Part factual document using personal film archive and real interviews, part fictional narrative shot across central and south east London; This City Is An Illusion: The Debt, follows the fragmented psycho-odyssey of a London Soho Debt Collector suffering from psychosis, whose past, present and future congeal, his world and its characters splintering into a cyclic ritual of remembering, retelling and retribution, against the ominous backdrop of Canary Wharf Financial Centre.
Written and Directed by Jake Astbury
Omar Shaker as Gabriel
James Tweedy as The Horse
Sarah Rush as Faith
Karen McCaffrey as Mrs Jones
Scarlet Rose McCaffrey as Little Girl
Format: Mini-DV Anamorphic, cropped HD, Super8, 16mm.
Aspect Ratio: 2.70:1
Colour and Black and White
UK Duration: 21 minutes, 21 seconds
2009 16:9 Letterbox 70 minutes,
2023 2.70:1native, 21mins, 21seconds.
Copyright AstburyFilm / Jake Astbury 2023