Dir. Jassa Ahluwalia | 2020 | 16 mins
STEFAN ALLESCH-TAYLOR PRESENTS a watersmeet production 'near' jassa ahluwalia and amy lennox
music by oliver patrice wider, make-up and hair designer beth fletcher, editor Riccardo Bacigalupo
Production DEsigner CAmille Etchart, director of photography matthew j smith
executive producers Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Esther Paterson and Neville Pierce
Executive producer Nick Giles, Produced by Alastair Mavor and Jack Holden
written by Cristian Solimeno, Directed and Produced by Jassa Ahluwalia
Written by Cristian Solimeno, NEAR depicts a young couple sharing fragile moments of intimacy, as they struggle to connect with reality, and each other.
“NEAR is a portrait of intimacy. I hope it draws audiences deep into its delicate heart, prompting reflection on the difficulties of being close to others. A quietly resonant film for all who have ever loved.” - Jassa Ahluwalia. Jassa also stars in the film, alongside Olivier nominee Amy Lennox.
HEART'S EASE, Jassa’s writer-director debut short film, won two Best Film awards during its festival run, and was an official selection at San Diego International Film Festival and the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival. Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz described it as “an accomplished piece of film-making”
NEAR is produced by Jassa and Watersmeet Productions - consisting 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.
NEAR is executive produced by Neville Pierce, Esther Paterson and Stefan Allesch-Taylor - the executive producing team behind HEART'S EASE - and by Nick Giles, who was executive producer on BLOOD OUT OF A STONE.
NEAR will be available to stream soon.
R&D of a new play by Gemma Lawrence | 2020
In Summer 2020, Watersmeet Productions will produce a presentation of Gemma Lawrence's debut play SUNDOWN at Shoreditch Town Hall.
More details coming soon...
BLOOD OUT OF A STONE
Dir. Ben Allen | 2017 | 14 mins
Written and Directed by Ben Allen, Director of Photography Rory Langdon Down,
Costume Design by Izzet Ers, Makeup Design by Evie Kelleher, Edited by Matteo Fadda, with music by Waterson.
Associate Producer Mehmet Eryılmaz, Executive Producer FletcheR Williams, Executive Producer Nick Giles
Dan and Michael are meeting up for a date with a difference. Michael has set a challenge to test their first impressions of each other. But Dan is out of his comfort zone; he isn't used to dates requiring such vulnerability. Set against the backdrop of Central and East London, BLOOD OUT OF A STONE explores the modern dating scene, gay identity and loneliness. This intimate story of almost connections asks why we sometimes deny ourselves the happy ending we so crave...
BLOOD OUT OF A STONE premiered at BFI Flare 2018, then played at Leeds Queer Film Festival, Inside Out (Toronto LGBT Film Festival), New Renaissance Film Festival, London (Nominated for Best Debut Director), North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Way OUT West Film Fest, Albuquerque, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Mix Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival.