House Shorts

Isabel Anderton

Babington House

Kate Ogborn of Fly Film said of Isabel’s House Short treatment:

‘Isabel has created a moving story and convincing characters within a two minute Short. Good use of location and very original response to the theme’.

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a writer/director with three short films under my belt, two funded through UKFC’s Digital Shorts/Shorts Plus. ‘Young Offender’ won the ITV Short Film Award at Encounters and has screened internationally at numerous festivals. Over the last few years I have been concentrating on writing features. I was mentored by screenwriter Abi Morgan for a year which was really great and improved my writing immensely.

When and why did you get into film?

I originally trained as an archaeologist and whilst working as a researcher for archaeology documentaries, I realised I wanted to make films. I’ve always loved writing… so I started writing and making drama.

What’s your short film about and where did you get the inspiration from?

‘Plongeur’ is a stand-alone story but I’ve incorporated two characters, based on real people that I interviewed for my current feature script. The guy (an ex-alcoholic) once had a job as a kitchen porter but he had bigger dreams…

Which scene are you most looking forward to filming/which scene will be the hardest to film?

The conversation during a snatched cigarette break is the heart of my story. Getting the tone right, and getting it in under two minutes, will be my biggest challenge.

What would it mean to you to win House Shorts 2012?

Recently, I’ve nearly-but-not-quite got my hands on film funding a few times, shortlisted twice for iFeatures/BBC feature film fund and Channel 4’s ‘Coming Up’… Always the bridesmaid… I’d like to win House Shorts and get to be the bride for the day.

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