Taught My Heart To Fear
Realist Drama / dramatic thriller
Outwardly confident, but inwardly insecure, 30-year old teacher Molly has her loneliness evaporate when she starts a passionate relationship with Tom; but he soon starts to bully and beat her in an attempt to build his own failing self-esteem. They love each other but she is cracking under the strain of his emotional abuse and his financial and physical controls; with her life becoming in danger she must find a way to turn his life around - or find a way to escape.
The film deals with the universal themes of the difficulties of knowing when you have found love, and the issues of loving, respecting and valuing yourself, even under extreme circumstances.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone I have met in refuges and women's advice centres and doctors for their very generous support, information and advice to help develop this project.
Girl and the Ghost
This is written by Andy Mark Simpson but is being produced by Pins & Needles Media
Coming-of-age teen drama
15-year old Jess has been raised in foster care all her life, she is lonely and gets bullied for her previous mental health issues. Jess sees a ghostly apparition of a beautiful woman who tells her she needs to journey into the woods and bring back a special box to her which will bring her mother back to life. Jess is mesmerised and promises to find it.
The others in the gang decide to go with her and they leave their run-down council estate and journey over-night into the woods where all the tensions, insecurities and abusive backgrounds in the gang explode as Jess leads them deeper into the woods to find the box and prove her vision was true.
Based on Bede Films' short film 'Grotto'.