About the film
White Night is the story of Tom, a disillusioned composer suffering from chronic insomnia who returns to his hometown London many years after running away as a teenager. When he is diagnosed with a rare sleeping disease and given only months to live, Tom is forced to confront his past and the loneliness of his present. As he falls in love with an idealistic sleep doctor and reconnects with his childhood best friend, he rediscovers the beauty in life at the moment he is losing it, somewhere between his dreams and reality.
From the director
"White Night is an intimate story that that embraces life and showcases both the sweetness and the sadness of an ordinary man coming to terms with a peculiar sleeping sickness. Full of colourful charm, the narrative moves between dreams and reality as our main character rediscovers who he is and finds love. It is a tough but inspiring struggle, and one where laughter and warmth bring hope and beauty to the lives of our characters. This will be a life affirming film that celebrates the power of the human imagination and spirit in difficult situations."
Meet the team
Director Geoff Bellhouse
Born in London 1984, Geoff began his film career at the Septima Ars Film School in Madrid, Spain. He studied direction for a year, before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in Filmmaking at The London Film School. In 2012 Geoff was selected to participate in the European Short Pitch Scheme hosted by NISI MASA. He was also an alumnus of the 10th Berlinale Talent Campus. So far Geoff's works have been screened at festivals across Europe, including a BIFA nomination. His latest short film ANITA, supported by Film London, screened at the 57th BFI London Film Festival as well as Encounters 2014. In 2015 Geoff is taking part in adaptlab – a yearlong writing programme run by the Torino Film Lab focusing on adaptation. Currently working as a freelance director and screenwriter for music video, documentaries and fiction, he is in development of his first feature script.
Screenwriter Charlotte Wolf
Charlotte Wolf is a London-based freelance drama development researcher and script reader for film and television. She has worked for Lookout Point, Raw, Blueprint Pictures and Euston Films. Charlotte studied English Literature at the University of Oxford and Princeton and has since travelled and worked in the US, Canada and the UK. She volunteers with the charity Purple Field Productions and in 2014 travelled to Sierra Leone to teach a course in screenwriting to a group of young filmmakers. Charlotte’s short film Boy, starring Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank), will premiere at the London Short Film Festival in 2016. She is also completing a short documentary about a retiring prostitute, Sally, and as a writer is developing several feature and TV drama series scripts. Charlotte is represented by Olivia Gray at Independent Talent.
Producer Chris Hees
Chris Hees is a BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated producer and alumni of the prestigious National Film and Television School. Chris has experience in both live action and animation short films, and is currently developing a slate of feature films through his company Bridge Way Ltd. He also has a first look deal with broadcast factual company CTVC, where he works within development and heads animation projects. Chris’s BAFTA-winning animation, The Bigger Picture, along with his live action short, How I Didn’t Become A Piano Player, have racked up over 200 festival screenings and 50 awards between them and they continue to perform well internationally. Chris is now pushing his feature film development work. His slate includes a mixture of films with micro and high-end budgets, each being packaged together to suit their position within the international film market.
Watch ANITA, directed by Geoff Bellhouse