Right Hand Drive
Evan lives in a small English village with his rather, eccentric Aunty Ivy. He’s bright, he’s cool, but he’s stuck in his rural backwater and he’s just lost his job. We first meet him and his aunt as they are driving off to church in his old Porsche restoration project. Aunty Ivy enforces regular attendance at the very small village chapel, and although Evan attends mostly out of habit, he often wonders why. The chapel boasts a devoted congregation of a few old fashioned but friendly folk, including Norman who is convinced he is really a Roman Centurion. All of them seem rather weird except for his best friend Sri, and a pretty young lady (Ruth) who he's known since his childhood.
Country of Origin: UK
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Medium: Silicon Imaging 2K & HD
Rights: Worldwide Distribution - Porchlight
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CAST & CREW
Director: Mark Kalbskopf
Director of Photography :Nicholas J S Wise
Producer: Debbie Crosscup, Mark Kalbskopf
Supervising Sound Editor :Vanesa Lorena Tate
Post Production SupervisorDominique Devoucoux
Cast: Evan - Edward Jaspers, Auntie Ivy - Clare Welch, Norman - Josh Cole, Pastor Thorpe - Nick Lumley, Sri - Valmike Rampersad, Joan - Sarah Buckland, Ruth - Annabelle Wallis, Dirk Thomas - Robert G Slade, Brenda Thomas - Nancy Baldwin, Ashley - Laura Donnelly
Writer: Mark Kalbskopf
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company
“Of course, she’s just a friend” says Evan, and Aunty Ivy smiles knowingly.
One day while driving home on the narrow country lanes Evan has an accident with a vacationing American family who are subsequently forced to stay temporarily at his aunt's very English cottage. The American family bring a cynical father (Dirk) and two teenaged daughters into the house; a sullen Goth and a rather attractive college student (Ashley). National and religious cultures immediately collide and Evan begins to find all kinds of reasons why he must distance himself from his local heritage and show Ashley around the countryside.
In the mean time, Aunty Ivy is taking her worldly atheistic visitors off to the delights of the local chapel prayer meeting and introducing a bewildered Goth to the good book.
For Evan the embarrassment is intense, with his excuses coming thick and fast, and soon his friends, including Ruth, find themselves abruptly ditched.
Meanwhile Evan is down the pub making bets with the outrageous Dirk, who’s out to crush any remnant of faith in Evan. He’s wagering the price of their airfares home against the cost of a completely new paint job for Evan’s tatty Porsche. It all hangs on whether Evan’s prayers can induce a job offer by the time the American’s leave. Will God deliver? It will take a miracle, which Dirk is certain don’t happen and which Evan is certain he can secretly engineer. So with a little bit of fudging on his resume, and a few untruth’s here and there, Evan is well on his way to winning the bet, if he can only prove himself at one nerve wracking probationary sales presentation.
Romantically, things are heating up with Ashley and despite the unexpected appearance of her French boyfriend one afternoon, all is forgotten in one late night rendezvous in the rustic kitchen.
Ignoring all the warnings from his Indian friend Sri and remonstrance’s from a very disappointed Ruth, he ploughs ahead on his compromised pathway. His childhood faith pushed firmly aside, he’s even complying with the request for dubious female companions at his approaching company sales presentation. Cheating the American visitors so they miss a flight, and questionable business practices complete his downfall. It all culminates in a disastrous but comical sales presentation with his ‘companions’ arriving at the wrong time and his total absence of German speaking skills blatantly obvious. He’s left with no prospects at all . . . well, almost none. Forgetting Ruth’s birthday invitation, he responds to Ashley’s alluring note to meet him at a local Hotel room. To his stunned surprise it turns out to be an unexpected tipsy foursome with her French boyfriend and another floozy. Evan is totally confused and out of his depth. He leaves by himself and tries to find comfort in several pints at the local pub. Everything has failed, but amazingly his real friends arrive to haul him out of the gutter and talk some sense into him.
But all is not so easily repaired. A frigid gulf has opened up between him and Ruth that he now desperately wants to bridge, while the Americans are finally leaving and Dirk is demanding his money for the lost bet.
Slowly but surely a penitent Evan begins to address his failings one by one. Putting his cherished car up for sale, showing kindness to those he’s disrespected, and fulfilling unkept promises, slowly clarifies his vision. Still, Ruth has been lost, the American’s have gone and the only miracle that happened was the strange subtle transformation of their Goth Daughter to something almost pleasant.
And why is Aunty Ivy smiling?
An accidental concussion from Norman’s Roman spear finally brings Evan face to face with Ruth and to falteringly stutter out his true feelings. As the sun sets on the hillside above the village, all that is left, is for Ruth to respond and Evan to finally understand the value of the village and the little chapel of Packwater.