What was the main inspiration behind your short film, THE OTHERWORLD?
The Otherworld was a bit of an experiment for me – I had spent the summer working in NYC and I was coming back to London to do a year’s acting diploma at Central (school of speech and drama). I had also been doing auditions for short films that I had found online through Casting Call Pro and was getting pretty fed up with every script I read including gratuitous nudity, so I decided to write something to shoot with my mates before I had to restart school. I decided I wanted to shoot in Dorset (where I grew up) because it’s so incredibly beautiful! And I had just seen this Argentinian film, called Wild Tales by Damian Szifron, which is a really cool idea – it’s a series of short films played as a feature that are all linked by one theme – revenge. I just really liked that format and so decided to play with the subject of dreams for my script and allowed the mythology of Dorset to feed into it, alongside the characteristics of my friends I was writing for, and yeah, I ended up staying up all night writing on the red eye back from New York and when I landed I had the script for The Otherworld!
How did it feel to win Best British Short at the London Independent Film Awards?
It was pretty awesome to win that at LIFA! It was the first festival we heard back from and so that was really cool and I wasn’t really expecting us to get in anywhere so it was definitely a nice surprise. It was also the first time I was like oh shit, maybe I am actually not terrible at this and people might actually like what I make, so it gave me a push to write more and make more, which was what I needed.