Tom Walker 'Heartland' by Ollie Wolf
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
|Producer||Ben Swift at Beautiful Productions|
|Executive Producer||Katie Dolan|
|1st AD||Mike Hogan|
|Director of Photography||Nick Morris|
|Make-up Assistant||Janine Gregson|
|Post production company||UNIT|
|Editing company||Trim Editing|
|Lead actor||Nathan Wright|
|Lead actor||Daniela Spataru|
|Other credits||Wardrobe Assistants: Eleanor Doyle, Daniel Malcom|
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