Beneath the Mind
About the film
When Eve, an architect who suffers from schizophrenia is asked to make design changes and modifications to a building plan, she is overwhelmed by the immense pressure and finds herself descending into a living nightmare. Determined to complete the project by the deadline, Eve's dark side begins to emerge and she finds her own stability dangerously threatened. Covering 12 hours, Beneath the Mind tells the story of one very bad night in the life and mind of a functioning schizophrenic, from dusk to dawn.
From the director
"Beneath The Mind is a thriller portrait, which engages you into the life of a young female who experiences schizophrenia. What drew me to this script is that despite her schizophrenia and the pressure of a deadline, she functions, she isn’t inferior because she is aware of her illness. However, it’s important for me to communicate the shifts of power she experiences mentally. I aim to make this journey feel like real time and allow this to be an experience with this character instead of an observation.
I will lend conventions of portrait styled films intertwined with elements of surreal to immerse the audience in her inability to dissociate fantasy from reality.
At some points in our lives we have felt the pressures of other ‘voices’ especially with extreme work culture and social media, I feel that the audience will relate to this character a lot more than they expect."
Meet the team
Director Ella Bennett
Born in Southend and raised in South London, Ella’s passion for directing began at aged 15 when creating a documentary about Southwark estates. A Brit School and Ravensbourne Graduate she has created over 40 short videos including music videos, promos, short films and documentaries over the past seven years, as well as gaining experience in assistant directing on seven short films. She was selected to attend the British European Talent screening in Berlin to screen an excerpt of one of her short films. In addition, Ella’s short film Last Leg has been officially selected nine times, including being broadcasted on London Live and winning Best Short at the London Independent Film Festival. She has also had her short film commissioned by Screen South Ignition Random Acts Network Centre for the Spark scheme. She is currently working freelance, developing new ideas for short and long form films.
Writer Kieran Bourne
Born in South London, Kieran started as a fiction writer and then moved into screenwriting just over ten years ago. His first produced short films were Free in the Afternoon (as writer/director) and William Shakespeare’s Venus & Adonis. These both played at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. He is a versatile writer having written plays, shorts, TV pilots and multiple features, and as a director has helmed four original short films, the latest of which, The Wife, was completed in November 2016. Beneath the Mind will be his debut feature.
Producer Oliver Nlemadim
Oliver is a producer who works across film and TV. He joined the development team of Writemovies Inc, where he was involved in finding Saving Betty Blue and All About Maggie. Moving to London, he worked for Content Films, Momentum Pictures, and works closely with Channel 4’s Creative Diversity team. Working independently, he produced the shorts Tired and the recently completed The Wife. In March 2016, he was selected by Film London to attend Series Mania’s TV co-production forum in Paris. With over seven years’ experience as a film/TV development producer/executive at various indies, he is passionate about innovative ideas that tackle big issues and fuel imagination. Oliver is currently working on a TV drama project based on a true story.
Producer Hannah Bush-Bailey
Hannah is a producer working across both film and television, developing a number of productions with emerging directors. Her latest short,Confetti Crowd,was funded by the Arts Council and executive produced by Fly Film. Three of her graduate films were nominated at the Royal Television Society Regional Student Television Awards with The Invisible Schoolwinning Best Factual. It was nominated for a national award of the same accolade and has screened at film festivals internationally. In May 2016 Hannah was selected to join BAFTA’s Guru Pro development programme for young and emerging filmmaking talent.
Watch the trailer for Last Leg.