London Short Film Festival 2017

More Significance news! It will be shown at the London Short Film Festival on the 13th of January at the Hackney Picturehouse at 18:30.

In it I play Christina, a woman who arrives late at night at an observatory just as an amateur astronomer makes an incredible discovery.

Significance will play in the Dystopia section of the LSFF programme...

"Where will it all go wrong? Post-apocalyptic landscapes where life and death is a game, dystopian societies where being perfect is illegal, science fiction prophecies, and living with robots all are confronted in this selection of short films." 

Alexa Brown as Christina, Significance.

Alexa Brown as Christina, Significance.

Significance at Aesthetica

Short film Significance, directed by Jack Pirie and Alex Hylands-White and produced by Halcyon, will be screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) this coming November.

In it I play Christina, one third of a three-hander, and someone who is not all she seems...

'Amateur astronomer Miles Roberts, working late at a remote observatory, is thrilled to finally discover what he’s been searching for. But when the arrival of an unannounced guest uncovers the dark reality of what he has found and its irreversible consequences, soon Miles is forced to confront what it is he set out to discover.'

Significance has also shown this year at the London Independent Film Festival, and will show later this month at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.

Night Bus on London Live

Londoners! Set your VHS to record mode!

Night Bus is showing on TV channel London Live this Thursday (26th May) at 10pm. It's a UK TV premiere showing as part of London Live's programme of independent British films.

"The passengers on the Night Bus have many different stories: some are lovers, some have dark secrets, some are looking for a fight, others are just trying to get through the night."

Night Bus, directed by Simon Baker, won Best Feature and Best Director at the British Independent Film Festival last year, and was part of the official selection for the BFI London Film Festival.

Silver

Last week I spent a fun couple of days working on short film Silver for the BFI Film Academy in conjunction with the NFTS.  The academy takes the most promising 16 to 19 year olds in the country who work alongside industry professionals to learn about film-making.

Silver tells the story of a family with a newly adopted son (played by Shanu Hazzan), in which I play the mother, with the brilliant Gary Beadle taking the role of the father. Silver was directed by Maisie Buck ... a name to look out for in the future.

Sub Rosa on the festival trail and Now You See Me 2

In the last few weeks Sub Rosa has been shown at several film festivals around the world, including the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival and Festival International du Film d'Aubagne. Sub Rosa, directed by Thora Hilmarsdottir, is about 8 year old Tilda (Estelle Arama) who lives with her grandmother (Prunella Scales) in a flower shop that isn't all it seems. I play Olive, a woman who lives at the back of the flower shop... You can see the trailer here.

 

Also out in the past few days is the trailer for Now You See Me 2 (in which I play a surveillance agent). Out this summer and it looks like a lot of fun.

Osiris

For the past couple of years I have been adapting sci-fi novel Osiris by E.J. Swift into a feature-length screenplay. Having obtained the rights for a further year, I am now working on my fifth draft. Hopefully more news on this soon...

The film is set in a world radically altered by climate change. Osiris, the last remaining city on earth, is an ocean city constructed from towers rising out of the sea. It consists of the City, a prosperous metropolis, and the West, a poor, run down, crime-filled ghetto, divided by a heavily-armed border. The film tells the story of Adelaide Rechnov, the wealthy daughter of one of the City’s founding families searching for her brother who has mysteriously disappeared, and Vikram, a westerner and third-generation refugee trying to help the west’s cold and starving people before violence breaks out once more. When they meet both their lives are irrevocably changed and terrible secrets are uncovered.

More about Osiris on E.J. Swift's website here.


Save the Children Voiceover

My first job of the year, and it's a very rewarding one. I've been doing a few voiceovers for Save the Children with the filmmaker Mats Lignell and, this time, he needed some narration for a short video about Save the Children's work with the IKEA Foundation.

You can hear watch some of the previous videos we've worked on here.

As a side note, we also found the best and tiniest voiceover booth in London, Cheap as Chips. (Ignore the website, they're really good...).

Welcome to my new website

A round-up of the last few months...

Now You See Me 2, in which I play a surveillance agent, comes out this summer (2016).

Sub Rosa won Best Short Film at the San Diego Film Festival. It was nominated for Short Film of the Year at the Edda Awards in Iceland, and received the Special Mention of the Jury at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.

Room 55 won Best Cinematography at Camerimage, was nominated for Best Live Action at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and the Narrative Short Grand Jury Award at SXSW. Both Room 55 and Sub Rosa were selected for the Gothic strand of the London Short Film Festival.

Night Bus won Best Feature and Best Director at the British Independent Film Festival, where it was also nominated for Best Cinematography and the British Lion Award.

I also played Tracey in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Criterion Theatre, a charity night fundraising for the MAD Trust. I performed in two short plays: Nothing to Hide at the Arts Theatre and VSC at Theatre 503.