Short Film: THE GOING, 11min., UK, Drama

“Why do you make me leave the house
And think for a breath it is you I see”
The Going, Thomas Hardy

It’s been 6 months since Leila died. So why does it feel like she’s still here?

Memories of Emma’s wife are heaped all over the house: handwritten notes in her favourite book, her scent on an old scarf, her coat by the door…and the chain of old text messages sent before it happened.

Emma knows it’s time to clear out and move on. But Leila’s number is still on her phone, as though she is just a text message away. And when Emma’s writings begin to summon a strange figure in red, she realises that she’s not that ready to let go…

Female first-time filmmakers, Queynte Laydies, present a short film about grief, ghosts and loneliness, based on the 1912 poem by Thomas Hardy.

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By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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