Short Film: DYING FOR A LIVING, 13min., UK, Documentary

 

Dying for living film poster with laurels flatten 150A sensitive, contrasting portrait of Shaun Morris, a 57 year old extroverted undertaker living hand-to-mouth in Southampton. Surviving on a zero hours contract, the opportunity of a permanent job appears which could change his life dramatically.

This story is a sensitive, touching portrait about Shaun, a self-deprecating, witty undertaker who is struggling to earn enough money for basic human needs, rent, food and clothes, but who attains self-fulfillment via his noble profession of undertaking. As we follow him on his pursuit of a full-time contract with his firm, we listen to Shaun’s reflections on his life and the choices he has made. The two accomplishments he is most proud of is doing his job well and producing a well rounded 21 year old daughter. Through his story we understand our innate survival methods, our need for acceptance and validation from others and that maybe talking about our own death isn’t so bad after all.

  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Sara Soheili (MWAH)

Director Biography

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Sara Soheili was born in Mashhad, Iran.
Upon completion of her Bachelor Degree studies in Microbiology, she was graduated from Azad University, Tehran Branch.
Along with her university studies, she attended Acting and Cinema Make-up Workshops at the Association of young filmmakers.
She then started her specialized artistic activities in Movies and Cinema as make-up artist in “Four-Fingered” and “Marriage in extra Time” movies.
In the year 2011, she started acting in “Gashte Ershad” movie and continued this career afterwards in other movies titled “Kalashnikov”, “Night Shift”, “Gashte Ershad 2” and “Kimia” Series.
By making “Mwah“short film in the year 2016, she has shown her willingness to start film production and directing activities along with her acting.

Director Statement

By making this movie I liked to show in a poetic way the sadness of trying to abort. The relationship between women with their embryos is a subject that has always inspired me.

Director BIO: Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri (THROUGH THE SUPERMARKET IN FIVE EASY STEPS)

Director Biography

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Born in Iceland, grew up in Sweden and lived in Finland since 1997. Directed shorts, TV-dramas and commercials.

Director Statement

I use my own material from life and work with these sometimes painful moments and try to see the moment from a distant perspective.

Director BIO: Elen Ji (DINNER FOR TWO)

Director Biography

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Born in Shanghai, China.
Graduate with BA in English from Tianjin University of Commerce;
Graduate with Postgraduate Diploma in Translation & Interpreting from Macquarie University of Sydney;
Graduate with MA in Conference Interpreting from Macquarie University of Sydney;
Worked as manager of Contemporary Art/ Oil Painting & Sculpture Dept. of Shanghai Hosane Auction House;
Now studying MFA in Filmmaking in National Taiwan University of Arts.

Director Statement

“Family” has always been an important subject to me, from which we can see more clearly of ourselves and find deeper understanding of the other individuals through the intimate relationships. I’d love to develop the ideas from daily family life to reflect people’s inner thoughts or feelings in a certain situation.

Director BIO: Maria Magdalena Jeziorowska (IMITATION)

Director Biography

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A 19-year old girl, who just graduated from the high school. “Imitation” is her film debut. 1st award and a very positive feedback from the jury of a polish national contest “My idea for a movie” mobilized her to shoot a short movie based on the winning script. The short movie “Imitation” was made with help of few professional crew members and (mostly) her friends and family, who believed in her dream to become a director. She strongly believes that the film industry is not only for men. She plans to take exams for a film school in Lodz and Katowice at the beginning of this summer.

2017 FEMALE Directed Short Films (72)

A Film Freeway Preferred Festival:

 

festival posterCHRISTINE, 10min, USA, LGBT/Coming of Age

festival posterORACLE, 3min., USA, Music Video
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festival posterTHE BLUE BUTTERFLY, 5min., China, Animation
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festival posterBARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
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festival posterPINK BUBBLES, 3min., Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterCHRYSALIS, 7min., Singapore, Animation
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festival posterPURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES, 2min., Canada, Animation
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festival posterKILLING US SOFTLY, 5min., Australia, Music Video
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festival posterWE DID NOT FALL FROM THE SKY, 26min., UK, Experimental/Relationship
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festival posterIN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation
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festival posterMASQUERADING: TO HELL AND BACK, 13min., South Africa, LGBT/Documentary
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festival posterREBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival posterMORNING AFTER 15min, USA, Drama/Romance
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festival posterPOST NO BILLS, 5min, Canada, Animation/Adventure
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festival posterTHE FOREST PRINCESS, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Family
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festival posterTHE BENEFACTION, 27min, USA, Drama
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festival posterFIRM WITH PURPOSE, 5min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterBETWEEN SECONDS, 20min, USA, Romance/Music
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festival posterHEDDA NEEDS HELP, 14min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterFELL, 5min, USA, Drama/Supernatural,
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festival posterMISSING PEACE, 17min., USA, Documentary/Drama
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festival posterTWO, 1min, USA, Fashion/Experimental
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festival posterD’ARLINE, 22min, USA, Drama/Biography
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festival posterLIZ DRIVES, 8min, Australia, Horror
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<festival posterNO WAVE, 11min, Canada, Thriller/Mystery
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<festival posterAMBER, 14min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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<festival posterDOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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<festival posterPEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation
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<festival posterUKA, 3min, Spain, Animation/Family
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<festival posterINGENUE-ISH, 10min, USA, Comedy
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<festival posterSUITCASE, 13min, France, Comedy
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<festival posterBAGGAGE, 17min, USA, Comedy
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<festival posterUNICORNLAND, 7min, USA, Comedy/Webseries
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<festival posterDEIGHTIES, 8min, Australia, Documentary/Romance
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<festival posterCOUNTING, 10min, USA, LGBT, Romance
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<festival posterMANEKI-NEKO, 12min, USA, Romance/Comedy
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<festival posterLAST NIGHT WAS A MISTAKE, 15min, USA, Romance/Comedy
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festival posterUNTIL DEATH DO US PART, 8min, USA, LGBT, Documentary
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festival posterMY NAME IS JOAN, 30min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterMAGIC RADIO, 9min, USA, Family/Comedy
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festival posterGRACE & GRIT, 3min, USA, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterWE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal
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festival posterTHE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP, 15min, Canada, Drama
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festival posterTHE SESSION, 7min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterNO STRINGS ATTACHED, 5min, USA, Music Video
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festival posterKAJAL, 20min, India, Drama
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festival posterMISIEK AND EVE FROM OUTER SPACE, 2min, Poland, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterWAJOOD (SELFHOOD), 13min, India, LGBT, Romance
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festival posterVOICING SILENCE, 3min, UK, Animation
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festival posterFAMILY SHADOWS, 4min, USA, Family/Drama
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festival posterPROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION, 4min, USA, Dance/Fashion
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festival posterEAT ME!, 20min, Bulgaria, Drama/Musical
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festival posterSEEDS, 12min, UK, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterCARGO, 25min, Netherlands, Documentary/Romance
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BLOSSOM OF MY HEART, 4min, Canada, Experimental/Anti-Romance
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festival posterFANTOME, 13min, Canada, Horror/Drama
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festival posterNOSTOMANIA, 2min, Canada, Experimental
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festival posterIN A WARM DARK PLACE, 10min, USA, Drama/Thriller
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festival posterTHE MAN FROM THE SWIM LANE ASIDE, 15min, Brazil, Drama/Romance
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festival posterBENDED BONDS, 6min, Belgium, Drama
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festival posterRIGHT HERE OR OVER THERE, 16min, France, Drama
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festival posterUNBIND, 5min, Australia, Dance/Experimental
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festival posterLE BELLE FOLIE, 14min, UK, Comedy
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festival posterCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
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festival posterTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
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festival posterHAVE A LITTLE FAITH, 12min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterUNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
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festival posterGEORGE, 7min, USA, Documentary
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festival posterPOKER NIGHT, 11min, Canada, Comedy
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THE SAD MONK, 11min. Germany
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festival posterTHE BODY I LIVE IN, 7min, USA
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festival posterGULMARG – PARADISE ON EARTH, 14min, Australia
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festival posterSNOOT IN THE CITY, 1min, Australia, Animation
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festival posterSUNDAY AFTER, 3min. Canada, Romance/Experimental
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festival posterFOUR DAY WEEKEND, 20min, USA, Romance/Drama
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festival posterPUMPKIN, 15min., USA, Romance/Drama
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festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
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festival posterIM PERFEKT, 7min, Hungray, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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December 2017 Female Directed & Written Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

festival posterCHRISTINE, 10min, USA, LGBT/Coming of Age

festival posterORACLE, 3min., USA, Music Video
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festival posterTHE BLUE BUTTERFLY, 5min., China, Animation
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festival posterBARRY THE BLOBFISH, 2min., USA, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterPINK BUBBLES, 3min., Taiwan, Animation
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festival posterCHRYSALIS, 7min., Singapore, Animation
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festival posterPURRS AND ‘OL MAN BLUES, 2min., Canada, Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKILLING US SOFTLY, 5min., Australia, Music Video
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterWE DID NOT FALL FROM THE SKY, 26min., UK, Experimental/Relationship
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterIN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterMASQUERADING: TO HELL AND BACK, 13min., South Africa, LGBT/Documentary
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festival posterREBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller
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festival posterMORNING AFTER 15min, USA, Drama/Romance
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ACTOREYES OF DAWN – FEMALE Feature Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sheri Davenport
ACTORLIFE COACH – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sandy Basran
ACTORTINDERELLA – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Jane Henning
ACTORELIZABETH BENNET IS DEAD – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Edith Woi
ACTORTRUCKER CHIX – COMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Susan Anlage
PRIMORDIAL SILENCE – FANTASY BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Irene Leonardou
ACTORINFECTED ROMANCE – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Sarah Kochan
ACTORTHE WORK OF ZOMBIES – HORROR BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Patricia Semler
ACTORMARTYR – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Diamond Monique Washington
ACTORTHE BREAK IN – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Carole A. Parker
ACTORSHADOWS AND DEMONS – THRILLER BEST SCENE Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Dominique Mayfair
ACTORSWIPE – TV 1st Scene Screenplay
December 2017 Reading
by Jeff D. Opdyke
ACTORMINNIE NOIR TV PILOT
December 2017 Reading
by Katie Grotzinger
ACTORAN UNCOMMON FAMILY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Christa Polkinhorn
ACTOREANIE MEANIE MINIE NO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Sandra S. Kerns
ACTORJUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Chynna Laird
ACTORTHE SAFE WORD Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Karen Long
ACTORGHOST IN THE PORCELAIN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORJUST ANOTHER DESERT SUNSET Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Nikki Broadwell
ACTORSKYMERGE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Deepak Menon
ACTORTHE VIRTUOSO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Virginia Bures