The cast of unknown actors is a random collection of people from all over the south of the United States, from barber shops, youth clubs, churches, and the streets. Yet by living together during the 19 day shoot they got to know each other and impromptu scenes allowed friendships and tensions to be played out on screen. Together with the simple nature of the script and the natural flow of conversation ‘George Washington’ helps to encapsulate what you would imagine life to be like in the Deep South. The cinematography and effective use of antique filters enhances this mind image, and re-creates the languid ease and pace of life in the deep South. Though this means the film is never lacking in atmosphere it is sometimes lacking in pace, and momentum.
A melancholy drama 'George Washington' is beautifully narrated film (Nasia) capturing some moments of unforgettable reality.
A bfi Collections release
Directed by David Gordon Green
Cinematographer Tim Orr
Certificate - 12
Running Time - 89 Minutes
Release Date - September 28th 2001, Metro Cinema, Ritzy Cinema,
and National Film Theatre, London and Broadway, Nottingham.