Bucket is a collection of 12 interweaving Surrealist short films which paint a bizarre portrait of the small sleepy Hertfordshire town of Potters Bar and its many absurd residents.
Production Assistants: Clint Henderson, Paul Ludlow and Ian Tucknott.
Soundtrack written and performed by Bill Hooper.
Jennifer Bath: Colette
Lizzie Black: Dream Girl
Tom Brain: Priest
Stasia Buckle: Dream Girl's Housemate
Miss Loula Cherry: 1940s Diva/The Slapper
Sarah Clowes: Dora
David English: Cab Driver
Mark Garvey: Dreaming man
Xsara Helmi: Fairy
Clint Henderson: Luke
James Hingley: Sleepy-Head
Bill Hooper: Swansong Singer
Katie Lawrence: Broody Girl
Jack Lawrence-Jones: Son
Paul Ludlow: Pa
James Newman: Presto Hume
Gabriel Norland: Dream Boy
Anna Philpott: Escort
Brian Reece: Carer
Andy-Parker Rees: Sick Father
Tom Skinner: John/Zeus
Ian Tucknott: Target Man
Victoria Warby: Mother
Paul Woodcock: Delivery Driver
Only some way into production was it decided that Bucket was to be a feature film. Initially, we were simply making short films that weren’t overtly connected.
Bucket features 12 subtle appearances of a “Shadow-character”: one in each episode.
Each individual episode contains at least one “fuck it”: either verbally or visually.
Each episode also features at least one verbal reference or visual appearance of that particular episode’s individual number.
Having the Delivery Driver (Paul Woodcock) stood at the house’s front-door in the ocean was half Surrealist spontaneity and half due to having run out of available locations.
The episode name Hannah Close was found by looking at a road map. When scouting the road "Hannah Close", Mark realised that he’d actually been stuck there for several hours just weeks before, as it is the Ikea pick-up point. It remains unclear if the experience of being stranded at Hannah Close with too much furniture to fit into a single vehicle had any influence on the script or its title.
The sequence in which the Priest (Thomas Brain) stands on his head was not planned. As Junior rightfully says in the blooper reel: “I love it, there’s no reason for it, it’s not even in the script. He’s here, so let’s make him stand on his head like a c*nt”.
The concept of a car only being able to drive backwards in reverse is based on a true story told to Mark by Annika Skoog.
The scene in which “the slapper” (Miss Loula Cherry) slaps the carer (Brian Reece) and “the aggressor” (Franky Abbot) attacks him in the pub was unplanned. Miss Loula Cherry and Franky Abbot just happened to be drinking there at the time.
The bar in the opening of Take Heart was actually in Mark’s lounge.
The filming of Bill Hooper, Al Wilkinson and Clint Henderson playing the brief section of the song Take Heart was such a shambles that Mark edited the many bloopers together as "The Hooper Reel". This featured as a bonus feature on the Bucket DVD.0
A working fan featured in the original My Coffee Doesn’t Taste the Same Without You with Andy Parker-Rees and Xsara Helmi. The idea for inclusion of the broken fan in the final version was due to Mark breaking the fan between shooting the two versions.
Ian Tucknott stabbing his hand when doing the washing-up was never in the script. It was improvised upon receipt of the track Compulsion from Bill Hooper. The song’s lyrics were used as the script for this sequence. The same sequence was later re-created with Clint Henderson for the Abstract Expressionism video in Palette.
Circulation was the first script written although it was never intended to be a part of Bucket. The original script dates back to 2002.
The interior shots of the tent were shot in Mark’s lounge and the sequence in which Dora’s room goes up in flames took place in Mark’s back garden.