About the film
Outgrown is a story of love, lust and friendship between two troubled young men both looking for acceptance in a hedonistic but often lonely city.
Andre comes to London for searching for a new start, where he meets Benny, a young gay model who lives a double life of fashion and parties, alongside the grit and freedom of a London squat. Benny and Andre become friends, identifying in each other an energy and lust for life.
Benny introduces Andre to his world of fast friends, sugar daddies and parties. He teaches him to live off his wits and his youth in a world that is obsessed with surface beauty. Andre starts to see the flaws in Benny’s rationale for life and eventually, brutally breaks away from him and his control.
From the director
"Outgrown is a film about London, youth and the human desire to be loved. The characters are inspired by young people we have met and spent time with, and the incidents are inspired by their struggle to find their place in the world. Our goal is to create a complex, realistic and tender portrayal of London’s youth and to reach out to millennials who, like our characters, are in search of genuine connection and a place to belong.
Outgrown will be a character and performance-driven film. The aim of the script, cinematography and sound will be to bring performance to the fore. Research during the development process will ensure that the characters feel realistic and contemporary. However, we will also aim to achieve cinematic beauty that reflects the warmth and sensuality of youth. The director’s goal will be to find this perfect balance between realism and style."
Meet the team
Director Jay Choi
Jay was born in South Korea, spent most of her childhood in Sydney, Australia, and moved to London in 2006 to study acting at RADA. After graduating in 2009, she worked for three years in London as an actress across film and theatre. In 2011 she took part in the Royal Court Theatre’s writers’ programme and wrote her first short film, Red Reflections. After the film’s completion in 2013 she directed the play Melodrama, which was nominated for best director and won 2nd prize at the 34th Korean Workers’ Art Festival. In 2014 Jay directed the play Love is Burning and her second short film, Contact Point. In 2015 she moved to Berlin, where she worked as an assistant director and directed the portrait film The Travellers. Jay is currently directing her fourth short film.
Writer Clare Sumi
Clare Sumi was brought up in London in an English-Japanese family. She studied English Literature & Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, going on to do an MA in Text and Performance at RADA and Kings College. In 2011 Clare took part in the Unheard Voices Programme at the Royal Court where she wrote her first short Nighthawks, a play set in a Chinese restaurant. This won Dim Sum Nights, an evening of short plays performed by Yellow Earth Theatre, which then did a national tour across the UK. Clare was invited back to the Royal Court to take part in the Studio Group, for which she wrote a second short, Automat, which again went on the Yellow Earth Theatre tour. Since then Clare has been creative lead at KidZania, creating immersive role-play scripts for children. She continues to write short stories, poetry, and her first feature film.
Producer Kyle Blanshard
Kyle was born in Australia and studied at The Victorian College of Arts, School of Film and Television. Since moving to London over ten years ago Kyle has gathered a list of production credits from features through to television, commercials and music videos, both in the UK and abroad. After spending time in the development team at Warp Films, Kyle co-produced the first feature film from director Alexandra McGuinness, Lotus Eaters (2011). The film went on to great success, screening at various film festivals including London Film Festival and Tribeca, before being released commercially. Since 2012 Kyle has been the Head of Development and Production at Gramafilm overseeing a variety of projects. He also continues to develop new projects both short form and feature length for Apparent Films.
Watch the short Contact Point.