Short Film: METRES APART, 6min., UK, Drama

Directed by Teele Dunkley
13-year-old Lilly is running through the empty streets of a rural village, followed by a man (Ethan). He follows her until she runs to a weathered bench and sits down. After a strained and awkward conversation between them, Lilly finally opens up and reveals her true feelings towards him. From their conversation, it is slowly revealed that Ethan is her dad, who she has not seen for months. Lilly has found the separation hard, living alone with her mother who struggles with her own mental health and has felt for a long time that her relationship with her dad is slipping away, with all his time focused on his new family. While talking to Lilly, Ethan receives a call from his new wife Julia. The three of them try to work out a way to move forward.

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Director Biography – Teele Dunkley

Estonian born and Norfolk based Teele Dunkley
is a director, producer and still photographer.

Her career started in 2010 when she worked for Eye Film and TV as a production coordinator, DOP and editor after graduating from Media studies.

Soon after that, Teele also started working as a freelance director, DOP and editor, focusing mainly on producing music videos for unsigned bands and singers in the UK and in Estonia. She also worked on short film projects, including ‘Peppermint’ where she worked as DOP and editor.

To date, Teele has directed and produced 27 projects, including music videos, short films and actors showreels, with the size of the crews ranging from ‘one-woman-crew’ to 70 people. During these projects, Teele has developed and strengthened her skills of visual storytelling and producing high-quality content on a small budget. After the birth of her daughter, Teele took a break from directing and worked part-time as a photographer. She excels in action and portrait photography taking photos of dancers and actors’ headshots.

Since September 2019, Teele has been back pursuing her passion and dream of directing films. She was a co-producer on a short film ‘Sanjay Saves the World’, directed, filmed and edited a music video for Estonian band Francis and in 2020 wrote, directed and edited short film ‘Metres Apart’. She is now in post-production for her next short film ‘Losing Us’ and is also working on developing scripts for various feature films.
Education: City College Norwich in association with UEA 2008 – 2010 FDA Media (Moving Image Pathway).

Director Statement

The inspiration for Metres Apart came from real-life stories we all have heard – families that separate and kids who are in the middle of it all. We assume that it’s only the little children that find it hard not to live with their mum or dad, but teenagers find it hard too, if not even harder.

Lilly lives alone with her mum who struggles with her own mental health. Metres Apart explores how being away from her dad for months has affected 13-year-old teenager, especially during coronavirus lockdown. Lilly has felt for a long time that her relationship with her dad is slipping away. Are they able to fix it?

The script was written during the time where social distancing was part of our everyday life and requirement on the film set. Lilly’s distant relationship with her dad allowed us to film Metres Apart, with that all in mind. After writing the first draft, Paul Andrew Goldsmith came on board as my writing partner, and together we made sure to keep the uniqueness of these current times in mind while focusing the story around the feelings of the two main characters.

We have sent Metres Apart Script to many film festivals and script competitions and we feel honoured and humbled to have been awarded high ranking places, honourable mentions and winning places from all over the world. It feels wonderful to now share not just the script, but also our little film with the world.

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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