ISHA Fiction / 15 mins/ UK / 2018
A film by Christopher Manning
A London Film School Production in Association with 198 Films
Rahmi, a Romanian immigrant living in England, creates a new life for himself while trying to keep up appearances with his Muslim family. Costars renowned Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern and Game of Thrones’ Lino Facioli alongside newcomer Hora Savescu as Rahmi.
Rahmi is a young Romanian Muslim man living in London with his mother and trouble-making younger brother Cemil. His mother runs a family home that recalls their roots near the Black Sea, and speaks Romanian with her sons. In the absence of their father, Rahmi is head of the family - and the bridge between the family's roots and their adopted home. But Rahmi has a secret. The double life he leads is catching up with him and soon he will discover that even the whitest of lies can shake him to the core.
'...moving, evocative drama.' FRAMELINE.
'...beautifully honest and strives for authenticity throughout.' David Opie, INTOMORE.
Audience Award, SICILIA QUEER, June 2019.
Special Mention, 100 AUTORI JURY, SICILIA QUEER, June 2019.
OFFICIAL SELECTION & NOMINATIONS:
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, October 2018. World Premiere.
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, January 2019. *Nominated 'Best British Short'*
BFI FLARE LONDON LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL, March 2019.
SICILIA QUEER, Queer Short Competition, International Premiere, May 2019. *Winner: Audience Award & Jury Special Mention*
KASHISH MUMBAI QUEER FILM FESTIVAL, South Asian Premiere, June 2019.
FRAMELINE, San Francisco Int. LGBT Film Festival, North American Premiere, June 2019.
OUTFEST, Los Angelos LGBTQ Film Festival, July 2019.
ENCOUNTERS, Short Film Festival, *Nominated 'Best UK Student Short'*
IN THE PALACE, Int. Short Film Festival, September 2019.
JAMIE Fiction / 9 mins / UK / 2016
A film by Christopher Manning
with Sebastian Christophers and Raphael Verrion
Jamie, a shy and quiet loner, lets loose his hopes and fears in an unexpected awakening when he meets Ben on a dating app.
'The delicate realism that infuses this short film pervades all its parts – dialogue, cinematography, acting – and creates an intimate and introspective work that talks about the fear of being honest with oneself, more than with others; and it does so quietly, looking into our eyes.' -Elena Saltarelli, Concorto Film Festival
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 2018. Official Selection.
Festival de Ciné de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain, 2017. Official Selection.
Shanghai Queer Film Festival, Shanghai, China, 2017. Official Selection.
Weiterstadt Queer Filmfest, Weiterstadt, Germany, 2017. Official Selection.
Tallgrass Film Festival, Wichita, Kansas, USA, 2017. Official Selection.
Vilnius LGBT Festival “KREIVĖS”, Vilnus, Lithuania, 2017. Official Selection.
Festival du Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, Quebec City, Canada, 2017. Official Selection.
Shorts Mexico – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Mexico, Mexico City, 2017. Official Selection.
Concorto Film Festival, Pontenure, Piacenza, Italy, 2017. Official Selection.
Revolution Me Film Festival, New York, NY, USA, 2017. Official Selection.
Molise Cinema Festival, Molise, Italy, 2017. Official Selection.
Indy Film Fest, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 2017. Official Selection.
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Durham, NC, USA, 2017. Official Selection.
Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017. Official Selection.
Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Ireland, 2017. Official Selection.
Buddha International Film Festival, Pune, Maharashtra, India, 2017. Official Selection.
Mix Festival Mexico City, 2017. Official Selection.
East End Film Festival, 2017. Official Selection.
BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival 2017 *SELECTED FOR THE #Fivefilms4freedom CAMPAIGN*
Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge, U.K. 2017
Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival 2017
London Short Film Festival 2017 - *NOMINATED BEST STUDENT SHORT*
Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival 2016 - Sardinia Queer Award Competition
Uppsala International Film Festival 2016 - Queer Fiction Program
TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival 2016 - Best Short Film Competition
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2016 - Best Narrative Short Competition *WINNER: ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD*
Queer Sicilia Film Fest 2016 - Queer Short Competition