KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES - director Michael Pearce and Maxine Peake
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES - director Michael Pearce and Maxine Peake

BFI SHORTS - UPDATE – Part 5


18 July 2013

Following a busy few weeks, we’re pleased to report that another four productions have completed filming, bringing the total number of films shot to 16.


THE LINE – actors Laya Lewis and Oscar Sanders

First of these was The Line, written and directed by BAFTA nominated Faye Gilbert and produced by Yaw Basoah. A tense drama thriller about a teenage girl and young boy running for their lives, the film is set in a futuristic world and features Laya Lewis, who recently appeared in Skins, and young newcomer Oscar Sanders.


Writer/director Mustapha Kseibati with Guiding Lights mentor Paul Andrew Williams, on the set of MOHAMMED

Next up was Mohammed, a comedy drama about 12-year old Adam and his older superhero-obsessed brother who has learning difficulties. The latest in a string of collaborations between writer/director Mustapha Kseibati and producer Michael Berliner, the film stars Kayvan Novak and a cast of new young actors including Jayden Revri as Adam. A previous participant on the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme, Mustapha’s mentor Paul Andrew Williams was able to visit the shoot to offer support.


KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES – director Michael Pearce and Maxine Peake

Third to shoot was black comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses, the story of the wife of an MP who discovers her husband’s true colours when she’s taken hostage by his criminal business associates. Written by Selina Lim, directed by BAFTA nominated Michael Pearce and produced by Megan Stuart Wallace, the film features a strong cast including Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell and Adeel Aktar.


CROCODILE writer Robin French, actor Alex MacQueen, producer Ohna Falby, director Gaëlle Denis, actor Michael Gould

Last but certainly not least, was Crocodile, a powerful drama about a bereaved headmaster who fights a crocodile following the tragic death of his daughter. Written by Robin French, directed by BAFTA winner Gaëlle Denis, and produced by Ohna Falby and Zorana Piggott, the ambitious production included scenes filmed in a Reptile Reserve, and stars Michael Gould, Lucinda Raikes, Alex MacQueen and Oliver Johnstone.

Click here to read BFI Shorts – Update 1.
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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