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Synopsis: Serena is an Australian who has moved to the other side of the world for love. On a surfing trip in Devon, she struggles to accept that she has made the wrong decision.

Language

English

Run Time

17 minutes

Starring

Amelia Lander (Serena)
Shaun McKee (Tom)
Alanah Bloor (Emma)
Molly Ingle (Jen)

Directed by

Margarita Milne

Written by

Margarita Milne

Produced by

Michelle Brøndum

Edited by

Waltteri Vanhanen

Cinematographer

Taylor Shulin

Director's Statement

WAVES is a visual poem about the end of a relationship. When Michelle and I embarked on the project, we were excited by the prospect of using water and surf imagery to characterise toxic love. We felt it was rich soil because of the complicated love affair surfers have with the ocean – waves can treat you well but they can also be cruel, thrashing and pulling you down. Despite Tom’s oscillating moods, Serena stays – she loves him. It isn’t until she realises that he is ultimately indifferent to her that she decides to leave. The wetsuit is therefore a metaphor for her freeing herself and shedding him. It’s the start of her feeling comfortable in her own skin again.

We have experimented with music and sound design in this film to characterise a feeling of intense claustrophobia and confusion. We hope the film brings audiences a sense of release – and a feeling that, although extremely difficult, there’s a way out.

Director's Bio

Margarita is a recent graduate from the National Film and Television School, where she completed an MA in Directing Fiction with the support of the David Lean Scholarship. Her NFTS graduation short is a challenging but beautifully composed story about childhood trauma and abuse, set against the backdrop of an idyllic family Christmas. The film has since been selected for the Brooklyn Film Festival 2021 as part of the Official Selection for Narrative Shorts, as well as the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021. Her other NFTS short films have screened at In the Palace, Lighthouse, Burbank, Nevada City and Beverley Hills Film Festivals amongst others and her first short film, LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU, was nominated for Best U25 Director at Underwire 2018. Margarita also wrote and directed a video essay on Chloé Zhao, commissioned by Birds’ Eye View and backed by the BFI as part of the Reclaim The Frame project, whose mission it was to bring ever-greater audiences to films made by women. She is now developing her own ideas for the film and TV market, including a dark, psychological thriller feature.

Country of Origin

United Kingdom

Production Year

2020

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