THE FILMS 

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.

It is distributed by Peccadillo Pictures, and can be bought here, and streamed on the BFI Player.

 NEAR 

Dir. Jassa Ahluwalia | 2019

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 is currently in post-production, and will be ready for audiences in May 2019!