Made by Milk Presents’ Leo Skilbeck and starring Felix Mufti, Shark Week explores and celebrates trans bodies that bleed.
This short film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and follows Finn, who, trying to relax, takes a bath, unaware there is actually a shark under the water, about to bite at any moment.
A Milk Presents film
Featuring: Felix Mufti
Created by Leo Skilbeck
Creative Technician: Adam Robertson
Leo Skilbeck is a writer/director for stage and screen and the artistic director of Milk Presents. Their work is queer and trans centred and as writer/director for theatre includes drag king play JOAN (winner of Off West End Award, Fringe First Award) and WHEN WE BEGIN (shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and the Tony Craze award).
As director Leo’s work includes cabaret Chekhov THE BEAR/ THE PROPOSAL (Young Vic) and as Associate Director includes FUN HOME (Young Vic), Herons (Lyric Hammersmith), The Complete Deaths – Tim Crouch (Spymonkey)
For TV Leo is a writer on a show in development by Freemantle /87 films where they wrote the pilot. Leo has been selected for the BFI Film Hub North writers group where they are currently developing a short film. They are also the recipient of the Greater Manchester Artist Hub’s Originate fund, where they are currently developing a virtual reality show for kids around trans families and big data.
Felix Mufti-Wright is an activist, performer and writer. He co-founded ‘Transcend Theatre’ where he writes plays about authentic stories within the transgender community. He is also signed with The Queerhouse London and is an organiser for Trans Pride Liverpool and Transgender Day of Remembrance.
About Milk Presents
Milk Presents enable people to queer their world through internationally acclaimed theatre, performance, celebration, and disruption. An alumni of Derby Theatre’s flagship Associate programme and of the BUSH theatre, Milk Presents create award winning theatre and performance as well as make space for exchange, entertainment and community. Their work is a protest and a celebration and sometimes a bit of a messy one. You know that sticky, messed-up, extraordinary and ambiguous thing called gender? Their work is often about that.
Milk’s work spans over a decade and includes JOAN, BULLISH, Milk Presents Self Service, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood, Bluebeard, plus workshops, training and events.
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0, as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.
We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to HOME’s response fund to allow HOME to continue to support future artists and commissions.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.