September 2018


Press Release: Jassa Ahluwalia builds upon the enormous success of his debut short HEART’S EASE to direct and star in NEAR - a new short from writer Cristian Solimeno.


Jassa Ahluwalia - Actor, Director and Writer - will build upon the huge success of his debut short HEART’S EASE by directing NEAR, a stunning portrait of intimacy from Cristian Solimeno. Ahluwalia’s bravely and beautifully realised debut, HEART’S EASE, premiered at The Short Cinema, Leicester International Short Film Festival 2018 - where it won BEST FILM - with further festival appearances lined up, including San Diego International Film Festival this October.  


Ahluwalia - whose acting credits include PEAKY BLINDERS (BBC Two), SOME GIRLS (BBC Three) and UNFORGOTTEN (ITV) -  will also star in NEAR as Robbie, a young urban professional carrying dark clouds with him. Olivier nominee Amy Lennox - seen in SHETLAND for ITV and across West End stages in smash hits Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots - will play Hannah, a photographer forever bottling moments of beauty and searching for her stepfather. The couple connect and wound each other with considered carelessness, in a keenly observed and aesthetically beautiful portrait of intimacy in relationships.


Cristian Solimeno - Actor, Writer, Director and Photographer - pens this subtle and subversive story. His genre defying feature film, I MADE THIS FOR YOU, received universal acclaim following its world premiere at the East End Film Festival 2018 in association with mental health charity Calm. His previous short films have won major awards at prestigious festivals, including the Academy Award qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival. 


NEAR will be produced by Watersmeet Productions - made up of Producers Jack Holden and Alastair Mavor. Watersmeet’s first film, BLOOD OUT OF A STONE, received its premiere at BFI Flare 2018 before playing at 6 further international festivals. It was nominated for Best Debut at London’s New Renaissance Film Festival 2018. It will be distributed by Peccadillo Pictures in late 2018.


NEAR is Executive Produced by Neville Pierce, Esther Paterson and Stefan Allesch-Taylor - who were also Executive Producers on Heart’s Ease.


NEAR will shoot in early January 2019.

Editor’s Notes




Written by Cristian Solimeno

Directed by Jassa Ahluwalia

Starring Jassa Ahluwalia and Amy Lennox

Produced by Jack Holden and Alastair Mavor for Watersmeet Productions.

Executive Producers: Neville Pierce, Esther Paterson and Stefan Allesch-Taylor.



Jassa Ahluwalia’s website:

Agent info: Will Hollinshead at Independent Talent

40 Whitfield Street

London W1T 2RH

+44 (0)20 7636 6565



For further information please contact Jack Holden

+44 7985 271944


Agent info: Lindy King and Jennifer Thomas at United Agents