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Closing

Synopsis:

A charmer and a waitress life and love at closing time.

Samuel Ashton Hall's passion for storytelling was born in 1997 when, at the age of 14, he watched what he refers to as "The Big Three": Leon; Heat; and The Usual Suspects - films that impacted his imagination and stoked a fire within him that burns to this day. Inspired by Alex Epstein's 'Crafty Screenwriting', he got to work, feverishly writing as many scripts as he could. After several years, and having written several screenplays he was very happy with, he turned his attention to directing, resulting in the short films 'My Angel', 'Blind Spot', 'Timing' and 'Closing'.

Samuel Hall

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Mu Ai

Synopsis:

The recent passing of her father has Mei Chang hoping her expected inheritance will lift her family out of their crippling financial troubles and in doing mend her strained relationship with her two adult children keen to leave the nest. However, against tradition Mei discovers her mother has passed their inheritance to her son and daughter to give them the best chance to escape the rut. Past wounds come to the surface as Mei is forced to act out of desperation with heartbreaking consequences. A semi-biographical family drama that explores the complexity of British-Chinese culture and the unique love of a Chinese mother in modern times.

Lian Meng Rose is a British writer directer who graduated from the NFTS MA Directing Fiction earlier this year. His graduation film Stratum Deep has recently begun its festival journey alongside his other two films he directed and co-wrote at NFTS, The Wanderer and Mu Ai. A mentee of Sue Bruce-Smith and Toledo scholar that supports BAME filmmakers, Lian previously wrote and directed the award-winning narrative short film Concrete, that tackles modern slavery in the UK alongside the House of Commons and Anti-Slavery Commission. Lian is currently developing his first feature film as well as co-writing his first television show Open Veins with main collaborator Rebecca King, writer/director of part of BFI Network x BAFTA Crew

 

Lian Meng Rose

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Keep Your Distance

Synopsis:

Keep Your Distance Description: One-year-old cat remains home despite lockdown restriction easing. Once the owner returns from her jog, the cat reminds her of the two metre rule.

Om-Kalthoom is an up-and-coming film director and producer, who has written and directed her own short shorts this year. She did not go to film school and managed to gain industry exposure as a Production and Set Runner on high-end TV shows like Chernobyl (HBO & Sky Atlantic), Dad’s Army: The Lost Episode (UKTV) and Trust in Morecambe and Wise with Lenny Henry (UKTV). She also worked Martin’s Close (BBC Four) as a Production Coordinator. And worked on many ad and corporate commercials.

 

Om-Kalthoom Bashmailah

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