The cost of living


The Cost of Living
was shot on location in Cromer on the Norfolk coast: a typical, old-fashioned and faded English seaside resort. The summer season has petered to an end. An air of desertion hangs over the town. Eddie and David are disillusioned street performers. Eddie is tough, confrontational and not afraid to defend his belief in justice, respect and honesty. David is a dancer who has no legs (as he is in real life), watching him makes you reconsider accepted notions of grace and perfection. He is quietly determined not to let his disabilities or society's prejudices get in his way. A series of inter-linked scenes show Eddie and David's encounters with other people; some are incredibly hard-hitting, others exhilarating because of their sheer physicality.

Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson
35 mins © DV8 Films Ltd 2004
Commissioned by UK's Channel 4 Television
Loosely adapted from the 2003 stage production
Broadcast in the UK on 29th May 2005
performers...... Jose Maria Alves, Gabriel Castillo, Robin Dingemans,
Tom Hodgson, Eddie Kay, Tanja Liedtke, Eddie Nixon, Kareena Oates,
Rowan Thorpe, David Toole, Vivien Wood
voice over...... John Avery
original music...... Nick Hooper, Paul Charlier, Jonathan Cooper
music supervisor...... Ivan Chandler
production designer...... Suzie Davies
editor...... Stuart Briggs
director of photography...... Cameron Barnett
producer...... Nikki Weston