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Short: Majority

“An effective story that touches upon all too familiar issues, this short deals with the bias and prejudices that can be prevalent in our communities. The strong performance from the lead actress really drew us in and made us empathise with the main character and the thanklessness of her everyday tasks.”  The Filmed Up Panel

Synopsis

Single mother and immigrant; Sonia works in sheltered accommodation.  When a resident makes an official complaint against her, she must continue to face each one of them without bias.

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  • About the filmmaker / the team

Tessa Hoffe is a New Zealand Filmmaker based in the UK. Majority is her 7th short film. The film has screened at Krakow Film Festival, Palm Springs Short Fest and BFI London Film Festival and is currently part of BBC Two’s Festival of Funny.

Producer Lauren Parker has produced a series of short films and music videos with her company Kato Pictures and is now developing a slate of feature films. Her last short Wash Club premiered online with Short of the Week and received a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her upcoming short Lord of the Free Range is supported by the BFI Network and will shoot in 2021

You can follow Tessa and Kato Pictures on twitter @TessaHoffe and @KatoPictures

  • How did the film come about

The idea for Majority came from various situations and experiences that either Tessa was familiar with or had friends share with her. As we scouted locations at real sheltered accommodation we would discuss the script with staff members who would tell us how authentic some of our situations were. As a filmmaking team, we were introduced by a mutual friend and as a duo the BFI Network were keen to support us so the project came together fairly easily for a change. The biggest hurdle was finding the perfect location, but we worked with a local housing trust and its residents who were all very accommodating and after that everything started falling into place

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