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2016-17 slate

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About the film

Liam is meant to be in Norfolk for the week  but he's planning to stay a little longer. Working as a private tutor to a family from another world, he begins to doubt the limits of what he might do to secure his place among them. But who is Liam really? Is anything he's saying actually true?

Borderline is a psychological thriller about a young man who lies his way into a family in search of unconditional love. It is about a family, living on its own myth, reflected in the eyes of the stranger who will leave it fighting for survival.

From the director

"Borderline is a contained, character-led, psychological thriller about truth, lies and the grey area between the two. It tells the story of young man who has always coped by lying, as he manipulates his way into a family in search of their love and acceptance. We will see the extents to which he will go to avoid being uncovered, and the ways he nonetheless can’t help but reveal his true self. 

In Borderline, we root for a morally compromised character and yet fear what he may do. I would like to tell a story that is visceral and suspenseful but rooted in emotional authenticity, and which explores the ways in which we all dissemble."

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Meet the team


Director Alice Seabright

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Alice's last film, Pregnant Pause, was made through Film London's London Calling scheme, and premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016. She is currently developing film and TV projects, including feature script Out of Mind which won the 2016 Shore Scripts screenwriting competition. Her first short film, Dream Girl, won a Virgin Media Award in 2012, and screened in Picturehouse cinemas across the UK for a year. Aside from working on her own projects, Alice has worked in Development at Heyday Films and Brilliant Films. She is represented by Curtis Brown. 




Writer Miles Mantle

Miles has developed scripts at the Royal Court Theatre, where he was a member of the Young Writers Programme and Studio Invitation Group. Last year his short play Control was staged at the Arcola Theatre, directed by Robert Wolstenholme. His short film Jonah, directed by Giles Lovell Wilson, is currently in post-production. A three-hander ghost story for two actors, it stars Bill Milner and Dylan Smith. Miles is represented by Curtis Brown.





Producer Merlin Merton

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Merlin Merton started off as a freelance producer on music videos for the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, before setting up Blue Shadows Films. He produced Wasp, distributed across eight territories and picked up by US Netflix, and most recently Butterfly Kisses. His executive credits include 10,000 Saints, starring Ethan Hawke, which premiered at Sundance; Wild Oats with director Andy Tennant; and Love Is Thicker Than Water, due for release in 2017. Along with his slate of features, Merlin has also been on the BAFTA Rocliffe panel for the New Writer’s Competition.




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