A selection of films from an array of Northern filmmaking talent. These stories are a window into the unique lives of those finding redemption, embracing identity and overcoming mental illness as well as stories about the pain of grief and the joys of love.
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Written & Directed by Constantinos Christofi
Produced by Constantinos Christofi & Chris Bromley
Duration: 6 mins
Student // Fiction // Drama
A young and passionate ballet dancer practices hard to perfect a dance routine. His big dreams and dedication are hindered by a lack of self-confidence and isolation from the world.
Written & Directed by Lewis Coates
Produced by Lewis Coates, Julie Colman & Grant Black
Duration: 15 mins
Fiction // Sci-Fi
Leo undergoes a modern form of therapy that allows patients to visually recall their memories in order to overcome underlying trauma. As his therapist guides him through forgotten moments from his past, Leo begins to question whether the process can be trusted.
Written, Directed & Produced by Ben G. Brown
Duration: 10 mins
When it comes to recycled paint, it’s what’s inside the tin that counts. At Seagulls Paint, in the heart of Leeds, that counts for people too. A diverse mixing pot of volunteers and staff are given the opportunity to pull themselves up, to prove they are far more than their past, build for their future and become part of a family. Ruksar is an expert, a colour blind paint mixer with a colourful story and an inspirational message to share.
STORM THE STAGE
Written & Directed by Jenni Canning
Produced by Rebecca Colley
Duration: 8 mins
Student // Documentary // Queer
‘Storm the Stage’ explores what it means to identify as a drag queen and how the power of representation influences a person to truly become a star within the drag world. Tapping into the rising popularisation of the drag scene, not only within the LGBTQI+ community but also increasingly on mainstream platforms, this short documentary explores the world of Newcastle based drag queen ‘Layla Sphynx’. Rising to become Drag Idol All Star 2019, Layla learns to embrace her identity and define who she is as a drag queen whilst overcoming struggles with her mental health and identity.
Written, Directed & Produced by Brett Chapman
Duration: 13 mins
Fiction // Drama
Five years after breaking up Molly and Gretchen meet in Sheffield for a mutual sharing of memories, hopes, jokes and wonder. What if you had one night to say it all?
Directed by Dan Thorburn
Written by Jack Sherratt & Dan Thorburn
Produced by Sarah Palmer
Duration: 12 mins
Fiction // Drama
A peaceful working relationship between two power-line repair men is put under pressure when one returns back from a family bereavement. In Trucker’s Atlas, the rural landscapes of the UK provide the backdrop for an exploration into emotional repression and outdated ideals of masculinity within middle aged, working-class men. Starring Neil Bell (Dead Man’s Shoes, Peterloo, 24 Hour Party People) and Kris Hitchen (Sorry We Missed You, Barking Murders), co-workers Mike and Rob must allow themselves to open up before they are able to move on from their grief. Presented in a naturalistic way, the film incorporates a transatlantic feel to distinguish itself from thematically similar British dramas.