Everyday Something


Drawing on Carol's extensive collection of newspaper cuttings, this film explores ideas of boredom and mundanity and is a poetic rendering of everyday life in crisis. Carol Morley's The Alcohol Years was one of the most talked about documentaries of 2000 and winner of a special Grierson award. Here Carol returns to her short film roots with initially hilarious results, but what darkness lurks behind the surreal suburban anecdotes?

Based on her collection of newspaper cuttings, Carol Morley's Everyday Something is a collage of extraordinary incidents in the lives of very ordinary people.

Narrator John Peel introduces us to a woman who can't stop jogging, a man obsessed with Claudia Schiffer and a washing machine repairman taken hostage, amongst others.


Cast & Crew

Michael Grinter
Chris Stanton
Andrew Spence
Ruth Raymond
Louise James
Kevin Gower
Jean Marlow
Thirl Drew
Paul Rogan
Carol Holt
Nick Ewans
Jennifer Thorne
Richard Pescud
Miranda French
Jim Conway
Sally Bayley

Narrator: John Peel

Writer/Director: Carol Morley
Editor: Diarmid Scrimshaw
Director of Photography: Mary Farbrother
Producer: Cairo Cannon
Art Director: Michelle Bhatia
Assistant Art Director: Alice Ibsen
Focus Puller: George Steel
Additional Camera: Peter Bathurst
Clapper Loader: Kate Filby, Neil Flaherty
Gaffer: Pip Keeling
Electrician: Mark Keeling
Grip: Andy Hickman
Production Manager: Helen Jackson
Runner: Luca D'Avanzo
2nd AD: Clare Pryke
Sound: Viv Acious, Luke Neuman
Dubbing Mixer: Nigel Glynn-Davies
Titles: Frameline

Selected Screenings

  • Selected by the BFI for the Mediateque - 2006
  • Special Programme, INK, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - July 2005
  • Selected by Prenelle Gallery/ Film London to play before 9 Songs at UGC - April 2005
  • Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA London - 2005
  • Film Four 2nd Transmission - Sep 2004
  • Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - June 2003
  • Raindance East Film Festival , London - March 2003
  • Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California, USA - March 2003
  • Semarang International Film Festival, Java, Indonesia - March 2003
  • La Enana Marron Independent Cinema, Madrid, Spain - Jan/Feb 2003
  • Stuttgart Int'l Film Festival, Germany - Jan 2003
  • Seoul International Film Festival, Korea - Dec 2002
  • l'alternativa 1X festival de Cinema Independent, Barcelona - Nov 2002
  • 18th International Short Film Festival, Berlin - Nov 2002
  • AFI (American Film Institute) Int'l Film Festival, Los Angeles - Nov 2002
  • Corto Circuito, Italy - Nov 2002
  • Naples Short Film Festival, British Council new British film programme, Italy - Nov 2002
  • Selected for Shooting People annual event, The Scala, London - Oct 2002
  • 47th Cork International Film Festival, Ireland - Oct 2002
  • Feminale Int'l Women's Festival, Germany - Oct 2002
  • Short Cuts, International Competition, Cologne, Germany - Sep 2002
  • Louis Le Prinz Short film Competition, Leeds International Film festival, UK - Sep 2002
  • 50th Melbourne Film Festival, International competition, Australia - July 2002
  • Brisbane Int'l Film Festival, Australia - July 2002
  • 53rd Int'l Short Film Festival, Montecatini, Italy - July 2002
  • Cambridge Film Festival, UK - July 2002

Project Background

One of the largest publicly funded award programmes for artists in the UK, the London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA) scheme offered awards of up to £20,000 for production of artists' moving image work.

From 2000 to 2008 the scheme supported London-based artists working in the context of contemporary moving image practice - producing work intended for exhibition in galleries, festivals, specialist venues and as site specific installations.

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Key Information


Everyday Something


Carol Morley



Year Completed




Shooting format


Screening format

Single screen, Digi Beta



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