Laura faces an impossible choice when she discovers her twin’s memorial tree is dying.
When tree surgeon Laura discovers her twin sister’s commemorative oak is dying, she returns to their childhood home seeking the threads of connection. Here she must repair broken bonds with her estranged brother Joe before she can say goodbye to Eloise. The Arborist is a story about how painful, difficult and necessary it is to accept the death of a loved one – how grief stays with us and can reawaken. At these times, how do we learn to live with it again?
An original narrative short written and directed by BAFTA Cymru-winning director Clare Sturges, in association with BFI.Network, Ffilm Cymru Wales and BBC Wales. Produced by Keiran McGaughey at Like An Egg Productions. Starring Catrin Stewart and Rhodri Meilir, the film will screen at film festivals in 2020, and tx on BBC Wales. Shot on location in the Gower and Pontypridd, South Wales, across four days in May 2019.
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WRITER | DIRECTOR
Clare is an award-winning director drawn to intimate stories that speak to our shared humanity. Her filmmaking experience spans documentary, factual storytelling and shortform theatre. She has helped some of the world’s best-known brands to tell their stories as a freelance copywriter, scriptwriter and director. Her work has screened at international festivals including Ireland’s Oscar-qualifying Foyle Film Festival, Los Angeles Women’s Independent Film Festival, London’s East End Film Festival and the Women’s International Film Festival in Hollywood. It has found international distribution through ABC Australia, DVD release and iTunes. She is an Associate Member of BAFTA and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Clare is the recipient of a Diverse Cymru bursary in partnership with Screen Skills and the High-end TV Levy Fund and a private training grant to support her development as a director of scripted work. In 2015 Clare won the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award for her documentary Sexwork Love & Mr Right. In 2016 she won the BAFTA Cymru Short Film Award for My Brief Eternity, in collaboration with Like An Egg, which was nominated for awards at London Short Film Festival and the UK Film Festival. My Brief Eternity was longlisted for a British Independent Film Award in 2016 and the EE BAFTA for British Short Film 2017.
Keiran is co-founder and director of Like an Egg Productions. Founded in 2010 Like an Egg are a small passionate team of filmmakers proudly based in the South Wales Valleys. They specialise in telling engaging cinematic stories through online branded content. This includes campaigns for Welsh Government, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Macmillan Cancer Research. Over the years Like an Egg have achieved a reputation for making the impossible possible collaborating with other filmmakers. Keiran has produced projects in collaboration with award winning directors including Kieran Evans, Craig Roberts and Clare Sturges.
Keiran is graduate of the International Film School of Wales. Much of his most recent work has been factual based but 2020 marks a return to producing fiction films.
Laura Crawford – Catrin Stewart
Joe Crawford – Rhodri Meilir
Eloise May Crawford – Tori Lyons
Doctor – Nicholas McGaughey
Written and directed by Clare Sturges
Produced by Keiran McGaughey
Executive Producers Kimberley Warner for Ffilm Cymru Wales
Christina Macaulay for BBC Wales
Director of Photography – Christopher Jacobi
Production Designer – Grace Mahony
Costume Designer – Sarah Jane-Perez
Hair and Make Up Designer – Jodie Gibson
Casting Director – Hannah Marie Williams
1st Assistant Director – Emyr Rees
Editor – Chris McGaughey
Original Score – Samuel Barnes
Sound Designer – Nicholas Davies
Colourist – Rob Godwin
Flame Artist – Glenn Collict
Script Supervisor – Chiara Carbonara
2nd Assistant Directors – Ani Hoskins and Jordan Sheehy
Steadicam Operator – Tom Mcmahon
Clapper Loader – Tamsin Palmer
Gaffer – Russ Greening
Sound Recordist – Nicholas Davies and Bryn Duffy
Sound Special Effects – Rhys Young
DIT – Atlanta Swannack
Carpenter – Dave Clement
Transport – Steven Jevons
Unit Stills Photographer – Tom Sparey
Arborist Special Advisor – Jo Hedger
Title Design – Emily Merchant
Sound Design at Hoot Studios
Camera Equipment – Camera Movement
Lighting – Firebug Lighting
Flame Suite – Wordley
BFI.Network Wales Manager Alice Whittemore
Development Executive for BFI.Network Wales Gwenfair Hawkins
University of Wales Trinity St David
The Arboriculture Association
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Parc Le Breos
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Andrew Dean Sheppard
Ann Grove – White
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