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Synopsis: Astrid North investigates the arms trade and diamond smuggling in the Arctic Circle, known as queenie to her bemused colleagues Astrid also claims to be the Queen of Zaftra an undiscovered isle in a world not of our own.



Run Time

10 minutes


Chloe Shepherd (Astrid)
Georgie Dawson (Jane)

Directed by

Ray Jacobs

Written by

Ray Jacobs
Jeff Vandermeer

Director's Statement

‘I aim in my work to create movement and image which steps quietly into the human heart’.

Director's Bio

Ray Jacobs is a UK based artist who uses the mediums of image, film and movement to highlight the beauty, power and presence in the stories that surround us and are within us.
Ray works as a director and facilitator, creating imaginative and powerful works with a wide variety of companies, performers and participatory groups in particular collaborating with disabled artists.
He states. ‘I aim in my work to create movement and image which steps quietly yet powerfully into the human heart’.
Ray’s background is in dance and performance, trauma from a hereditary heart condition in his thirties led him to begin creating work away from the stage and create visual stories on film.
Recent multi award winning short films include ‘The Sea Reminds Me’, ‘Bastion’,Four Solos in the Wild and The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot. He is currently touring a new film based installation The Cabinet of Secret Lives based on a collection of stories from American Sci Fi author Jeff Vandermeer.
Ray is currently performance director of Arty Party a charity based in Telford focused on supporting learning disabled artists share work with the public.

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