Auld Lang Syne

  • 48'
  • Netherlands
  • 2015
Brothers John and Alan Lawson were born a mere 14 months apart and looked very alike. They were inseparable when they were young, had the same interests and even responded to each other's names. However, their characters were very different as became apparent in their later lives.
Filmmaker Cindy Jansen met John Lawson in Paris shortly before he died in 2009. His story of a life of partying, generosity and ultimately alcoholism and lies convinced her to look up Alan Lawson who made a career for himself as a professor at Brown University in Boston.
Jansen combines special camera and voice-over techniques (Alan reading John's text for instance) and alternates these with films from the family's archive and images of places John spoke about. The calm, loving film subtly makes you think about life's choices and society's sometimes high expectations.
Director
Cindy Jansen
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Netherlands, USA, France
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
48'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Cindy Jansen
Production Company
Cindy Jansen Film
Sales
Cindy Jansen Film
Screenplay
Cindy Jansen
Cinematography
Cindy Jansen
Editor
Cindy Jansen
Sound Design
Bart Jilesen
Music
Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline
Cast
Alan Lawson
Website
http://www.auldlangsyne.nl