After a series of related symptoms, 24-year-old Eve begins to think she’s pregnant, only for a doctor to reveal that she is experiencing early menopause. Despite initial reluctance to address her feelings, the news forces Eve to seek support from those around her and to explore what it truly means to be a woman.
'Paused' is a passion project for both director Erin and producer Emma. The pair are exceedingly motivated to depict female-led narratives that cover and address various under-represented topics on screen. Their previous work together has been nominated for the Royal Television Society 48hr film award. Having co-written the short together, Emma and Erin were inspired not only by themes of vulnerability and purpose but the concept of procreation and so-called 'feminity'.
The pair have also gained support and guidance from Claire Russell, an industry-leading script editor and producer with over 20 years of experience in television and film.
We hope this film will initiate more conversations about menopause, with the intent to understand what it means to be a woman and explore the relationships everyone has with their own bodies.
Emma Bolton is a Writer-Producer from North Wales, living and working in London. Emma has experience producing for both drama and live television broadcasts. Outside of this, she is also a freelance Production Assistant, with experience working in TV and film. Some of her credits include ‘Killing Eve S4’, ‘Billion’ (UK Unit), and Tom Stern's 2022 feature film ‘The Almond and The Seahorse'.
Erin Bannister is a Writer-Director from the West Midlands, currently based in South East London. Outside of Directing, Erin has experience working in the fast-paced world of commercial production, for brands such as Adidas, which has enabled her to observe industry-leading directors, implementing some of their conventions and techniques in her own work.
Our Crew is full of up-and-coming talented young people, majority female, with experience across a multitude of productions for TV, Film, Commercials, Live Events, Television Broadcasts, and Music Videos.
We have been inspired by the creative vision of many other great directors such as Sofia Coppola, Andrea Arnold and Céline Sciamma.
We are committed to producing our film to the highest possible standard and it is crucial that our funds go to the right places.
Your contribution will help towards:
- Production (Set Design, Props, Transport, Catering, Etc.)
- Cast (We aim to pay our cast industry rates)
- Additional Kit Hire
Any contribution, big or small, will push us one step closer to making our film and opening more conversations about menopause, a subject often overlooked and in need of greater representation on screen.
Thank you in advance!