took our 45-strong cast and crew over six years to complete, will be screened here FOR FREE for a second time.
NOTE: Due to popular demand, an hour long Q&A with members of the film’s cast and crew will be available to the audience following the screening.