About the film
Maxine is overworked and under pressure. Her marriage is unstable, her daughter's agoraphobia is getting worse and her mother in law's Alzheimer's is now life threatening. Maxine desperately needs support but can't get it. She forces her husband Henry to take action but he has his own battles to tackle, and deceitful ways of tackling them.
Henry calls a family meeting where some urgent decisions need to be made to determine his mother's future. As the family get their grievances off their chests, the pressure builds, their true feelings are revealed and everyone’s coping mechanisms are pushed to their limits, resulting in explosive and dangerous fallouts. Can Maxine unite her family again or is the damage too great?
From the director
"Divided examines how families deal with crisis, interact with one another when forced to make difficult decisions and how we as individuals cope under pressure. It looks at the masks we create to hide our pain, shortcomings and how we show the world the version of ourselves we'd prefer them to know. Discovering others have weaknesses can make us feel better about ourselves.
I will be examining the layers of these characters, their situations, interactions and private moments. Divided will knit the emotion and rawness of films like Fences (Denzel Washington) and What's Love Got to Do with It (Brian Gibson) with the aesthetic and realness of films like Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
I want to take the audience on a rollercoaster of a journey through the whole gamut of human emotions. We will achieve this using bold cinematography, stylistic editing, extraordinary sound design and raw performances."
Meet the team
Writer/Director Rayna Campbell
Rayna's first feature film was Lapse of Honour, starring Lady Leshurr, which Rayna also wrote and produced. It was selected for the Breakthrough Section at the Film London 2015 London Screenings. The film screened at numerous film festivals including Dinard Film Festival, The Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, Avvantura Film Festival, Croatia (where it won the Special Mention Prize), The Black International Film Festival, Birmingham, Festival of Black International Cinema, Berlin, Keswick Film Festival, as well as being selected as the opening film of the British Urban Film Festival. The film has been selected for special screenings such as British Film week in Rennes and Reflecting Cities in Amsterdam. Rayna was recently selected for the Filmonomics training scheme run by Bird's Eye View. As a writer Rayna has developed work with BBC, Granada and LA Productions. Rayna is represented by Nick Marston at Curtis Brown.
Producer Sue Caro
Sue is a creative with an extensive career in broadcasting and independent production, and also a diversity specialist. She began her TV career in news; highlights included directing the live coverage of Mandela’s release from prison, having previously produced a short biographical film about Winnie Mandela. She then worked as Assistant Editor, Factual Programmes at Channel 4, moving on to run the Big Issue Film Unit where she developed and produced a six-part series for LWT. Whilst at the BBC, Sue produced a number of short films, training materials and events including the CDN Diversity Awards. Sue is also a Patron of BUFF, the British Urban Film Festival. Her diversity work includes projects for the UNDP, Council of Europe and the Thomson Foundation. Sue taught on the University of Westminster’s unique Media & Diversity MA for five years.
Producer Audrey Davenport
Audrey has produced for over ten years in the US, UK and Europe. Having originally trained as a photographer, she then progressed into production and now has an extensive background in advertising, music, documentaries, TV and short films. She has worked with the majority of US, UK and European broadcasters, produced hundreds of photographic and commercial campaigns, several factual documentaries for festival/cinema and TV release, fashion films for Anya Hindmarch and Versace, and music promos or live concerts for global artists including U2, London Grammar, PJ Harvey and Kasabian. Audrey has also recently executive produced a six-part TV series in Rio.
Watch the trailer for Lapse of Honour.