Set on Christmas Eve in Liverpool, 1985. Rosie, a nurse working the night shift at a hospital, befriends Steven, an AIDS patient. As they build a connection and mutual understanding, Rosie is forced to confront her own prejudices and the prejudice of those around her. A short film, written and directed by Ellie Hodgetts (Fairview Park, Home Safe), produced by Laura Torenbeek (Deer Woman Child, The
The film follows Aya, a young British-Japanese woman, learning to navigate her life and relationships as an adult. When Will, her first serious boyfriend suddenly tells her he loves her, she does not know how to respond. This awkward moment leads Aya to reflect on her life as a child having moved to the UK and assimilating to a new country with her Japanese mother.
One Game is a 30-minute short film exploring the power of healing childhood trauma through the eyes of a man seeking love and connection with his newborn son. With sci-fi elements reminiscent of the hit TV show Black Mirror, the film centres around the Emotions Training Program, a virtual therapy designed as a game where he has to pass all emotional confrontation levels to return to the real world
After explores the journey of a woman coming to terms with life after a career-ending injury destroys her hopes of competing at the Olympics. Battling complicated grief, loss and complete isolation from the world she knew, she fights to get back into training hoping to achieve her gymnastics dream. But what is life like, after?
‘Overdosin’ is an R&B music video that follows a band of friends embarking on a euphoric night. We close the story at a carousel of a party where two lovers embrace their reminiscent feelings for one another. The song highlights the theme of love and addiction with catchy hook similar to that of Chris Brown.
We've written a musical about the extraordinary struggle of a humble clockmaker against the establishment. A national hero, although at the time of his death, a broken man. Musicals are notoriously expensive. This one tells an epic story and needs a large cast and orchestra. We've got it this far, but need the last tranche of money to get it onto stage. Thank you so much!
A BFI Network funded dark dramedy short film, written and directed by Corinne Walker, produced by Sophie Freeman and Exec Produced by Calling the Shots.
On the hottest day of the year, Barbadian fruit pickers Nicole and Vincent endure exploitative conditions on a UK fruit farm. When the farm’s owner arrives, tensions reach boiling point.
Chosen is a pop-rock comedy musical about a woman pretending to be the messiah during a zombie apocalypse. The show explores what it means to be ‘enough’ and understanding that we are the things we do. We are presenting a rehearsed reading of the first 45 minutes of "Chosen" at The Other Palace theatre in London Victoria as part of their "Musical Bites" programme.
Iris has been ignoring the death of her mother for too long. She hasn’t collected her ashes and the crematorium keeps leaving her pass-agg voicemails. Embarking on the journey from London to Bradford she has no idea that crossing the threshold of the M1 will take her on the ride of her life.
When a grieving widower brings a box of his wife’s clothing to the local charity shop, he unwittingly leaves the lonely shopkeeper with a possession that inexplicably opens a door for both of them to find connection, happiness and the hope to love again. Is it just happenstance or is someone orchestrating angelic matchmaking from the other side?
‘Infection’ is a high-concept music video being produced for the emerging thrash-metal band Detoxen. It'll be filmed as a riveting story that follows the band fleeing a horde of zombies within claustrophobic warehouse. Their futile attempts to fight back eventually encircle them leading to a final stand. Unknown to the rest is that one of them is infected. Their death is ultimately inevitable.
Inspired by the creator's real experiences of being a woman working in film, BEHIND THE SCREAMS takes place on the set of a horror movie.
While filming in a supposedly haunted London pub, a film crew is tormented by more than spirits as they fight their way to the end of what has been a chaotic shoot.
Ukulele Days is a feel-good new musical for actor-musicians and the world’s cheeriest instrument. At the Seaside Ukulele Festival, music brings a community together – but first, there are bitter rivalries, family dynamics, and exploding egos to sort out. Think Pitch Perfect meets Much Ado About Nothing, set at a ukulele festival.
The Score is a short film where the characters realise they can all hear the film’s musical score...and it's trying to trick them into killing each other. The Score challenges the cliches of cinema by subverting the prejudicial stereotypes of the thriller genre, and by making the audience complicit through its use of musical scores.
Following on from the award-winning short, French Toast. Jada, Tai and Sheridan survive London's COVID-19 2020 lockdown through daily Zoom lunches while WFH. After Tai's devastating secret tears the group apart, Jada must come to terms with her 'picture-perfect' life and her fiancé Simeon has a lot to answer for. It also explores the nuances of institutional racism.
A petty crook can't believe his eyes when he recognises a face from the past. Has he just seen a ghost or is this the legendary 7th man who stole part of the gold bullion in a heist some 40 years earlier.
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Beauty Sleep is a satirical short film about the dangers of chasing perfection. Set in a retro futuristic world, our protagonist, Sandy, is a mortician who gives makeovers to teens for their 16th birthdays. Written & Directed by Jasmine De Silva, and Produced by Tuli Litvak. www.jasminedesilva.com
'Pieces Of Us' is a darkly humorous, meta-modern, verbatim-style, socio-political exploration of grief in the 21st century written & performed by Jessica Munna, directed by Amy Garner Buchanan, presented in collaboration with Oxia Theatre. We are raising funds to take our show to the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival!
American Dreamers is a modern coming-of-age story whose characters are searching for guidance and mentorship, the contemporary meaning of manhood, and the significance of personal background and national identity. It is a micro-budget feature film that offers a fresh take on the classic American indie comedies of the 90s and 2000s, a kind-of Sideways for Generation Z. It’s a bold mix-up of genres
An ex-footballer is awaiting an important phone call when his estranged father resurfaces seeking a reconciliation. 'Jumpers for Goalposts' is a story of hope, fear and responsibility of fatherhood within working class Britain. It studies the bond between father and son, but also how difficult it is for people to move onto the next stage of their lives and the anxiety that brings with it.
A "talking heads" style live theatre show, capturing seven different stories during Lockdown. Written by Saskia Wesnigk-Wood these pieces are warm, surreal, funny and heart wrenching; a remarkable snapshot behind closed doors, highlighting how different the lockdown experience was for everyone.
FELLOW CREATURES is a short dark comedy with an absurdist twist that seeks to explore the value of life, predetermination, and authorship of fate. It is a morality tale that illustrates our complicity in the suffering of others if we are given enough temptation for personal gain.
Determined to escape an arranged marriage Rhiannon, a Celtic Horse Goddess, rides forth in search of her ideal husband, Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed. Based upon the Mabinogion story, this short medieval fantasy drama film follows Rhiannon on her quest for true love, inevitably to endure heartbreaking consequences. An English/Welsh language film starring Bethan Rose Young and Rhys Downing.
'You’re Not Dying' reveals the interplay between autonomy and vulnerability in toxic relationships. When Ingrid finds out that she is pregnant from her older lover Seth, she faces contradictory drives: the need for warmth and support, and the sense that she is undeserving of it. This tension forces Ingrid to recognise a dynamic she was wilfully blind to, and challenge it.
Birmingham. 0121. The grotty Powerleague pitches. The era of the Topman Rihanna T’shirt, The Streets and Dizzee Rascal Sunnies. Kieron has just been kicked out of his beloved 5 aside football team for missing the division 5 deciding goal. He now has to make the decision - give up on his dreams of being scouted, or form a new team from the drug dealers at the Hardwick Arms?
A magical-realist short film about a young mother in Morocco who, facing the harsh reality of her life, must make an impossible choice about her future. WEDAD is the directorial debut of British-Moroccan writer, Elias Suhail. It is being produced by British-Iraqi producer, Arij Al-Soltan in collaboration with Barney Production.
SILVERBACK is a Black-led sci-fi thriller web series. Taking inspiration from comic books and the superhero genre, the series follows Dee, an ex-offender, as she investigates the mysterious death of her younger brother: a tech prodigy-turned-masked vigilante. With its London setting and Black creative team, the series presents a grounded and uniquely Black British look at the superhero genre.
CAB RIDE is a fly-on-the-wall short film/pilot about the queer dating scene. The film is an honest insight into the different dynamics that exist within an interlinked community in the small city of London. Can these two individuals break from old habits to find love and a genuine connection?
Pocket Sun is a synth-loving, alt-pop music project based in Bristol, UK, formed in early 2018 by songwriter and visual artist Gina Marie Tratt. We're raising money for a music video for the upcoming single 'Wake Up'. To make this video we’ve teamed up with director Jamie Luke Milligan and his amazingly creative team to turn dreams into reality.
"The Regular" is an exploration of idle thoughts and dark recesses of the mind. The short examines the conflicting interaction between infatuation, sexual desire and religious devotion.
The titular Regular is an unassuming, ordinary individual who is consumed by a multitude of weighty thoughts surrounding her sexuality. She is struggling to accept her attraction to the Waitress, and goes to
Truly, Madly, Baldy is a comedic two-hander that focuses on two individuals who suffer from the hair loss condition Alopecia. It is based upon real life experiences put together by the writer and performer Sam Macgregor who sadly lost his hair in late 2019 when he developed Alopecia. As well as this mother having the same condition, Sam reached out to various other people who suffer from Alopecia
Max Chase is an arrogant actor who believes he should be the next James Bond. He has been invited to a lavish house party and is a potential earner of 500.000 pounds that he wants to use to distribute his own film. But when he arrives, there are three more earners. And the host is dead.
Suspicion is a mix of horror and comedy, as the audience figures out whodunnit.
3 Birds is a dark musical comedy about a man in search of his voice and identity. The story follows an injured John, who staggers into a distorted cockney pub - with a difference.
For John, this pub is purgatory - where everyone inside is in their version of a musical.
He just needs an ambulance.
The urgent story of Elephant & Castle’s changing social landscape through the voices of Latin American immigrant families. We unearth shopkeepers’ forgotten memories from a community being pushed aside by high-rises.
"Elephant Families" cuenta la relevante historia del cambio demográfico de Elephant & Castle a través de las voces de familias inmigrantes latinoamericanas.
This R&D project originated directly as a response to the covid pandemic of 2020. The project pairs high calibre, diverse dance artists with diverse communities to create a unique collection of online solo dance films representing the communities involved
Produced by Academy award-winning Slick Films and WILD Studio, Edge of Existence is a short documentary about the most remote island in the UK, Rockall, and the tiny selection of people who’ve attempted to survive there. We follow an ex-Navy adventurer as he makes the 16-hour boat expedition to the rock, to question why we risk our lives for arbitrary accolades and adventure?
Award-winning company Caged Bird present a film about depression, living in a small town, and... cars? This love letter to the North of England sees a young man pushed to make the unsafe choice for the first time in his life - by joining a high-octane race on the country roads. This is a story about growing through mental illness, getting back in the driver's seat, and carrying on.
The Good People is a short coming-of-age film, about Jackson Jones, an aspiring young American writer, who is spending the summer in a coastal village in the south of France on a quest to find inspiration for his writing. His stay takes an unanticipated turn towards the idyllic when he meets a French girl in a café, Jeanne Stajman. The girl leads Jackson back to her house and introduces him to her
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if there were a miniature community of workers living inside your phone? Low Power Mode is a romantic comedy short film that explores their lives. We follow Henry a cameraman with an unattainable crush on Glimmer, the sparkly new musician. As the phone battery powers down and chaos unfolds, Henry decides to tell Glimmer how he really feels.
Connor, an aspiring footballer, is determined to reach the pinnacle of the beautiful game. But do his dreams compromise his mental and physical well-being? Will a chance encounter with Maya alter his mindset and make him question all his previous efforts.
When Tim becomes a courier for the app Wallaby, he reckons he can turn his life around: get fit, earn some money, and even get laid. He’s not accounted for his own haplessness, an antique teapot collection, and a sinister conspiracy. A modern-day queer sex comedy, featuring COLIN BAKER (Doctor Who), MARK BENTON (Anna and the Apocalypse) and LAURENCE R. HARVEY (The Human Centipede 2 & 3).
Em and Ly, two friends living in a near future, meet in a home which is not their own, trying to escape their reality. When they get trapped, their identities, their choices and the environment they live in, are called into question.
OWN HOME? is a short piece of neorealism with a dystopian, sci-fi, thriller twist and a touch of dark comedy.
A documentary play about the Grenfell Tower fire which reconstructs the residents' fight to stop the inevitable using only council meeting minutes, letters, blogs and inquiry information.
Written by Kensington writer and activist Nathaniel McBride, the play will debut at Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington on Tuesday 31st May to Sunday 12th June 2022.
"Jenny, and" is a film that bravely explores a complex journey of acceptance, identity and trauma. Jenny's world is turned on its head when she learns she's living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder). We follow her quest of self discovery as inner worlds are navigated, Alters negotiated with and amnesia barriers released.
Ryan Howe is a successful stand-up comedian who has built his career on making fun of the characters from his home village. When he agrees to come home by his old friend to do a show for "old time's sake", he thinks "what could go wrong?" But will the villagers he has built his career on ridiculing accept his return with open arms, or will this be the roughest gig of his career?
A hundred years from now, an enigmatic establishment offers a remarkable prospect: a personalised video message from the God of your choice.
Yet who exactly appears on the screen? Who are the Gods in this world? And what sacrifices must you make to be a part of it all?
CALL IT A DAY, a witty comedy-drama webseries, was created as we wanted to explore various topics around today’s women by following two very different ladies, going through different struggles, and supporting each other.
We hope to make a lot of yous out there relate, laugh and feel seen through this series. Or just feel like you’re not as batshit crazy as you thought you were, but merely a 2019
Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. So, these left-wing, well-educated people have invited over their new neighbours, As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for an evening which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic, leading to ongoing discoveries of personal trauma.
'#MenToo' is a nonprofit musical comedy which follows the journey of four Meninists- a van man, an academic, a Broga instructor and a start-up entrepreneur- attempting to save their community space from becoming the first Women’s Health centre in the UK. Set to all-original songs such as 'The Brotest' and 'A Catcall for Help', Brian, Dave, Casey and Quest brave the obstacles of a post-#MeToo world
“We’re going to find her, aren’t we?”
Within the chilling underworld of sex-trafficking, the heart-wrenching bond between two sisters unfolds. One sister, ensnared in the shadows of exploitation, fights for her very survival, while the other, a determined working-class mother, wages a relentless battle against insurmountable odds to bring her sister home
Inspired by the life of the 27 club members but also every troubled artist in the history of music, Forever 27 is a psychological feature music film which explores the influence of media, fame and the music business on the tragic end of these famous young artists. A self-destructive British popstar on the verge of joining the 27 club is trying to reconnect with music while battling her addictions.
"Remember?" - a short film about forgetting. A light-hearted dramedy about love in the hands of fate set in present day London. Divorced couple Raymond and Joan haven't managed to keep in contact ever since Joan's forced relocation back to the UK. After a miscommunication, they end up in the same day care center that just opened in town, much to their children's chagrin.
The relationship of two sisters, Rose and Elsa, is strained even more after Rose is found guilty of murdering their parents, even if she has no recollection of doing so. Before Rose’s execution, a troubled Elsa pays her a visit in the prison only to find herself and meet the consequences of hers actions. As things are not what they seem to be, will Elsa find absolution?
BAFTA called the Sherbet script "a scenic, tense and emotive drama with a ‘seize the day’ theme, relatable characters and thought-provoking dialogue. A story of two characters forced to open up and challenge each other to overcome their fears and be authentic over the course of the cab journey."
Warm Egg is a queer, surreal, melodrama about Eva, a woman exploring her sexuality and polyamory in a hallucinogenic theatre space. Where can she find guidance if her romantic existence is a taboo?
We are an all-female and non-binary production team of artists and filmmakers, looking to shine a light on modern love.
Mood video by the amazing Helen Jayne Dyke @ludo.figs!
Turn Around is an independent, cinematic true crime documentary telling a gangster story you’ve never heard. Featuring Black Panthers, wrongful conviction, love children and some of America’s most dangerous criminals, this untold story of a life eventfully lived really does have everything.
"How to Cope with Oliver Pope" is the – not entirely untrue but for legal reasons definitely not based on anyone in particular – story of spouses Hannah and Jessica who kidnap and torture their local MP in the hope of changing his ways after he opposed an up-skirting bill and many other progressive bills in parliament.
Award-winning show from Hooky Productions. This crowdfunding campaign will support sisters Rosa and Maya to take the show forward into 2023!
Monkion has spent too long in the attic, obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch, never talking to any other human - until now…
"bold, unique, surreal" **** Everything Theatre
The Nike Air Jordan was not just a sneaker – it was one of the cultural phenomena of the 80s and 90s. We – Yemi, Michael, and Will – are now experienced filmmakers but, as kids in that era, there was nothing else we wanted more on our feet. The style, the colours, the painfully cool Spike Lee joints for adverts made the Jordan an instant, desirable, transcendent classic that has endured over 30
Based on real events, Monochromatic is a short film that explores alternative mental health therapies, through the story of one young woman’s experience of psychosis. The film follows her journey as she focuses her mind and tells her story through the creation of a monochromatic self-portrait.
The story follows the relationship between a mother and daughter forced to flee an abusive home and go on the run as they assess their options. A taut drama that goes into the impact of the trauma as each try to find their footing and explore the aftermath.
We have partnered with the charity organisation, Survivor Family Network, and 20% of our fundraising will be donated to them.
Local Hero is a heart-warming snapshot into the life of an elderly man. Left alone after his wife Rose dies, Charlie Maguire tries to carry on as normal. He just wants to be left alone with his cat, Dagger. But between his interfering neighbours, the lads in the street and nosy Father Diamond, the Parish priest, he can't get a moment's peace. Maybe they're right. Maybe he can't look after himself
"This is a story for anyone who has ever felt they were or are different from majority" LondonTheatre1
This is a love letter to mums, mothers, doctors and donors. It tells the story of Alice as she comes of age whilst coming to terms with being a Donor Conceived Person. Alice takes you with her as she muses nature, nurture and everything in between. "Authentic, funny and very moving" Jessica
Together, this creative team aims to craft a visually stunning and emotionally captivating psychological drama (short film) that will resonate with audiences and spark meaningful conversations about the pursuit of happiness and the boundaries between reality and fantasy.
Volpe Theatre is a female-led, international physical theatre company, based in the UK and we would like to invite you to contribute to the creation and staging of our new piece 'Hyena' and the community project that runs alongside it.
We came together during the pandemic to create theatre that would transcend the limitations of language and create an international community. We wanted to
Owen and Sarah haven’t seen each other in two years. She needed to think, to decide – things have been hell for her since Owen’s highly publicised crime and subsequent arrest, and simply being married to him has put a target on Sarah’s back. But after loving him for over fifteen years, how can she let go? And how can she reconcile the heinous act he committed with the person he used to be?
Monico Perseus is a short film about the bond between two brothers. When Ash escapes from a juvenile detention centre, he clambers through the marshes in an attempt to rescue his disabled older brother from their abusive alcoholic father. Grey, gloomy and gritty, in the same vein as the work of Shane Meadows (Dead Mans Shoes) this short piece will be a powerful punch full of character, heart and
'Teddy Picker' is a stylish neon drenched Short film that tells the story of a father who's hard up on his luck trying to win a Teddy for his daughter at a Teddy Picker machine, whilst some drama in his life unfolds via a series of intense phone-calls, sending him into a panic amongst the twinkly chaos of the frantic seafront illuminations of Southend-On-Sea.
'Out of Our Hands' is an anthology series of three short films - 'The Bird', 'The Rat' and 'The Whip' - which emerge as a unified response to questions surrounding guilt, truth, and free will. In all three, mundane situations give way to the surreal and the absurd, throwing man’s perennial and profitless pursuit of happiness into sharp relief.
I have always been fascinated by the legends and heroes that shape our past; ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things. Boudica is one such hero. Mother, leader, warrior, we all know how her story ends, but what we don't know, is how it began. This is a story I want to tell.
Sacrifice is a short thriller drama that examines how far people will go for self-preservation, when pushed to breaking point.
In the wake of the pandemic and multiple national lockdowns, Charlotte's life is falling apart. An encounter with an old friend and colleague will test how far she will go to prevent from losing everything.
A young man is forced to confront feelings of self-rejection and isolation as he struggles to express his love for his best friend. Ubiquitous is a short film that blends music, visual poetry and an emotionally grounded performance to tell the story of a young man battling with internalised homophobia and unrequited love.
Three of Swords follows 21-year-old Marie through a seemingly ordinary day in Paris, where she leads an attractive yet solitary life. When she decides to confront her fate with a deck of tarot cards, she repeatedly draws the same hand, and as her reality grows increasingly unsettling, Marie realises she may not be as alone in her apartment as previously thought.
‘Mario: A Super Musical!’ is a new British musical that celebrates the wonderful world of Super Mario. We join a host of Mario’s sidekicks when the red-suited mustachioed plumber goes missing. How will this discombobulated group step out from the ‘Player 2’ shadows to rescue their rescuer? Will it be mission complete or game over?
Richard Gregson worked for many years as Staff Producer for the Royal Opera House, reviving operas such as La Bohème, Otello and La Traviata. He was also one of the founders of "Floral Opera", a performance program for opera enthusiasts founded in the early 1990's. After his recent passing, we would like to purchase a name plaque to go on a seat in the Royal Opera House in his memory.
“Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure;
Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure.”
One of Shakespeare’s genre-breaking problem plays, Measure for Measure follows a city in turmoil - Vienna is chock full of fornicators, drunkards, and a bumbling government overseeing it all.
Fatima’s not pleased to see Paige. Pauline’s not impressed with Rachel’s dildo collection. Sienna is already drunk, whilst Cecily just wants to have a fun with her best friends. Oh, and there’s a killer on the loose. HEN PARTY MASSACRE is a comedy-horror film following 6 women who are about to have a celebration to remember…
RIGHT OF WAY is a new play by artist Beth Bowden - an embodied reflection on the Southwest Coast Path, chronic illness, accessibility, Young Carers, and radical joy. The piece is semi-autobiographical and explores the intimate connection we have with powerful bodies of water, our heritage, and with the women in our lives. Taking place at VAULT Festival, 21-26 February 2023
'Far Out' is a comedy sci-fi play, produced by L Squared Theatre.
The year is 2150, and the Earth is nearly burnt out. Three space adventurers, Alma, Jed and Ellis, blast into space in search for a new habitable planet, but what do they do if they actually FIND a planet? And is the human race worth saving at all?
Robbie is in recovery from a debilitating illness and cannot trust his body to respond to him. But rebuilding a body isn’t just about rebuilding muscles: Robbie must learn to let himself fall, and fail, and face up to his weaknesses, in order to grow strong again.
Fall Better is a deeply personal short film based on writer-director George Magner’s recovery from a life-changing illness.
KILL YOUR LOVER is a horror feature film, where 'Blue Valentine' meets the 'The Fly'. A psychological drama with a punk edge and skin-crawling body horror! When Dakota tries to break off her toxic relationship with Axel, it starts transforming him into a monstrous creature with increased aggression, a touch that melts skin and worst of all, he’s contagious...
SIDNEY is a tragicomic short film about finding the freedom and bravery to be yourself. Fresh out of clown school, Sidney has high aspirations for his first children’s birthday party booking. But things take a turn when he is dragged into a power struggle with the birthday boy’s dad. With his career at risk, can Sidney find a way to reconnect with himself and his audience?
The Boy In The Shed is a thought provoking featurette, that centres around children’s mental health and bereavement. Eddie, a young boy grappling with mental health, struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of his father. He meets Summer, the new girl, who teaches him to talk about his feelings, allowing him to deal with loss, bullying and loneliness in a world he feels no longer his own.
A Click Away is a feel-good film about an unexpected rendezvous between loneliness and sunshine. The film explores the essence of relationships which provide serenity and calmness, expressing human intimacy through the lenses of a photographer and a singer on their ride of low notes to high notes to their serendipity.
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.
Silhouette Man is a short Horror film about a man who awakes tied to a chair in a strange abandoned room. Can he escape and why is he here?
Silhouette Man will be made by local filmmakers in Northampton all in one location. James Ryan is directing and Amii Dawes is producing, casting has already begun. We also have a confirmed location to shoot.
BEAUTIFUL THINGS, a story of nostalgia and obsession. An LGBTQ+ romance with a sci-fi twist that takes a dark turn. The film jumps through different eras of a beauty pageant to tell a visually arresting story filled with suspense. Beautiful Things has been shot with an incredible cast and crew at three stunning locations - and we need your help to fund the post production and festival run.
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.
1852, Wales: a desperate young mother carries out a forbidden ritual to save the soul of her unbaptised dead baby, but is tricked into taking on a terrifying supernatural burden.
The Sin-Eater is a powerful gothic horror short film that needs a little help to get it over the line.
From director Sayna Fardaraghi, "KINDRED" is a coming-of-age short, told through a psychological horror lens. In a stylized visual exploration of teenage anxieties, "KINDRED" follows 17-year-old Helena, as the uncertainty of her impending adulthood begins to threaten her sanity. “You exist within an infinite universe containing infinite potentials of you.” Which will you be when you grow up?
This film is as a collection of moments from Lucy and Sarah’s relationship. They spend their free time together doing what teenagers usually do - listening to music, breaking stuff and just generally nothing. But in those moments their feelings towards each other start to grow and neither one of them knows how to deal with them.
A short film developed by Secret Garden Pictures. Written and directed by Serena Chloe Gardner.
Summer's world turns upside down after the sudden death of her brother. A punk rocker and art student by day, her work begins to suffer from continual nightmares as PTSD plagues her life. Summer tries to overcome her grief with the help of her friends by throwing a house party.
Denmark. 2am. A hotel room. Three weary travellers, an unexpected will, and a production of Hamlet to rehearse before morning. After creating the wildly successful Nearly Lear, which has toured internationally to audience and critical acclaim, award-winning actor Susanna Hamnett joins forces with her son and daughter to bring her unique vision to another of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.
A short film tackling themes of guilt, justice and identity in modern-day Britain, with a particular focus on the immigration system, through an immersive and atmospheric horror lens. The film aims to convey the message that confronting and discussing social anxieties is not something we can easily run away from.
THAT'S ACE is a new one-woman show about asexuality, relationships and self-identity. Asexuality is highly underrepresented in the media, especially the arts. We are taking it to the VAULT Festival in March with the aim to take it further. In order to do this, we need to build the best production possible and need funding for this.
How To Keep Up With The Kardashians’ is a collectively devised theatre performance that was first performed in March 2020 and was essentially the birth of So La Flair. The performance is a dance party protest and fearless expression of being who you are, actively challenging the need to keep up with unrealistic templates AND suffocating expectations.
Dear Brother tells the story of Nina, a transgender woman who was rejected by her family. The hardest for her was to loose contact with her brother, who had always been her best friend. Years later, Nina receives an envelope from him. It only contains a picture, no letter.
In 1965 a Jewish Doctor, Gertrude Rosen, is called to a remote care home in North Wales to help identify and treat a dying patient who refuses to talk.
As Gertrude slowly wins the patient’s trust, she discovers the horrible truth of who he is, and faces an awful dilemma.
To help end his life peacefully, or let the monster suffer in pain like the millions of her people who died at his hands…
My name is Emma Coleman. I am a producer on a Brighton based short film being made called "End of the Line".
This is a dark and heavy drama about a man who decides to end is life, by drinking himself to death.
Our goal with this film is to raise awareness about suicide, alcoholism, childhood trauma and sexual abuse, as these are themes that are explored throughout.
Although our crew
Ceschi + Lane present Confinement: a project exploring Motherhood in the Pandemic, taking place at the Walthamstow Wetlands in September. With the company’s highly distinctive costume-led choreography and innovative sound design, Confinement is a living testament to motherhood over lockdown. The project includes free creative workshops for mothers, performances and an online collective artwork.
Produced by the Academy-award winning Slick Films, 'The Golden Boy' is a short emotional act of familial love and sacrifice inspired by true events. It’s Michael’s last week in nursery and the end-of-school assembly approaches. A non-verbal autistic six-year-old boy must elicit the help of his older sister to prove that his high support needs can’t stop potential.
This film revolves around a woman who embarks on the journey of opening an art gallery, with "The Sunflower" as her centrepiece. As the Sunflower changes colours, she finds herself transported through vivid flashbacks. It becomes her responsibility to determine if this relationship is truly right for her.
"Until We Live Again" is a nonprofit feature documentary recorded during spring 2020, under lockdown. Forced to reconcile with loss and deal with an unprecedented crisis, people from all corners of the world come to terms with this reality and decide to let go of the life they once knew, to make way for a new beginning.
Squall is a short film about a chance meeting between two strangers at rock bottom in their lives, who go on to spend one drunken evening together, putting their respective broken worlds to rights. It's a drama that explores the power of human connection, finding it when and where you least expect, and how that connection can have the power to - even in a small way - alter the course of a path you
Rabbit Hole is a hybrid live-digital show about conspiracy theories. It asks why we believe the things we do and how healthy curiosity can turn into a dogmatic mistrust of mainstream narratives. 5 performers take the audience through an interactive, subversive, and surprising world. First created by Feral Bird Theatre in 2021, and supported by New Diorama Theatre, the Cockpit, and Applecart Arts
Three Drama school graduates (from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) have made a film that they are entering into festivals.
The film has already won 12 awards, nominated for one award, been the finalist at 2 festivals and selected into 10 other festivals across 3 continents.
The London Playwrights Festival 2021 is a celebration of new writing in London and beyond! The festival will feature play readings from exciting new writers who we have been working with through our development programmes over the last year, along with Q&A's, networking opportunities for playwrights, and digital events.
'Like Sitting Ducks' follows the lockdown life of two millennials and their rollercoaster relationship throughout lockdown; exploring themes of isolation, grief, loss, love, and new life.
We follow Natalie and Jude, both 26 years old and living together in London. With love at the core of their relationship; the global pandemic hits to destabilize and challenge their 4-year journey.
Fresh from a night out at yesterdays wake, 'Rent-A-Mourner' Charlie rocks up to her next funeral late, tired, and hungover. Another day at the office. But when the morning/mourning takes an unexpected turn, she is thrust face to face with a deeply buried secret from the past.
Written by and starring Toto Bruin from IT'S A SIN.
SPAR is a modern comedy-drama series set around the world of amatuer boxing. A cross between Creed, The Bear with a dash of Cobra Kai SPAR offers a new experience when it comes to television. The obsession, the relationships, the comedy, and thrill of it all wrapped up in one story.
Thirty-Six follows the first meeting of Joe and Jenny, twenty-something, young professionals yearning for connection. Following the study "36 Questions to Fall in Love", Joe and Jenny are thrown into an intimate connection that neither we're prepared for, nor wanted. Exploring themes of love, death and the afterlife Joe and Jenny face a tough decision, to follow their heart or their heads?
A Love Worth Fighting For explores the futility and human complexity of war at a very personal level, and how one of the most momentous months in the twentieth century played out for the people living and dying in it. But it’s not a war film. Rather, it’s an anti-war film, and a love story. It is poignant, compelling and sad. It asks difficult questions. Yet ultimately, it ends with hope.
Tritone Theatre presents ‘The Greatest Hits of Lily and John’ at Pleasance Courtyard, 3rd - 28th August 2022!
Originally programmed as part of VAULT festival 2022, we were supported for previews rehoused for 3 nights at The Other Palace in March.
AND NOW - We're heading to the FRINGE FESTIVAL!
Fugue is an Urban Neo-Western. Our Western hero is Mia, a loner drug dealer who works nights in London. During the course of one night, a deal gone wrong confronts her with her past life. Fugue places the Spaghetti Western genre within in a gritty urban aesthetic to tell a story about taking on a new identity, and whether it's ever possible to escape yourself.
Santi is an upcoming 10-minute proof-of-concept short film written and to be directed by Harry Richards. With the endorsement of a Medellín-based production company, a huge creative input from London's Colombian community and many Spanish-speaking cast and crew members, Santi seeks to reflect on a Colombian immigrant's experience of middle-class London.
'I AM' is a short film that wishes to explore schizophrenia and break the many stigmas and clichés still surrounding this mental condition. Although we live in a world where people feel freer and more comfortable talking about mental illness, there still is a long way to go, especially with less understood conditions such as schizophrenia, which is too often sensationalised and misrepresented in
Riverman and Greenlit are proud to announce a SPECIAL CHARITY SCREENING of the documentary 'The GoOdFather' about Father Joe Maier and The Mercy Centre, the school and orphanage he started in Bangkok. Filmed by David McLean/Alex Weston, The GoOdfather tells the uplifting story of how Father Joe wanted to give all kids an education, regardless of religion, and what happened on the way.
Moustache Man follows a son, Jack, taking care of his mother after the passing of his father. His absence left a mother dealing with grief and her own mental illness, and a son trying his best to care for her while trying to get things back on track. Maybe the best way to do this is to become his father? So obviously he must grow a moustache!
Jungle Door invites its audience to indulge in the joyous, disheartening, and hopeful moments over a year shared by ex-lovers Michelle and Louise as they rekindle their friendship. Challenged by beauty standards and the housing crisis Michelle smiles through the filler and plans her perfect day, unaware her bridesmaid is hiding a dark secret.
'Kokoro' is a short film about Marco, a young boarding school student, who is struggling to find exactly where his heart lies. During art class, everyone is presented with a piece of paper and asked to fold an origami heart. Simple enough for most of the class. Not for Marco.
A Thousand Sons is a solo show written and performed by Jamie Sefton telling the true story of British nuclear test veterans. After successful runs at Camden Fringe 2021 and Edinburgh Fringe 2022, A Thousand Sons heads to Camden People's Theatre (CPT) in November as part of their autumn season.
Thirst is a queer epic play about eco-terrorism, seeing the anticipated return of playwright Ashley Milne’s collaboration with Teastain Theatre’s Rebecca McGreevy and Jessy Roberts. Started at the Omnibus Theatre’s 96 Festival, Thirst has been reborn for a full production to premiere at VAULT Festival in 2023. We are back with a bigger show than ever before, and are looking for your support to
From director Elizabeth J. Cassidy, ‘I Am Not Your Muse’ is a stylised short film following an actress's personal awakening - from objectified beauty to authentic identity. Partly inspired by the male artists and female muses of the Pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance movement, 'I Am Not Your Muse' follows a woman's journey of self-reclamation whilst asserting the female gaze on screen.
A young woman visits the mother of a girl she bullied at school who died by suicide. The film explores our inability to acknowledge the negative impacts our behaviour has on other people, standing accountable for our actions and asks; in accepting our part in the cruelty against others can we learn to love ourselves and move on?
Success means many different things. Accomplishment in some artistic sense, or maybe just lauding it over your contemporaries. Failure could be anything at all.
In equal parts wincing as it is hilarious, My Plan For Tomorrow is an exhibition of unsound ambition and unbridled narcissism.
Written by George Abbott and produced by Enrose Ramos.
A model, a photographer, and a fashion designer work together to prepare an extravagant dress for its first reveal at a high-profile gala. As tensions between them start to rise, their game for control begins to have increasingly high-stakes. As they slowly descend into madness, it appears the dress itself may hold the most power.
The return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece has become the most significant artefact repatriation issue of the 21st Century. Since Lord Elgin first sold them to the British Museum in 1816, they have been surrounded by controversy; and in the last few years, the voices in the UK for these to be sent back to Athens have grown substantially.
INSERT PLAY is a farcical, clowning, meta-comedy about two actors and a stage manager, trapped within their own play, trying hilariously to find any way out. Through re-writes and intentionally 'poor' character development, they must come together through their various backgrounds and find some stability; in the play, their careers, and wider implications this creative project demands.
"Betty's Dream" is a family-friendly animated film. The story centers on a girl named Betty and her brother, Sami, who has a severe disability — but also the power to control his sister’s dreams. Once Betty enters Sami’s magical inner world, their bond grows and they set out on a life-changing quest.
The Tourist is about a man who has thus far avoided the inevitable grief that comes from losing a loved one. He travels and he works and no-one can help him to move on with his life.
This will be my third short film this year, in my first year as a writer/director, and I shoot exclusively on my OnePlus 8 smartphone. I am hoping to shoot in October, with a cast of three. I will be director,as
In a long-awaited reunion, three sisters come together in their childhood home after a year apart, awakening a wave of nostalgia and memories that strengthen the unbreakable bond between them. The film explores the relationship between them, using their childhood home as an emotional map for the various aspects of sisterhood.
- Better Call Saul Meets The Social Network!
- A North East Feature Film Full Of Eccentric Characters!
- Support Both Independent Film + The North East Film Community!
- The Second Feature From An Incredibly Passionate Group Of Filmmakers!
- A Film About Filmmaking Itself!
Small chops are the integral parts of the food ceremony at parties and gatherings in Nigerian culture - where to satiate the hunger of your guests, they are presented with tasty, delicious treats before the main course is served. These are known as canapes, finger food or hors d’oeurves in other cultures. This is a story about the sweet, but synaptic parts of friendships - the small chops.
"Jasteece" tells the story of an elderly woman that has to face the consequences brought up by a difficult decision she made years ago in order to support her family, whilst the News rage of the unfairness of the justice system that lets criminals go unpunished due to their status in society.
It has been exactly 365 days since Hannah stumbled across Lolo Ferrari in the 1999 Guinness World Book of Records at the school library, which ignited a fiery obsession of drawing women with giant knockers. Today is Hannah’s 11th birthday and she only wants one thing - to see a penis.
Produced by Academy award-winning Slick Films and starring BAFTA-nominated Helen Behan, 'Suzie' will explore the experience of a middle-aged woman on the day she tells her son she is getting a divorce.
The film will deal with the anguish of preparing and coping with monumental change, confronting the complexity of family life and celebrating the strength shown to find new solutions.
Satisfaction Guaranteed! is a short, feel-good musical comedy inspired by classic Hollywood musicals like Top Hat and 42nd Street. It’s the story of Endi, a young woman struggling to pursue her dreams of West End musical stardom while working in a high-street clothing shop. When a ‘mystery shopper’ visits the store, not only is her day job on the line, but so are her musical hopes and ambitions
Death Of An Industry, What Does The Future Hold For Mining Communities?
Situated in Northumberland there are numerous mining villages that were once thriving before the closure of the mines in the late 80s and early 90s.
This documentary follows our producer, Mia, visiting her family roots to uncover what the future holds for the mining communities left in the North East of England.
After the death of SON's Nan, SON returns to his hometown, but MAM's boyfriend MIKE has other ideas about what's best for them. As the town's grip re-takes its hold, SON struggles to suppress his rising grief, tensions with MIKE intensify, and there can only be so long until the levy breaks. Lost, angry and broken, SON is faced with the question: can you ever truly leave the place you're from?
'Huggo' follows April a grief-stricken woman who forms an unusual attachment to a stuffed toy bunny as she struggles to get life back on track. 'Huggo' is a new female driven short film by the team at FlyGirl Films, written by Rachael Sampson and directed by Katie Harriman.
Ewan and Tim are stuck. After a much regretted, spur-of-the-moment invitation leads them to a hike of the Wiltshire hills, with the dark coming on they’re beginning to realise just how little they have in common. A play about standing stones, the solar system, and putting one foot in front of the other. Friendship is written by Kit Brookman and directed by George Nichols, for VAULT Festival 2022.
We are always waiting.
Waiting in a queue,
Waiting for some news,
Waiting for the day to end,
And then suddenly it does.
We are left with that nagging feeling,
Did we make the most of our time?
What happens next?
Be a part of our vision: Sojourn.
A deadpan, dark comedy, that follows DERWYN, a lonely young Farmer, who, in the search for companionship, finds himself on a rather lifeless date. Set in rural Wales, Rural Romance deals with themes of loneliness, depression, and suicide - pressing issues in the Welsh countryside.
THE (UN)HOLY TRINITY will be a digital installation consisting of three films. The films will draw inspiration from key female characters taken directly from the Bible - or who were inspired by the inconsistencies within said book - who through their supposedly unnatural acts of defiance, aggression, or a simple desire for autonomy, have been demonised throughout history to serve as a warning as
Ecstasy is a short film bringing maximum awareness to Parkinson's disease and is inspired by the real-life revelation that the drug ecstasy can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's. So step back and become part of a wild action-packed ride where a disabled father and son try to buy drugs so the Dad can dance with his wife... one... last... time
Based on a true story, SCAR follows Noah, a stubborn young man, who is assaulted on his way home after a life-changing first date. The attack impacts his mental health and those closest to him. In denial of his condition but incited to seek help, he must learn to be vulnerable in order to find strength.
Feeling isolated this holiday season? You are not alone. Since March, we have been trying to find new ways to connect with those we love, whether it be with phone calls, zoom meetings, or online games. Fish Bowl Fest wants to help facilitate these connections and bonding experiences in a safe and accessible way.
Hund is a short film about seven year old Jake. Faced with the day of his parents’ divorce, Jake’s anxiety induced Selective Mutism overwhelms and renders him unable to communicate his thoughts and emotions. Desperate for comfort he clings to his best friend - his dog Barley.
The Ballad Of Olive Morris is a short film based on real life events that took place in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton in 1969. 17 year old Olive Morris gets violently caught up in an incident of police brutality as she intervenes to help a Nigerian diplomat being wrongly arrested for stealing his own car.
Dogmouth Theatre are seeking your support to develop our new play about love, death, and mushrooms.
1000 Ways The World Will End (and how it starts again) was written by Alice Flynn (Women's Prize For Playwriting 2021 shortlist) and will be directed and designed by Alice Robb (recent director of Blue Bottles with Periphery Theatre and as a scenic artist with Polka Theatre)
New age couple Dan and Faye are excited for their future together, but when Faye begins sleep talking, her eerie, unconscious messages lead Dan to believe that they're both being haunted. Some people’s pasts are too toxic to cleanse.
She Talks In Her Sleep is a new, 9 minute horror short, brought to you by the same creators of the BAFTA nominated: The Blue Door.
Picturesque (2023), is a bittersweet LGBTQ+ drama short film, set in the Lake District, proudly taking a stand for authentic representation of blindness & disability on screen. Co-written by Will Hextall and Ellie Wallwork (Call the Midwife, Doctor Who). Directed by Will Hextall.
Trace is a Sci-Fi Thriller set in a world where memories can be extracted into a tangible drug like product called “Proxy”. Reviewing Proxies enhance your senses and give you a high. The story follows our protagonist Daniel. A retired PI returns to work for the mob to investigate a spree of killings, all targeted at memory dealers. His motivation being the safety of his memory dealer daughter.
This is a dramedy about HIV stigma in young gay men. In a world where our elders and mentors are not around, and there is no education, HIV has become something mysterious and something to be feared. Through the lens of a new gay relationship, this play interrogates the how and why of this stigma and ultimately seeks to educate audiences through a casual and conversational tone.
Living in a world of isolation and quarantine should ensure safety, but life might not be as secure as promised. Toko is a short drama that will be produced in and around Essex. Exploring challenging and thrilling themes, Toko is set to be a gripping watch, with an expected run time of 10-15 minutes.
In the aftermath of his son (Archie's) death, the film explores a father (Argyle's) descent into an all-consuming and destructive obsession with the sun.
In a desperate attempt to revive the memory of his child, he fixates on the star, hypothesising it as an avenue to the past - and a way back to his son.
DARK ISLE is a new musical based on the true story of the 'Flannan Isles Mystery'. Set in the Outer Hebrides in 1900, our story shows what may have happened to three lighthouse keepers behind the closed doors of their lighthouse, and in the lives of their families back home.
Four O'clock flowers is a moving and powerful feature film written by Louise Breckon-Richards and Peter Callow that explores the aftermath of a knife crime through the eyes of two mothers. The Director is Peter Callow. Actors involved are Caroline Trowbridge, Sophie Cartman and Leon Finnan. We have already filmed two thirds of the feature and are now looking to fund the completion of it.
BABY BOY is a hard hitting, stylised piece of storytelling with a social realist streak, that authentically tackles the subjects of addiction, sexuality, toxic masculinity and duality set against the backdrop of modern day London. From the talented team who brought you SMACK EDD, VILLAIN, TRIGGER FINGER, TURNOUT & THE PLAGUE, the film has been shot and we need your help to get it completed and
Murder Ballads is an independent feature film set in the rock 'n' roll world of well... rock 'n' roll. It's a dark comedy of six interconnected stories that chart the rapid rise and violent fall of dysfunctional rock band 'Stack of Corpses', who are willing to do anything for success!
SLAY is a satirical dark comedy that explores the friendship between flatmates, Phoebe, Jade and Heather. They share one BIG thing in common - hatred for their fourth 'influencer' flatmate Danielle. The three girls come up with a plan to get her to move out of the flat once and for all. But, a shocking discovery means friendships are tested and killers are unmasked...
Blueprints is a digital immersive journey that uses an online platform to introduce it’s intriguing, surreal world. Prepare to explore an online hybrid of immersive theatre and a choose your own adventure game. Audience will click through a derelict house and thorough each choice, the audience will alter the heroine’s narrative, exploring how key moments with our mothers shape us.
Alma, a Filipino nurse in London, is struggling to find home in a new city. Narrated by missed voicemails between her and her mum back home in Manila, we watch as she explores the city alone.
It will be directed by Filipina director Sofia del Carmen and produced by A LOOK INTO, a production company that focuses on current social affairs through the arts.
An absurd tragicomedy exploring the possibilities of a seemingly conversational banality told through the many, many eyes of two unlikely characters… oh, and they’re flies… those characters are both flies…
Showing at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre from 4th to 7th November 2021.
We’re in Stella’s head. Everything is shifting. Her mother is ill and seeing the future. Her sister is struggling to cope as a single mum. Stella’s old boyfriend is back. Then gone. Then back. Does she want him? Is her mother really sick? Why is everyone eating so many fish? As Stella grapples with the reality of her familial relationships and her romantic relationship, she is forced to unpick the
Part-funded by the BFI Short Film Fund.
Deep in the countryside, Alastair, a young gay arborist, navigates a lonely existence. When he meets the beautiful, rugged Fergus amongst a backdrop of lush and secluded woodland, sparks predictably fly. However, when faced with a small town entrenched in traditional values and a community unable to adapt, the two men must make a difficult decision.