Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns marks his transition into features with this tightly focused, remarkably authentic character study of brittle 31-year-old Londoner Daphne (Beecham). Daphne has ‘sort of given up on people’ as she goes through the motions of her busy life, working as a cook in a London restaurant and through a series of drug-fuelled hook-ups. She resists genuine intimacy in her few friendships and rejects her mother attempts to engage. When she witnesses a violent robbery, she’s thrown into chaos and finally begins to confront the person she’s become.
Cut from the same explicit, ironic, confessional cloth as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s internationally successful BBC TV series Fleabag, Daphne offers us a female protagonist who can be as fiercely unlikeable as she is compelling to watch.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: Short Film: Gaia
An ode to planet earth. A collaboration of word, sound and image; this film looks at humans’ relationship with nature through the voices of the personified classical elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
Each section represents a time in human development, both individually and collectively as a species. There is an association with the seasons and passing of time (a human’s life cycle) with a clear colour scheme for each element. As each element is its own character (a sort of parental figure to us humans), they each have their own temperament and message for us. Earth is spring and represents our birth; innocent and young we are spoken to by a loving mother. Water is our youth, summer, a happy period where our relationship with nature is good. Fire is our adulthood. Autumn. We have separated ourselves from nature causing conflict and tension. Air is our old age. Winter. This is where we learn to respect nature and realise we cannot separate ourselves from it as we are one and the same.
We will be joined by director Peter Mackie Burns for a Q&A following the 20:30 screening on Fri 29 Sep.