THE FOOL'S MATE
“A couple’s relationship is at a cross roads - as Fred attempts to break up with Holly, she thinks he’s about to propose.
But will an impromptu chess game finally force the truth to come out?”
Written & Directed by Cian Llewellyn.
Produced by Jack Pollington.
Starring: Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Nell Barlow and Syrus Lowe.
Once, Neil Marlow's life was a spontaneous festival of frivolity, friends and funk music. Now, it's one of OAPs, weekly bingo and ready-meals. Neil Marlow (aka The Rev) has chosen a life of the cloth above a life of liberalism. Like so many before him, he is convinced that his sexuality and extroverted personality are incompatible with his religious beliefs. This is the story of that struggle. The struggle of repression and rejection, of the vain attempt to leave a part of himself behind in the belief that he will somehow be happier if he inhibits his true self.
Starring Jack Holden
Written & Directed by Fabia Martin
NAILS AND BEAUTY
A diffident teen blossoms after her transformative day with a beautiful bearded builder.
With Libby Mai, Jodie Mitchell, Lucy Garner, Kemah Bob and Jacqui Bardelang.
Written and directed by Rhona Foster
Produced by Tuli Litvak
Supported by Film Hub South East as part of BFI NETWORK.
A BFI Network developed short film, written and directed by Pip Swallow.
After being passed over for a big promotion at work, Miranda discovers that she can control the world via her model railway set. A bittersweet comedy about a derailed woman, trying to mould herself to the institution but ultimately finding the power within to create her own.
HE READ: ON THE BLACK HILL
Season 1 - Episode 2
A series of four creative performance readings of iconic British novels. Each episode is directed by emerging talent from the New Creatives scheme
Starring: Callum Scott Howells
Sky Arts - Unlocked
Birds takes place in the aftermath of Kediye's unexpected arrest, told from the perspective of his partner Sophia who is suddenly alone with limited contact. An intimate and honest exploration of the impact of prison of both inmates and their loved ones: this is a story of love, resilience and hope. The series ‘Unlocked’ – saw a wide range of local artists bringing their observations on the world around us to TV for the first time. The artists were selected from an open-call and applicants were invited to submit their ideas for short films responding to the question ‘what does it mean to be free?’. The concept of ‘freedom’ being one of the Coventry City of Culture’s main themes. Rural Media mentored and produced the film with Susie Sillet
How does it feel to be free? Best friends Kay and Jenna are reuniting after being separated by prison. But reigniting what they had before isn't straightforward.
Written & Directed by Nia Child
Produced by Jessi Gutch
Two 15 year old homeless girls share a tent on the bank of the River Thames. A tent so small they sleep in shifts, scraping the living they do by mudlarking on the river and selling their finds. They live in the protective utopia of each other until one of them fails to return home one night. Skylar, a selective mute, is left with a decision: leave the tent- their entire world- or stay and hope Ansel returns. She takes the decision to go and look for Ansel, with dire consequences- both girls falling prey to child trafficking.
Nominated for Best editing - British Shot Film Festival 2021
Naima, a lacklustre bookies assistant's life is a jenga set of problems waiting to fail but what will tip her over the edge?
Cast & Crew
Director - Abdou Cisse
Writer - Nikki Fagbemi
DBK Studios & Sky Studios
IMPERIAL BLUE (Feature Film)
Now available on AMAZON and ITUNES
WORLD PREMIERE RAINDANCE 2019
Hugo Winter a roguish American drug smuggler, travels to Uganda in an attempt to export a large amount of Bulu, a sacred herb that grants the user visions of their future. Upon arriving in Kampala, he soon discovers that his only means of achieving this is through two sisters with competing agendas, born-again Kisakye and rebellious Angela, who come from the remote village of Makaana where the Bulu is grown. As they lead Hugo deeper into the jungle and further into their web of deceit, it is unclear if his drug-addled prophecies are helping his quest or clouding his future.
STOP AND SEARCH
If you're black in the UK, the police are 10 times more likely to stop and search you. How would they feel if it was the other way around?
Selom Awadzi (Attack the Block)
Alessandro Babalola (Macbeth, Flesh and Bone)
Phil Barantini (Band of Brothers, Ned Kelly, Chernobyl)
Dean Kilbey (All the Money in the World, Love Possibly)
I DREAM OF ZOMBIES
This short film stars Game of Thrones Actor Joseph Altin and was funded by Screen South Ignition Network for Channel 4's Random Acts platform. It premiered on Thursday 10th of November as part of the second series of Random Acts TV Programme, hosted by Jordan Stephens. It was subsequently featured in comedy reaction show Gogglebox. The short has been released online by Channel 4 through the Random Acts site.
The short also had a successful festival run featuring in Encounters, London Comedy Festival, Austin Comedy Festival, Bonebat Comedy Horror Festival and Indie Flicks. The short was the subsequently theatrically screened at Electric Cinemas before the film Free Fire in April of 2017.
Annie and Daniel are a miserable middle-aged professional couple who want what they can't have - but that doesn't stop them pursuing their goals via any selfish, unsavoury means possible.
Annie - Lesley Harcourt
Daniel - Gerard Gilroy
Ruth - Corinna Marlowe
Melissa - Sofia Barclay
Set in a topsy-turvy world where football is only for girls and ballet is the manliest pursuit there is, Ballerino follows one working class boy as he defies society and his father’s wishes for him to be a ballerina in favour of his repressed fascination with his sister's sport; football.
The short had its premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival in March 2019. It has since been screened at Dorking Film Festival, Oxford International Film Festival, Lanzarote Film Festival and was awarded a ‘Best Local Short’ award at the Newbury Film Festival. Ballerino was also awarded a ‘Short of the Year' prize by Promofest.
Ballerino Premiered online in August of 2019 via the Youtube channel ‘Omeleto’. You can watch the film below.
Screen South, Arts Council England and Genera Films Funded
BELLE AND BAMBER
Belle and Bamber was made with the support of Creative England and the BFI.NETWORK through the iShorts scheme. The film stars up and coming young actress Amelia Crouch as Belle and Emily Joyce as her strict but caring Mother. The cast also includes Alex Babic as the voice of the vindictive and manipulative Bamber.
Belle and Bamber had it's UK festival premiere and it's first public screening in January of 2017 as part of the London Short Film Festival. It had a USA festival premiere in 2017 as part of the Atlanta Film Festival. It has been subsequently screened at Encounters in Bristol, Aesthetica in York, Dragon Con, Crystal Palace Film Festival, Birmingham Film Festival, Beeston Film Festival and Norwich Film Festival.
A Comedy about the struggles of a modern relationship.
Season 21 Episodes 36 and 37
BBC broadcast 2019
Episode 36 (57min)
Lenny's position as kingpin in Shieldinch is under threat. Maggie thinks her dating days are over, while Bob gets closer to Nicole at all costs.
First shown10pm 2 Dec 2019
Episode 37 (58min)
A shock discovery forces Angus to face his feelings. Meanwhile, a shaken-up Scarlett organises a self-defence class, and Maggie worries that Alex is on a path of self-destruction.
First shown10pm 9 Dec 2019
A troubled young man stumbles upon a creative community group and becomes acquainted with the leader.
Cast & Crew
Hanson - Ola Orebiyi
Sam - Michael Akinsulire
Director - Michael Mante
Jennie Scott - producer
Jamie Gamache - producer
Connor O'Hara - executive producer
Thomas Wightman - executive producer
A young woman struggling to acknowledge the first anniversary of her sister's death is lost in her grief. Will close friend and past lover be able to guide her into acceptance?
Directed by Juliana Kasumu
Starring: Michelle Tiwo & Shanay Neusum-James
HOME BY 8:30
A teenager tries his best to hide his involvement in a violent encounter, attempting to sneak back home after an evening out. However, his family is waiting for his arrival so that they can all eat together. While the night plays out, we follow the conflicted son of a family who is challenged by both the trauma of a recent altercation and his intentions to conceal it by any means from those who would care most, but also expect better.
Cast & Crew
Director - Perry White
Producer - Dominic Bolton
Connor O'Hara - executive producer
Thomas Wightman - executive producer
LISTEN TO ME SING
A miserable hotel performer learns to express herself when she falls in love with a walrus. She struggles to use her voice until one day, she finds the curious animal sitting in her bathtub. And who knows, this encounter might just be the making of her. Listen to Me Sing is a stop-motion animated short film, with sets clad in fabric with a monochrome colour palette.
Director - Isabel Garrett
Producer - Emily Everdee
Writer - Rosamund Attwood
SUNDAY DINNER WITH THE MORGANS
Meet the Morgans: A snapshot of the perfect family. Ian, An authoritative patriarch, His doting wife, Cassandra the quintessential housewife. Their children, Jenna, musically gifted and well mannered and Timmy, Smarter than the average 10 year old, often seen but never heard. You are invited to Sunday Dinner with the Morgans, Join us in delicious food and delectable depravity. It is going to be one hell of a meal.
Completed in 2014 the short played at over 20 festivals in 6 countries winning various awards including a Southern Royal Television Society 2015 award and a Best Undergrad award at the Learning on Screen 2015.
THE ORANGE ANARKALI
A kitchen-sink drama that focuses on the dynamics of a Pakistani family as a father is forced to deal with the dilemma of his daughter’s Western attitudes.
Written & Directed - Myriam Raja
Cinematography - Alana Mejia Gonzalez