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.


“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.”

• FreedomUnited are a charity that are helping to end modern slavery: donate here 

PRO Credits


DirectorOllie Wolf
ProducerBen Swift at Beautiful Productions
Production CompanyCaviar
Executive ProducerKatie Dolan
1st ADMike Hogan
Director of PhotographyNick Morris
Make-upSarah Haines
Make-up AssistantJanine Gregson
WardrobeJade Kewley
Post production companyUNIT
ColouristNick Dalby
VFXRich Greenwood
SoundJamie Thomas
EditorLeila Sarraf
Editing companyTrim Editing
CommissionerLisa Foo
CommissionerHannah Colson
LabelRelentless Records
Lead actorNathan Wright
Lead actorDaniela Spataru
Other creditsWardrobe Assistants: Eleanor Doyle, Daniel Malcom

David Knight - 10th Oct 2017

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