Last year, award-winning comedian Josie Long and director Doug King made two short comedy films in Glasgow called Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure, which were nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award. Now Doug and Josie are packing their limited belongings and second hand clothes into a camper van to embark on a UK-wide tour of their favourite independent cinemas this November. They have cleverly titled this tour – Doug & Josie: The Let’s Go Adventure Tour.
Recently described as London’s answer to Lena Dunham, Josie wrote and stars in both films – which were directed by Doug and funded through a lot of goodwill and a Sponsume crowdfunding campaign. Both films follow one young woman’s awkward rite of passage into modern adulthood.
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.
In Romance and Adventure, Darren is Josie’s best friend. Josie is Darren’s flatmate. Approaching 30, Josie is desperate to travel, to escape, to do something big. Darren is happy having his meals cooked by someone other than his mum. Together they drink Buckfast and wander the streets, wondering why their friends are becoming old and boring, with houses and marriages and kitchens to retile. Together they make fun of squares and make up games, it’s them against the world, or so Josie hopes. How much can you rely on a friend who doesn’t want to grow up?
At each date on the tour, Josie will perform a short intro before the films and both Doug & Josie will take part in an audience Q&A afterwards.
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. We’ve had the same talented crew for both films and we’re just at the beginning of our working life together. Hopefully we will next make a brilliant feature that will take us on the gravy train to Hollywood. Then bad luck arseholes, you will never see us again. I’m kidding! We can’t wait to see you all on the tour.”
Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure were written by Josie Long and directed by Doug King. Let’s Go Swimming features cameos from Stuart Murdoch, Aidan John Moffat and Jojo Sutherland. Romance & Adventure features cameos from Alison Peebles and Jo Neary.
Doug and Josie are now working on the script for a full length feature film which will be script edited by Jesse Armstrong.
The full dates for Doug & Josie: Let’s Go Adventure Tour are:
2/11 Greenwich Comedy Festival – Greenwich Picturehouse 4pm
3/11 Oldham, Playhouse 2 7.30pm
5/11 Glasgow, GFT 8.45pm
6/11 – Edinburgh, Filmhouse cinema 9pm
7 & 8/11 Newcastle, Star & Shadow TIME TBC
9/11 Birmingham Electric 9pm
10/11 Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema 6pm
11/11 Oxford Picturehouse 8pm
12/11 Cardiff, Charter 8pm
14/11 – Northampton, Erol Flynn 8.30pm
15/11 Bristol – Scott Cinema 7pm
16/11 Penzance Acorn 8pm
20/11 – Exeter, Phoenix 8pm
22/11 Hackney Picturehouse 9.15pm
24/11 – Leicester, Phoenix 8pm
25/11 Leeds Picturehouse 9pm
26/11 Cambridge Picturehouse 9pm
27/11 Norwich Picturehouse 8.45pm
28/11 Lexi Kensal Rise (NW3) Picturehouse 9pm
2/12 Brighton, Duke of York Picturehouse 9pm
Tickets will go on sale on Monday 2nd September from www.dougandjosie.com.