[T]he plan never was to write scripts or direct films, the plan was to act. But now Thea Gajic found herself doing all three, or at least she had done so for RUN, her independent short film released last year. The story, a “humorous yet delicate take on male indecision” and the “strength of feminine vulnerability,” had first surfaced in her mind as a poem. But the idea expanded and before long it was a film, winning awards and wide acclaim from the British filmmaking community.
More work and more acting has followed, both on stage and on screen and it now seems that Thea Gajic, still only 22, has found a good rhythm to her work. Today she was sat in a coffee shop in South London, sipping tea on a stale spring afternoon, snatching glances out the window. “That guy out there is smoking,” she said, holding her gaze for slightly longer and pointing. “That could be a scene in a film, I see things like that, in film. It’s weird. Like why is that guy rubbing his head over there? How is he picking up his mug? What does that mean?”
She went on, laughing now.
“I just steal it all from the street.”