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

Short Film: I SEEK ASYLUM, 10min., UK, Crime/Drama

 

Based on actual asylum interviews, ‘I Seek Asylum’ depicts the reality of what faces survivors of trafficking and torture when they come to the UK in search of safety.

Project Links

Actors:
Emma Thompson – Activist
Doon Mackichan – Interviewer
Aaron Pierre – Man
Joni Kamen – Teenager

Anna Southgate – Writer / Director

Upbeat Productions:
Zara Ballantyne-Grove – Producer
Iain Ovenden – Director of Photography
Luke Everson – 2nd Camera Operator
Kieran Lefort – Sound Recordist & Mixer / Editor
Tom Webb – Digital Colourist
Jason Peters – Runner
Madeleine Chalk – Runner
Sophie Aroesty – Runner

With special thanks to:
Adam Stevens, Libby Chalmers, Alexei Emam, Zack Davies,
Keith Lawrence, Sophie Lawton, Charlie Allen

Keith Greenhalgh – Executive Producer
Peter Robertson – Executive Producer

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7 XAVC-1 4K
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Audience FEEDBACK Video: WE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal

WE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal
Directed by Jesse May Fisher

We Were Swimming explores intimacies and tensions between two teenage girls. As the protagonist’s dreams and memories interweave with one another certain intricacies of girlhood and female friendship come to light.

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Get to know the short film: DOMESTICITY, 4min, UK, Thriller/Drama

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

A bruised young woman takes her revenge.

  • Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
    Director
  • Chisa Hutchinson
    Writer
  • Staging Film Institute
    Producer
  • Jocelyn Kuritsky
    Key Cast
  • Jonathan Rapoport
    Director of Photography
    • Film Type:
      Short
    • Genres:
      Drama, Thriller, short
    • Runtime:
      4 minutes 39 seconds
    • Completion Date:
      December 12, 2016
    • Production Budget:
      500 USD
    • Country of Origin:
      United Kingdom
    • Country of Filming:
      United States
    • Film Language:
      English
    • Shooting Format:
      Digital
    • Film Color:
      Color

Get to know the short film: WE WERE SWIMMING, 3min, UK, Art/Surreal

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Screen shot 2016 05 19 at 09.31.07We Were Swimming explores intimacies and tensions between two teenage girls. As the protagonist’s dreams and memories interweave with one another certain intricacies of girlhood and female friendship come to light.

Directed by Jesse May Fisher

News & Reviews
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Art, Surreal
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,200 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes

Get to know the short film: LE BELLE FOLIE, 14min, UK, Comedy

Playing at the Thursday April 20, 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

LE BELLE FOLIE, 14min, UK, Comedy
Directed by Ruth Pickett

A comedy about a desperate actress who attempts to make a black-and-white french language film, in order to convince her agent that she’s good enough at french to put her up for an audition. She ropes in her dad, her best friend, and her dad’s friend Mr Harris. It doesn’t go well.

Director Statement

I am passionate about creating visually compelling comedies, and with ‘La Belle Folie’ I wanted to create something which was visually bold and imaginative, as well as being hilarious.

The notion of having the protagonist’s brother as the cameraman allowed us to experiment with a playful style in which the camera has its own personality – part mockumentary, part pseudo-french cinema. It is beautifully shot but is simultaneously a little shaky and quirky, with a rough-around-the-edges charm.

I was keen to inject a similar sense of personality to other aspects of the film – such as the costumes and props, which are gloriously imperfect, but also impressively detailed – hinting both at the protagonist’s desperation for everything to be perfect, and her decided lack of self-awareness.

Underlying the story is the protagonist’s dysfunctional relationship with everyone around her – including herself – which is served by some wonderfully funny performances from the actors. I’m very excited to share this film at festivals and hope audiences enjoy its playful sense of humour.

Film Type:Short

Runtime:14 minutes 32 seconds

Completion Date:September 5, 2016

Production Budget:1,000 GBP

Country of Origin:United Kingdom

Country of Filming:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:RED

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Black & White and Color

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