Waitress, the film, is Stephen Sheriffs directorial debut. Originally studying Law, and then moving to New York to look into acting, Sheriff has now returned to Glasgow, armed to the teeth and hell-bent on creating something magical.
This film has been causing a lot of talk throughout Glasgow’s creative environment, and is much anticipated. What is impressive, is not only the fact that this is Sheriffs first-ever film and it is generating so much attention, but that it is doing so because he is aiming to show a different side of cinematic Scotland. He states in an interview with Mel Bestel, that so much of Scottish cinema has a history as being bleak, dark, and tackling a heavy reality. Though he does not dismiss this, he simply wishes to shed a little light on gloomy Scotland, and has therefore set out to make a film speckled with magical realism and elegance.
He is inspired by the likes of David Lynch and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whom are masters at the craft of distorting a story into a slightly askew reality, however always maintaining a polish and elegance. This bit of elegance, as shared by Sheriff in his filmmaking, has seen him collaborate with much of Glasgow’s underground creative lot; incorporating local actors, artists, costume designers, venues, and the like. Waitress has been crowd-funded and sponsored all across Scotland, involving the community and opening up for collaboration.
This makes the film such an honest inspiration for anyone with drive and a DIY mentality; it is testament to the positive abilities of incorporating and accepting that social networking is a massive part of our daily life. Sheriff has utilised this very effectively in his filmmaking, by being active on these platforms to facilitate his filmmaking process. Currently halfway through the filming process, Sheriff hopes to finalise the project by next year. Set to be thirty minutes long, many are already waiting with bated breath for the release of what will most likely be a little bit of sparkle in Scotland’s cinema history.