As we start coming out of what we hope will be our final lockdown, this stunning portrait film reflects the experiences of people after the first lockdown, nearly a year ago.

“As you can imagine, we have seen a lot of short films about lockdown in the past year. This film stuck with us not only because of its absolutely gorgeous cinematography but also because of the array of people and experiences it depicted. A wonderful snapshot of how people went through the first lockdown” – The Filmed Up Panel


Distant Future is a short film centred around people’s experience in lockdown through the Coronavirus pandemic. Told through beautiful portraiture, it talks about the good, the bad and everything in between that this period has brought.

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More information about the film and the filmmaker

Credits: Writer/Director Charlie Watts; Producer Luke Filz; DOP Matt Jones

Read more on how the film came about in Charlie’s interview in Directors Notes.

You can follow Charlie Watts on Instagram @charlie_j_watts and Twitter @charliewatts32  and DOP Mat Johns on @

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5 minutes


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Great Britain

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