LEOPARD - SHORT FILM
Rocky, a born-and-bred London teenager, begins to question the strict routine set by her father - as well as deeper feelings about her own identity - after meeting a free-spirited girl in a local launderette.
Leopard is a story about social isolation, budding sexuality, and inner strength in the face of every day misogyny.
I want to make a film that not only confronts uncomfortable notions of commonplace sexual harassment, but goes deeper to explore how such cumulative social and sexual pressure might push a young girl to her limits. Alongside this, I want to tell a simple story of infatuation - Sasha is in many ways the opposite to Rocky; confident and carefree. Their relationship is to be purposefully undefined as we share Rocky’s uncertainty and self exploration.
Ultimately, I want viewers to empathise with a girl’s journey to better understand her place in a frequently unforgiving world, no matter how small.
James Arden (Writer/Director) - James' work is known for its offbeat tone, creative vision and versatility. Since obtaining an MA in Filmmaking from the University of York, he has screened at festivals including BFI Future Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and Raindance Film Festival, and venues including the BFI, BAFTA and the ICA. Recent music video clients include Island Records, Virgin EMI, Sony Music and Universal.
Ronnie McQuillan (Director of Photography) - Ronnie is a Northern Irish born, London-based DoP and a recent graduate of the Cinematography MA at the National Film and Television School. His work ranges from fiction films and music videos to advertising and documentary, and has screened at Sheffield Doc Fest, Venice Film Festival, and picked up prizes at both the Student BAFTA’s and in the Cinéfondation category at Cannes.
Poppy Ashton (Producer) - Poppy is a London-based freelance producer and graduate of the University of the Arts London. She works across fiction, music videos, fashion film and commercials, with recent clients including Acro Maher, Nike, The Basement, Joe Hertz and many more.
Lawrence Phillips (1st AD) - Lawrence is a graduate of the National Film and Television School (Production Management) and has worked in the AD department on a wide range of features and television shows including Black Mirror (Netflix), Killing Eve (BBC America), Sex Education (Netflix) and Fortitude (Sky Atlantic).