The Beast – director Corinna Faith with Raffey Cassidy, photo by Belinda Lawley
The Beast – director Corinna Faith with Raffey Cassidy, photo by Belinda Lawley

BFI Shorts 2012 – Update - Part 1


21 May 2013

Three months after announcing the BFI Shorts 2012 slate, we're delighted to be able to take you behind the scenes for a first update. It's been a busy time for everyone involved with the scheme, with five films already in the can and two more shooting this week.


SLR director Stephen Fingleton with DoP Luke Bryant

First to go into production was SLR, written and directed by Stephen Fingleton, produced by Matt Wilkinson, and starring Liam Cunningham and Amy Wren. Dealing with the subject of creepshots, an issue which has had coverage in the press recently, SLR is the story of a man obsessed with ‘voyeur pornography’, who on discovering that someone is taking pictures of his daughter, must take matters into his own hands. Filming in Belfast, the team successfully rose to the challenge of shooting summer scenes during one of the coldest and wettest Septembers we’ve seen for a long time.


To Leech director Stephen Leslie

Next up was To Leech, a black comedy written and directed by Stephen Leslie, one of Screen International’s previous ‘Stars of Tomorrow’. A tale about two men who decide to resolve an argument in an anachronistic fashion by meeting at dawn to fight a duel, the project is produced by Seb Loden and features a great cast including Jason Watkins, Alex Macqueen, Julian Rhind Tutt and Raquel Cassidy.


The Beast – director Corinna Faith with Raffey Cassidy, photo by Belinda Lawley

Third to shoot was The Beast, on which BAFTA nominated writer/director Corinna Faith teamed up with producer Laura Hastings-Smith (whose previous credits include Steve McQueen’s Hunger) and Warp Films. Telling the story of a young girl captivated by romantic myths of a beast on the moor who discovers she must face a monster much closer to home, the film shot on Dartmoor with a cast featuring Kate Dickie, Joseph Mawle and newcomer Raffey Cassidy.


Gutpunch – producer Michelle Eastwood & director Adrian McDowall, photo by Sally McCormack

Gutpunch was the next project to go into production, written by Andrew Yerlett, directed by double BAFTA-winner Adrian McDowall, and produced by Michelle Eastwood. A comedy about 15-year old Adam, who after discovering that his biological father could be any one of the desperados from a 1980s video-dating tape, embarks on a quest to find the man he can now call ‘Dad’, the film stars Christian Lees, Justin Edwards and Rufus Jones.

Click here to read BFI Shorts – Update 2.
Click here to read BFI Shorts – Update 3.
Click here to read BFI Shorts – Update 4.

For further information about the BFI Shorts scheme please go here.


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