Joss Ackland in The Portrait, photo by Anne Siegel
Joss Ackland in The Portrait, photo by Anne Siegel

The Portrait

When a young art student paints a portrait of her ageing grandfather, her mother is forced to confront a past she had been trying to forget.

Writer: Ewan Forster
Director: Chris Forster
Producers: Clive Myer, Lynda Myer-Bennett and Katie Holly
Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Joss Ackland, Charlotte Ritchie, Neil Pearson, Max Lewis

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 19 min 45 sec
Status: Completed

The Portrait has been well received at film festivals including a screening at the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival. For a full list of festival submissions, please see below.

Chris Forster, Ewan Forster, Clive Myer, Lynda Myer-Bennett, Katie Holly

Chris Forster – Director

Chris Forster began his career as a storyboard artist before moving into shorts and documentaries. His directing credits include the music feature Beautiful Mistake co-directed with Marc Evans, Minim (Jury prize Uppsala/D.M Davies award), Overland, and the BBC documentary Gwen John – Strange Beauties. He also worked as a visual consultant on The Bourne Ultimatum and directed second unit on films such as Captain Phillips, Ironclad, Green Zone, and Paul Greengrass’ acclaimed 9/11 drama United 93.

Ewan Forster – Writer

Ewan Forster is a writer and theatre-maker who, over twenty years, has created theatre and performance projects in the UK and abroad for venues such as Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht; The Royal Court, London; The Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; and the Hebbel Theater, Berlin. He is currently working on two new site-specific performance projects for 2012/13: Hovernaut at Pegwell Bay for Arts Council England and Pharmacopeia, a collaboration with the Pharmacy Department at Kings College London.

Clive Myer – Producer

Clive Myer is founder and former Director of the International Film School Wales; The Film Academy at the University of Glamorgan and the Skillset Screen Academy Wales having produced over 2000 student films. He established the student film festival Ffresh, now in its 11th year and WOW!, Wales One World Film Festival, now also in its 11th year. He has produced experimental drama and documentary films for over 30 years, including Justine, by the Marquis de Sade, and the documentaries Dorothy Carrington – Woman of Two Worlds and Song of the Falklands. He is currently co-producer on two feature films for Eclectic Films; The Orchard and Don’t Worry Be Happy. His book Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice was published by Columbia University Press in 2012.

Lynda Myer-Bennett – Producer

Lynda Myer-Bennett was Head of the Short Course Unit at Ravensbourne School of Film, Television and Broadcasting. After several years working in the Third Sector raising European and national funding, she co-founded the Forest of Dean Community Radio station and produced a series of videos promoting the work of the Voluntary Sector. She has produced First Light films for the UK Film Council and wrote and directed Veiled (nominated for the DM Davies Award) through the Digital Visions Scheme on behalf of the UK Film Council. She is currently co-producer on two feature films for Eclectic Films; The Orchard and Don’t Worry Be Happy.

Katie Holly – Co-producer

Katie Holly is MD of Blinder Films where she produces award-winning features, tv comedy and documentaries that have played festivals such as Toronto, London, Rotterdam, Slamdance, sxsw and Seattle. Feature credits include One Hundred Mornings, Sensation, and Come on Eileen. Recent credits include Citadel, which will be released by Cinedigm in the US in October, and The Perverts Guide to Ideology, which will premiere at Toronto. Katie is a graduate of EAVE, Chairwoman of Filmbase and she was Ireland’s Producer on the Move at Cannes 2010. 

Festivals and Awards:
Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA 2014
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland 2014
Belfast Film Festival, Ireland 2014
Newport Beach Film Festival, Wales 2013
British Academy Cymru Awards – Winner of Best Short Film and Animation 2014



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