THE DISTANCES BETWEEN (2016)

Synopsis

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.

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Main Cast

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.

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Reviews

(The Independent Critic, 08/04/2017) 
(One Film Fan, 08/02/2017) 
Status: Festival Circuit
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Cast & Crew Credits

Sophie Laing

Arlene McKenna

 

James Noble

Tim Pollack

 

Writer/Director

Aimie Willemse

 

Producer/1st Assistant Director

Ross Kelly

 

Script Supervisor

Omiros Vazors

 

Director of Photography

Sefa Ucbas 

 

1st AC

Aiste Banelyte

Production Designer

Thom Clark

 

Sound Recordist

Andrew Hazell

 

Makeup Artist

Nike Johnston

 

Costume Designer

Xenia Gauss

 

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Mark Fraser

 

Colourist

Seamus Corgan

 

Editor

Peter Stewart

Sound Design

Bob Robertson

Composer

Josh James Shrouder

 

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Tech Info

25fps

1920x1080p 

1.78:1 (16:9) aspect ratio

H.264 codec

48Hz AAC sound

Awards

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

The works of Infinite Studios and Writer/Director Aimie Willemse