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Tom Walker 'Heartland' by Ollie Wolf

David Knight - 10th Oct 2017

Ollie Wolf has created a beautifully-crafted short film for British singer-songwriter Tom Walker, exploring themes rippling through British society that have arguably been brought into sharper focus by Brexit.

Nathan Wright plays the man who, despite his own tough times, helps a desperate stranger - a East European woman escaping from slavery (played by Daniela Spataru). Their subsequent road trip touches on a darkness in England's heartland, made palpably real by some excellent performances and direction, and great photography by Nick Morris.

Ultimately Wolf delivers a sense of hope in the connection that develops between this unlikely couple, thrown together by fate and conscience. But it's certainly a grimly recognisable portrait of England now.
 

OLLIE WOLF:

“I’m not sure people realise that modern slavery exists in this country and although loosely implied, it was something I wanted to explore and shine a light on with this film.

"That, twinned with the concept of patriotism having a shelf life fascinated me. What would make the most British of British men lose respect and admiration for the country they were born in? This was my starting point for Heartland and the road trip of this unlikely couple grew organically from there.”

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Ollie Wolf
Producer
Ben Swift at Beautiful Productions
Production Company
Executive Producer
Katie Dolan
1st AD
Mike Hogan

Camera

Director of Photography
Nick Morris

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Jade Kewley
Make-up
Sarah Haines

Casting

Lead actor
Nathan Wright
Lead actor
Daniela Spataru

Editorial

Editor
Leila Sarraf
Editing company

Grading

Colourist
Nick Dalby

VFX

VFX
Rich Greenwood
Post production company
UNIT

Commission

Commissioner
Lisa Foo
Commissioner
Hannah Colson
Label
Relentless Records

Misc

Make-up Assistant
Janine Gregson
Sound
Jamie Thomas

Other credits

Wardrobe Assistants

Eleanor Doyle, Daniel Malcom

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