THE DISTANCES BETWEEN (2016)
Tensions rise when a frustrated Sophie begins to realise that geography isn't the only distance growing between her and her boyfriend James.
Sensing her growing uneasiness, James pushes Sophie into reluctantly confessing all her unspoken doubts and fears about their uncertain future together. With this startling revelation, they are both suddenly faced with the difficult truth about their relationship: that love alone might not be enough to survive the distance.
Written and directed by Aimie Willemse, this script started off as an exercise in writing simple yet honest dialogue between two characters until it developed into a story about the realistic struggles facing a couple who are caught in an emotional rut. Delving into personal experiences meant that the script could explore all those complex, raw and conflicting emotions through authentic characters; successfully creating an honest short about the reality involved in long-distance relationship.
Sophie Laing - Arlene McKenna
"I wanted to play Sophie from the first reading of the script as I felt that I knew her- I've met her before- I knew her struggle." - Arlene McKenna
For me, Arlene was a natural choice for the role of Sophie because she tapped into the character's
complex emotions. Watching her connect with all that pain, fear, longing and frustration gave me chills as she delivered a heartfelt performance that felt completely genuine.
James Noble - Tim Pollack
"I was drawn to the character of James for his inability to accept change." - Tim Pollack
Casting James was more difficult because there was a fine line between believable and just being the “asshole boyfriend”. But Tim’s performance captured this character’s growing complacency and wilful obliviousness consistently. Tim’s shift from visibly restrained anger to crushing guilt and regret in a heartbeat made James feel more human.
A healthy breakfast with a dash of distance.
Sophie packing up her bag to go home
Status: Festival Circuit
Cast & Crew Credits
Producer/1st Assistant Director
Director of Photography
Josh James Shrouder
1.78:1 (16:9) aspect ratio
48Hz AAC sound
Best Drama - ALTFF 2017
Super Short Category
Best Actress - ALTFF 2017
Super Short Category
Festivals & Screenings
Engish Premiere - Crossing the Screen Film Festival
Eastbourne, England November 2017
North American Premiere - Royal Starr Film Festival
Michigan, USA October 2017
Asia Premiere - Twin Lions International Film Festival
Mumbai, India May 2017
South American Premiere - Fresh Meet International Film Festival
Quito, Ecuador May 2017
World Premiere - Glasgow Short Film Festival
Glasgow, Scotland March 2017