Stephen Mangan in L'Assenza
Stephen Mangan in L'Assenza


A man becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from the early 1960s.

Writer/Director: Jonathan Romney
Producer: Carey Born
Cast: Stephen Mangan, Amanda Ryan, Michael Higgs, Rebecca Cardinale, Susanna Cappellaro

Genre: Drama
Running Time:19 min 40 sec
Status: Completed

L’Assenza has been internationally well received at a number of film festivals as well as being nominated for a 2013 BIFA award in the Best Short Film category. For a full list of festival and awards, please see below.

Watch the L’Assenza trailer here and the L’Assenza 1961 trailer here.

Jonathan Romney, Carey Born

Jonathan Romney – Writer/Director

Jonathan Romney wrote and directed the shorts A Social Call and Man Goes To The Doctor And The Doctor Says…. He has recently been developing a feature script on the London Film School’s Hothouse programme – a nightmare noir thriller set in 50s London. He is film critic of the Independent on Sunday, writes a monthly column for Sight & Sound and is programme advisor on French cinema for the London Film Festival. 

Carey Born – Producer

Carey studied at Cambridge and trained in acting at LAMDA. She first started writing and producing between acting jobs and has made 3 fiction shorts, Shadow Man, Compartment and Love For Sale. All of these have shown at international festivals, won awards and been commercially distributed. Carey runs her own production company, First Born Films, with Darren Heath, and has recently co-written a feature screenplay with A C Smith.

Festivals and Awards:
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014
London Short Film Festival 2014
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014
Glasgow International Film Festival 2014
London Film Festival 2013
The 51st New York Film Festival 2013
The Morelia International Film Festival 2013
Leeds International Film Festival 2013
BIFA 2013 nomination in the Best Short Film category
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia 2014
Telluride Film Festival Colorado, USA 2014
Raindance Film Festival 2014
BeFilm New York Underground Festival, NY, USA 2015
British Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany 2015



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