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About the film

The story is set in a dystopian future, where two sisters must run for their lives across a hostile territory in order to find freedom from a threat that will stop at nothing to hunt them down.

From the director

"Zero was inspired by the plight of women and what is happening to many of them in the world right now.

At the beginning of 2014 many international and national stories highlighting injustice against women came into the public consciousness at one time.

Over 200 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria – their basic human rights continue to be exploited by those who have taken them.  Around the same time Miriam Ibrahim was found guilty of adultery and apostasy for marrying a Christian man in Sudan and sentenced to death – only to later be saved by international intervention. In India two teenage cousins were hanged from a tree as part of an alleged honour killing and suspected rape. And increasingly in the UK there were, and continue to be, revelations of historic sexual abuse against women and children.

I really wanted to write something as a response to what I was seeing. And to question the kind of world we want to live in now and in the future."

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Meet the team

Writer/Director Faye Gilbert


Faye Gilbert is a BAFTA nominated writer-director of several short films and broadcast documentaries, many of which explore the lives and motivations of young, troubled protagonists. Her latest BFI funded short film The Line – set in an altered reality where a teenage girl is forced to smuggle a young boy across a dangerous border – was premiered at Palm Springs in summer 2014. Over the years Faye has worked with many young people at risk of exclusion and within prisons enabling them to make films about their lives.

Producer Yaw Basoah


Yaw Basoah established Dark Pictures to create original and compelling, commercially driven films that explore the dark side of human nature. Yaw has produced a collection of short films that have been screened at national and international film festivals and has received funding from the BFI, Creative England, The Wellcome Trust and Vogue Magazine for his productions. In addition to Zero, Yaw is currently developing Fen Tigers through Creative England's iFeatures Scheme and has a slate of further projects in development.

Faye and Yaw met whilst on the Guiding Lights Scheme, where they were mentored by Danny Boyle and Alison Owen respectively. Zero is the filmmakers' third collaboration and their follow up feature to their BFI funded short film The Line.



The Line was a BFI funded short, an earlier collaboration between the team representing similar themes to that of Zero.


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