Doubts and Fantasies
Doubts and fantasies. They are the universally human products of imagination, creativity, uncertainty, fear.
Our short film of the same name is set against the cosmopolitan backdrop of London, it encapsulates the intense highs and lows that come from living in one of the most vibrant and challenging cities in the world. The structure emulates the intertwined and contrary elements of emotionally charged moments that connect us all in our day to day lives and especially in our varying relationships with each other.
The story’s dramatic underpinning is a chain of events that comes full circle at the conclusion of the film.
Six scenes. Six characters, with only two characters per scene. All characters are navigating their ups and downs – their doubts and fantasies - giving the tone of the story a high-pitched intensity.
We have assembled a wonderfully talented cast and crew for Doubts and Fantasies.
Starting with the Crew...
Writer – Shwan Ziad
Shwan writes for the screen in comedy, drama, and literary adaptation. He has an MA in Film and TV from University of Bristol that gave him an intensive period of studying screenwriting and filmmaking. He’s currently working with National Film and Television on writing a feature with support of their Development programme. Shwan has researched for Revolution Films, provided coverage for Anton Corp, and read story submissions for The Atlantic. He also writes on film for Times Literary Supplement.
Director – Guy Taylor
Shortly after graduating from university in engineering, Guy decided to pursue his passion for film. He threw himself into the industry and worked across many roles until he began working as a director. His first three short films so far have been selected at film festivals internationally and he aims to continue this trajectory with Doubts and Fantasies. This year he founded Gatton Films as a production company through which to keep making compelling content.
Producer – Ellen Williams
Ellen has several years of experience in Directing, Producing, and other department roles within the industry. Shorts and features she’s been involved with have won numerous festival awards including; LA Shorts Fest, Melbourne Underground film festival, Cannes Marche Du Film and short film corner, LA CineFest, and Sydney Indie Film Festival, to name a few.
DoP – Jose Romero
When Jose arrived in London on a gap year, he felt all the limitations of living in a small Spanish town just fading away. The cosmopolitan city, full of anything and everything, quickly left him no other choice but to stay. Having found this creative paradise, he decided to work on his photography skills and filmmaking is just the natural next step.
1st AD – Edwin Miles
Edwin Miles is a moving image artist, filmmaker, and documentarian from the West Midlands, UK. After graduating with a degree in Film Studies at Falmouth University, Cornwall, he went on to complete a Film and Television postgraduate degree at the University of Bristol which then drove him to move to London. This journey to the capital has been a major influence on his current work which often turns to the contrast between his current circumstances and his upbringing in a riverside town.
Line Producer – Freya Wood
Freya has spent most of her time working in camera departments across projects in the last twelve months. However, she has since started getting more involved with the logistical and coordination side of shoots. Working in film is an important creative outlet for her as she works towards becoming a lawyer.
Hair and Make-Up – Hanni Wellian
Hanni has been working as a freelance Hair and Makeup Artist for 2 years now in varying industries, from film to fashion, commercial and theatre. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in “Makeup for Media and Performance” at Arts University Bournemouth, with a Prosthetics and Special Effects Named Award.
Costume Designer - Georgina Ratcliffe
With nods to eighties and nineties art and image making, Georgina explores themes of sexuality and family using self portaits that focus on social and sexual positioning of gender and family connection. Using these themes and applying them to editorial image production and styling is what she specialises in.
And now the Cast (so far)...
Max – Will Stevens
Will was born and grew up in London. He graduated from Drama Centre in September 2019, and since then has performed at the VAULTS festival in London, developed his own written portfolio, and featured in an episode of BBC's 'Silent Witness'. He hopes to continue to explore work across stage and screen.
Asha – Sanjana Puri
Sanjana Puri is a British Indian actor based in London. She is an expressive, empathetic and articulate young woman. Sanjana is the first woman from her traditional Indian family to be able to pursue a career of her choice. She has fought hard for the freedom to choose her own path and therefore understands the value of doing something you love.
Lara - Lynne-Anne Rogers
Lynne-Anne Rogers’ acting credits include DC’s Justice League and indie feature film Dark Beacon, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress prize at the International Film Festival of Wales. Other projects include the feature films White Colour Black, Patients of a Saint and Faces, also the BBC radio drama By God’s Mercy, a play by award winning writer Colette Victor and recently, has completed filming on the short film Daughter directed by Athena Mandis and written by Jo Harper due for release early 2021.
Roy - Paul Coster
Paul studied acting in California at the prestigious ‘Baron Brown Studio’ studying ‘Meisner’, and ‘John Rosenfeld Studios'. Paul has spent the last 10 years working in the UK and in the USA on TV Films and has appeared in over 100 commercials.
Paul has recently been cast in the feature films ‘Underdog’, ‘Dragonflys’, ‘White Oak’, ‘Cyborg Invasion’, and the TV series ‘Rebecca’, ‘Gold’ ,sensations for cinema release and ‘Days of the Apocalypse’ for Amazon Prime. Born in the East End of London and now lives out side of Brighton , Paul is an avid sailor and fitness fanatic.
Isabel – Lucy Nicholson
Lucy Nicholson is a 23-year-old Actress from London. She trained with Young Actors Theatre Islington after graduating from Durham University, as well as the National Youth Film Academy. Her credits mainly include theatre, having performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival several times. She is looking forward to focussing more on film now if covid allows it! As well as being an actor she is also a trained dancer in ballet, tap and jazz as well as a harpist.
William - Harry Burton
Born in London, Harry trained as an actor at the Central School. He later trained as a director with BBC Television. He has acted and directed in theatre, television, film and radio for over thirty years.
So, after a successful crowdfunding campaign with the help of Greenlit, we are now ready to really kick on with pre-production! Finalising locations, finishing off the cast and assembling the rest of the crew are the next steps, after which we'll be ready to shoot!
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