Triple Word Score
This film is a moving and funny portrait of an angry man called Alan (Bill Nighy). A man approaching the winter of his life and like most people he has been touched by a bit of tragedy (one of his sons went missing in his late teens), and disappointment (he has a very distant relationship with his other son and his grandson).
Unlike most people however Alan believes that all this can be put right; with a little bit of word play like the wordgame with which he is obsessed.
Monstrously insensitive, Alan barges into his adult son’s home and life, trying to make everyone have more fun, while at the same time being utterly oblivious to hurt and chaos he causes. He coerces his grandson into playing wordgames for money. He gets a new girlfriend. He becomes obsessed with the idea that his missing son can be found and is communicating to him through online wordgames. The odd thing is that – although he is a monster, the people around him really are becoming happier, and more self-confident. But can Alan make himself happier too? Can he find his missing son?
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Goodbye Christopher Robin/Railway Man) Triple Word Score is intriguing, odd, warm and funny and so much more than a play on words.
Triple Word Score (working title) started principal photography on the 30th October on location in Liverpool and York and stars, Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Tom McInnerny and Alice Lowe.