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It’s a well-worn story: the middle-aged man, running on empty, trades everything in for a second shot at life before it’s too late.

For men in particular, there is a glut of stereotypes of what mid-life is supposed to look and feel like. There’s the image of the much younger wife and faster sports car, for starters. But what lies beneath these caricatures - a newfound freedom or a struggle to cope? Just recently The Telegraph (UK) reported that middle-aged men are ‘least happy with life.’

Set against these social stereotypes and the cult of youth, The Middle Men reveals the emotional and physical worlds of eight middle-aged men living and working in England.

The Middle Men explores the concept of ‘middle age’ and how 8 men experience it. Each confronts life’s circumstances on their own terms. There is a recovery from addiction, the search for a new career, a commitment to marriage, a recently broken home, a new business venture, an episode of depression, a return to bachelorhood and a recently found peace which had always seemed elusive.

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CREDITS:

Director
Meghan Horvath
www.meghanhorvath.com

Producer
Mark Ratcliff
www.murmurresearch.com

Co-Producer
Meghan Horvath

Editor
Anton Califano
www.antoncalifano.com

Camera
Luke Tchalenko
www.dustandscratchesfilms.com

Composer
Rob Manning
www.speakmusic.co.uk

Additional Camera
Neil Corbett
Meghan Horvath
Mark Ovenden

Production Assistants
Tracy Christmas
Camilla French
Nora Razian
Ester Straub

Online Editor
Helen Spode

Titles & Animation
Mark Ovenden
www.dustandscratchesfilms.com

Sound Editor
Rada Danilovic

Dubbing Mixer
Rada Danilovic

Colourist
Katy Piggott

Additional Music
King of Funk
Mark Ratcliff and Adam Whitaker

Additional Musicians
Sophie Sirota (Viola), Lucy Wilkins (Violin), and Sarah Wilson (Cello)

Cycle Fooage
Nick Guy of Meta Films

Post Production
Molinare

Sound Studio
Directors Cut Films

Music Mixed at Cowshed Studios by Joe Leach
www.cowshedstudio.com