Exeter-based filmmaker David Salas will have his short film Uncomfortable screened at a Totnes Cinema from Friday, December 3 to Thursday, December 9 after winning SHOOT, the Totnes Short Film Festival.
Writen and directed by David, Uncomfortable is a moving and thought-provoking depiction of the emotional upheaval experienced by an elderly man as he comes to terms with the loss of his wife and his own loneliness.
The inspiration for the film is loosely based on several true stories. David said: ‘It was very personal for many of the people involved and we all brought our experiences together to create the film.
‘Bringing a powerful and emotive story about old age to the forefront is especially important as it is so often ignored in our culture.’
The SHOOT Short Film Festival is held in September each year and features films that have been either made in or inspired by Devon and Cornwall. Shortlisted entries are screened at The Dartington Hall Trust’s Barn Cinema, which organises the annual event, and the Barrel House in Totnes. The audience votes for their favourite film and the winning film is then shown at the Barn Cinema for a week alongside a studio released feature film.
This year’s winner screens alongside uplifting French film My Afternoons With Marguerite, starring GÃ©rard Depardieu.
We’re also told that Uncomfortable explores some of the themes raised by The Dartington Hall Trust’s Abundant Life project which aims to develop an innovative new model of living for older people and influence a cultural shift in the way society thinks about older age.
Celia Atherton, director of Social Justice at Dartington and leader of the Abundant Life project, told D+CFilm: ‘Uncomfortable takes us through a range of emotions in just 15 minutes -from irritation, to concern, fear, incomprehension, sympathy and ultimately to a realisation of how the journey toward the end of life challenges us all.
“The film illustrates why communities like the Abundant Life project will be so vital in helping people maintain independent, active lives, while making sure that care and support is always available. Congratulations to David on creating such a well-made, thought-provoking and timely film.’
To book tickets or find out more about Uncomfortable visit the Dartington Ban site or call the box office on 01803 847070.
(image: Production Still by Chris Babidge, featuring Stephen Webber)