Young Manchester filmmaker Sam Jones has today released his latest short film LIFELINE online, for free, for the very first time.
Funded by the prestigious British Film Institute’s ‘most promising filmmaker under 25’ grant, the 10-minute film, written and directed by 17-year old Jones has played film festivals worldwide, including the Rhode Island International Film Festival – an Oscar qualifying event – as well as the recent BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival 2017.
Commenting on the film, Jones said:
“Without giving away any plot spoilers, LIFELINE follows a woman who finds herself in a desperate situation and is forced to do something drastic to provide her son with one final lifeline. It’s a film about how far someone will go for the people they love. But it’s also about the power of the ultimate selflessness, as uncovered at the end of the film.
Inspired by a conversation I had with my mum, it took six months to write LIFELINE alongside studying for my A Levels. It was all filmed in Manchester, UK, in the restored Victorian swimming pool, Victoria Baths, which was more recently used in the BBC’s Peaky Blinders.
The film was possibly my biggest challenge yet. There was a fantastic cast and crew of 40 people who all helped make the film possible. I loved seeing it all come together on set – from writing the script at home to seeing it become a reality on set – it was so surreal for me. I really admire the work of Danny Boyle – I think the way he crafts his stories is fantastic, utilising the power of film at every moment.”
LIFELINE premiered in front of more than 400 people at the NFT1 BFI Southbank cinema, the home of British Cinema, last year before playing at film festivals in the USA, Belgium and the UK.
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