Common Ground is the third film made by Beg Steal Borrow.

It tells the story of Dennis, whose musician brother Oli is missing. Dennis is not the only person looking for him. Oli’s ex-wife, the members of his band and the local moneylenders are all on the lookout for Oli too. And tramps have moved into Oli’s flat. With Oli nowhere to be found, Dennis inherits a whole set of problems that threaten both him and his family… Set against the backdrop of the contemporary economic crisis and the anti-government protests of late 2011, Common Ground is a neonoir film about family, identity, economics and the dream of utopia.

Common Ground was made on a micro-budget – it cost about £500 to make – and yet its makers are convinced that it can rival many a professional production.


Following its screening at FEST 2013 in Portugal, Common Ground has recently been selected for the American Online Film Awards Spring Showcase. Stay tuned for more details.

Alternatively, you can watch the film here.

(The password is cg2014.)

The full credits for the film (pretty much cut and pasted from the IMDb) are here:

Written, Directed, Edited and Produced by
William Brown

Alastair Trevill… Murphy
Oliver Campbell … Oli
Kristina Gren … Female Tramp
Musa Okwonga … Boss
William Brown … Tramp
Nick Marwick … Nick
Juliet Chua … Juliet
Alex Chevasco … Alex / Chevy
Alastair Hird … Punter
Laura Murray … Charlotte
Gabriel Chua … Gabriel
Charlie Partridge… Charlie
Isabel Chua … Isabel
David Miller … Piano Player
Andrew Slater … Murphy Thug
Dennis Chua … Dennis

Produced by
Deanne Cunningham…. producer and executive producer
Andrew Slater …. producer

Original Music by
David Miller
The King’s Will

Cinematography by
Tom Maine

Makeup Department
Hayley Barr …. makeup artist

Julia Poliak …. assistant director

Sound Department
William Brown …. sound editor
Deanne Cunningham …. boom operator
Andrew Slater …. boom operator

Visual Effects by
William Brown …. digital effects
Tom Maine …. digital effects

Camera and Electrical Department
Antti Janhunen …. gaffer
Jo Jo Lam …. assistant camera
Julia Poliak …. assistant camera