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A short film by Koby Adom detailing the lives of two foster sisters and their experiences with sexual abuse.
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Closure

Closure is a film that aims to shine the light on the struggles faced by victims of child sexual abuse.

The short film tells the story of two young women, Annabelle and Bene, who were sexually abused in their foster home as children. As a result of their traumatic experiences that they both shared, the young women form a sisterly bond as their coping mechanism. Despite the success in their adult lives, the film follows their endeavour to gain a sense of closure from their past.

Funding

In order to fulfil this project, we will require funding for:

- Locations

- Equipment  

- Expenses for cast and crew  

- Marketing  

The Cast:

Adelayo Adedayo - Bene

Adelayo is an established actress in the UK film, tv and theatre industries. During her theatre career, Adelayo has made a number of appearances in plays which include The Dead Wait at the Park Theatre and Rachel at the Finborough Theatre. Her TV acting debut dates back to 2007 with her first appearance in a tough British drama called The Bill. Other Television shows include her most recent role as Viva in the BBC Three Comedy Series, Some Girls; which has been recognised by various outlets such as The Daily Mirror, The Stage (online) and Comedian Jimmy Mulville. Under her arsenal of TV shows include, Law and Order & Skins.

Adelayo has returned to feature in many eminent films after debuting in Sket (2011). Her body of work includes Unlocked, Jet Trash, London Fields and Gone Too Far (2013). Already boasting an extensive profile in the UK film and tv industry, Adelayo contributes to the upcoming Short Film Closure as Bene and is looking forward to being a part of this great project.

Eliza Bennett - Bridget

Eliza trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she gained a 2:1 in Acting. Since graduating she has established a professional acting career on british TV starring in shows such as Cardinal Burns and Waking the Dead. Amongst a number of credits, she is probably best known for her role as Mark's sister, Sarah, in Peep Show which won a BAFTA in 2008 for best sit com.

Over the years, Eliza has been inspired by a number of talents that have positively influenced her career and paved a path for her acting journey. She considers herself very fortunate for having worked with a number of very artistic people all of whom have taught and helped her a lot to develop her craft.

She is excited to play Bridget in this short film closure because of the complexity of her character. Watch out for an amazing performance from her!

Brian Carter - Douglas

Brian is a talented and well-experienced actor who began his journey at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama graduating in 1971. Initially, he worked mostly as an actor in Regional Rep, West End and TV and occasionally directing on the London Fringe. In 1979 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Adeline Genee Theatre in East Grinstead and also directed at Leeds Playhouse as a guest and Bristol’s Old Vic. In 1985 he moved to New York, directing in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre, cabaret in Manhattan and also at Sarah Lawrence College where he was also on the Drama Faculty.

In 2001 he returned to the UK and joined the full-time drama faculty at City Lit. Shortly before he retired from City Lit in 2013, he played ‘Kent’ in Sir Jonathan Miller’s production of King Lear for the CL Theatre Company. In the last 18 months he has made several short films, including The Downstairs Room and Like Father Like Son (playing the ‘Father’ in both). Brian's feature film portfolio includes The Last Superheroes (playing ‘Mayor Brown’) and an upcoming Bollywood production which cannot be disclosed yet. He is also currently filming two features; Parallel and later this year Kindred Spirits playing ‘Vicar’. 

Brian is very pleased to be playing the less than pleasant ‘Douglas’ in this short film “Closure” and is looking forward to working with the rest of the cast and crew.

Nicholette Quartey - Annabelle  

Nicholette hasn't had any film training however she is bursting with potential. Having been involved in a web series in the past which peaked at 300,000 viewers on youtube she is transitioning into the world of film. Her greatest asset is her natural energy  which shines through her performance.

By surrounding herself with creatives, she has managed to gain a first-hand experience within the film industry, whilst positively using her talents. With this being her short film debut, we are all excited to show the world what we have been seeing during the rehearsals. You are all in for a nice surprise!

The Crew

Director - Koby Adom

Koby is a student at the London Film School, 6th best international film school in the world according to The Hollywood Reporter. Starting out as a cinematographer, Koby has worked on a lot of projects  in the film industry as a DoP and other roles in the camera department especially camera operating, namely a short film called His Fathers Son (2014) which has been shortlisted to be screened at Cannes.

During his time at film school, Koby has picked up a passion for script writing and directing and has started off by making a documentary called Deborah's Letter (2014). The documentary is currently being considered for AFI Doc Fest, Sheffield Doc Fest, Palm Springs, Edinburgh and many more. Following the success of this film, Koby has been branded as 'one to watch' by the London Film School on their social media pages.

He is now looking forward to making this film as he is passionate about it and is happy with the crew and the cast that has been assembled. He promises to make an unforgettable short so you should all be excited.

Writer: Abraham Adeyemi


Abraham Adeyemi is a screenwriter and playwright. In his stories, his desire lies in always creating a believable experience for an audience whilst exploring challenging subject matters. In doing this, his ambitions are to consistently engross and call into question the audiences’ perspective without necessarily enforcing a perspective of his own. To put it simply: he presents questions and explores, without imposing, answers.

Previous credits include short film Therapy, selected for a number of festivals, including the BFI Future Film Festival. Stage credits include short plays True Colours and Mine, the latter of which was the winner of the audience award at New Heritage Scratch Night. Previous feature film commissions include feature film #73 which wasn't produced and a rewrite of upcoming feature film Alone.

Adeyemi continues to develop a number of screenplays, as well as a prospective theatre production for later in 2015. He cannot wait to see how closure comes to life after months of development with the director. 

Cinematographer: Matthew Muscat Drago
 
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Matthew has been working in the Maltese film industry for the past 4 years being part of numerous productions ranging from commercials to short and feature length films as a member of the camera department and also a Director of Photography. Recently, Matthew concluded various small film projects in London. He is passionate about lighting and camera operating to create cinematic images that support the narrative through visual storytelling.

Risks and challenges

Objectives:

- Getting enough funding to proceed with the production of this film..

- Accessing industry standard equipment for the production value to remain high.

- Paying travel expenses to all crew and cast.

Risks:

- Shooting the film in under a month.

- Screening the film before June/July. However, the director has previously screened a film at the Genesis cinema at Whitechapel and they are aware of a planned screening in May/June.

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