A short film by Louise Marie Cooke
Following a tragic accident, two damaged souls find each other in a dark, messed up situation.
Following a tragic accident, two damaged souls find each other in a dark, messed up situation. Isobel, a lonely young woman, is deeply affected when she witnesses her neighbour knocked from his bike by a van. Hours later in the dark hours of the morning she finds herself back at the scene of the accident, unable to sleep. There she meets her neighbour’s brother, and the two spend the evening together in an attempt to soothe the guilt and grief each feels.
Breathe was developed as a tonally dark drama focusing on the character of Isobel. With the film I wanted to explore themes of loneliness & obsession, and guilt & grief, and how these help calcify each other.
I wanted to look at how experiencing a tragic accident would affect a person who was already on the edge. The story is told through Isobel’s unreliable point of view. The line between truth and fiction is constantly blurred in what she says and how she acts both before the accident and then amplified afterwards.
Breathe was made as part of the 2017 London Calling short film slate funded by Film London and the Eastern Edge Film Fund. The Eastern Edge Film Fund is funded by the East London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge.
Writer & Director | Louise Marie Cooke
Producer | Andrew Oldbury
Assistant Producer | Natalie Sutton
Associate Producers | Patrick Campbell, Sarah Huxley & April Kelley
Director of Photography | Caroline Bridges
Editor | Neil Fergusson
Composer | Victoria Wijeratne
Production Design | May Jennifer Davies
Bute Street Film Festival – Winner of Best Short Film – 2018, UK
Rob Knox Film Festival – Winner of Best Screenplay – 2018, UK
Shorts On Tap: Women in Revolt – 2018, UK
Exit 6 Film Festival – 2018, UK
Southampton International Film Festival – Winner of Best Editing – 2018, UK
Actors TweetUp “TweetFest” Film Festival – Special Mention Best F-Rated (second place) – 2018, UK
London Short Film Festival – 2019, UK
Heart of England Film Festival – 2019, UK
British Urban Film Festival – 2019, UK