No sooner has recovering alcoholic Jack (Andrew Buchan) finally proposed to long-term girlfriend Camilla (Romola Garai) than Anna Friel’s single mum turns up to tell him he has a seven-year-old son from their boozy one-night fling. And that’s not all he has to worry about, as viewers of British independent film Having You will quickly discover.
Jack frets that he isn’t worthy of Camilla – she’s a middle-class doctor; he restores old fruit machines for a living. (‘You fix fruities that no one wants. That’s a hobby not a job,’ his bitter dad – Phil Davis – tells him, less than helpfully.) Camilla, meanwhile, is desperate for a child but has fertility problems. What should Jack do?
Making his feature film debut, actor turned writer-director Sam Hoare (Garai’s partner offscreen) has come up with a somewhat contrived set-up, but thanks to his sensitive script and excellent cast, he’s managed to develop it into a low-key but quietly affecting drama.
Having You is currently showing on Sky Premiere HD.