The Lossen

In the dead of night an other-worldly visitor forces a successful business woman in the final moments of her life, to confront her lost dream before it's too late.

  • Colin Skevington
    Director
    Our Secret World, Unbeatable, Last Licks
  • Colin Skevington
    Writer
    Our Secret World, Unbeatable, Last Licks
  • Colin Skevington
    Producer
    Our Secret World, Unbeatable, Last Licks
  • Linda Marlowe
    Key Cast
    "Sylvia Cappleman"
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (movie); The House of Mirth; Houdini (TV-Series)
  • Sean Knopp
    Key Cast
    "The Lossen"
    Doctor Who; The Bible; 24: Live Another Day
  • Albert Welling
    Key Cast
    "The Assistant"
    Succession (HBO), Outlander, Taboo; Doctor Who; Endeavour,
  • Tom Linden
    Music
    Brotherhood, The Anomaly, The Hooligan Factory, Urban Hymn, Legacy, Chicken and Scottish Mussel.
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 8, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival USA - Vortex Grand Award Winner
    Rhode Island
    United States
    October 26, 2018
    World Premiere
    Grand Award Best Fantasy Short
  • WorldFest Houston USA - Gold Remi Award
    Houston
    United States
    Gold Remi Award
  • Vienna Independent Film Festival - Best Art Direction Award
    Vienna
    Austria
    July 10, 2019
    Best Art Direction
  • Silver State Film Festival, USA - Grand Prize Best Narrative Short
    Las Vegas
    United States
    September 7, 2019
    Regional
    Grand Prize Best Narrative Short
  • New Hope Film Festival
    New Hope
    United States
    July 31, 2021
    Jury Prize Best Short, Jury Prize Best Director
  • Global Non Violent Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 23, 2021
    Jury Award Best Director Colin Skevington, Best Music Tom Linden, Best Cinematography Hatti Beanland
  • Indiefilmopolis Film Festival
    Birmingham
    United Kingdom
    February 27, 2022
    Jury Award for Best Fantasy Short and Best Sound. Nominated - Best Actress Linda Marlowe, Best Writer Colin Skevington, Best Score Tom Linden, Best Cinematography Hatti Beanland
  • FilmQuest - 2 Nominations
    Provo, Utah
    United States
    September 11, 2019
    Nomination Best Fantasy Short, Sean Knopp, Best Actor
  • Oaxaca FilmFest - Finalist
    Oaxaca
    Mexico
    October 23, 2019
    Finalist
  • Magma Film Festival
    Hawaii
    United States
    December 16, 2022
    5 nominations - Best Film, Best Fantasy, Best Actress, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects.
  • Regina International Film Festival
    Regina
    Canada
    August 16, 2019
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Reedy Reels Film Festival
    Grenville South Carolina
    United States
    November 3, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Mesa International Film Festival
    Mesa, Arizona
    United States
    October 19, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Marina del Rey Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 23, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Southside Film Festival
    Bethlehem, Pennsylviania
    United States
    June 12, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Four Corners Film Festival
    Farmington, New Mexico
    United States
    September 12, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Colin Skevington

Colin Skevington is a UK based writer and director who has been making films since he was a teenager. His first professional role was as a runner working on a series of horror films in Australia. Back in the UK he worked on a number of television dramas for HTV and Channel Four.

He went on to work as the head of the film unit for a major UK-based charity, producing corporate, campaigning and promotional films as well as wildlife documentaries. He has created several television formats including In the Dark hosted by Julian Clary, which piloted with ITV in the UK and sold to 39 territories and wrote scripts for the BBC2 entertainment show 'Full House' with Francine Stock, Simon Callow and John Sessions.

Colin started Moon Watcher in 2006 and has since worked for a range of commissioning bodies. He has become known for producing hard-hitting and thought provoking social issue dramas including 'Unbeatable'; 'Our Secret World' and 'Last Licks'.

'The Lossen' reflects Colin’s love for telling a challenging story.

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Director Statement

The inspiration for The Lossen came whilst I was researching a documentary about the differences in attitudes towards death in the East and West. Sadly in the West death is still a taboo subject and most people want to avoid any thought of the inevitable.

The opening scene of the The Lossen came to me as a daydream. I could see the imposing figure of the Grim Reaper, scythe in hand, walking down the path of an impressive, old country house. It raps on the door awakening Sylvia, a woman in her 70s and in the final moments of her life, but this Reaper is not what we expect and so The Lossen an agent of death appears.

This dramatic opening scene gave me the perfect opportunity to write a script that would begin a journey to turn our view of death on its head and show us a possibility of what could be, but in an entertaining and gripping way. It reflects one of the key themes of the film; that death is not what we think it is.

With an interest in the supernatural since childhood and a belief that life continues after death, this was a perfect story for me to explore, bringing together the natural and supernatural worlds, embodied in the characters of the ever-present Sylvia and the mysterious Lossen, an attractive, confident, yet other worldly young man.

As the story unfolds there is a complication with Sylvia's passing, she has not fulfilled her dream, despite living a life of material success. Sylvia has deeply buried and suppressed the one thing her heart desired; a revelation that may hit home to many of us.

All storytelling is a journey to enlightenment, a discovery of something that is missing within us. As a writer and director I want to entertain and connect emotionally with an audience through a character’s journey. To give an audience the opportunity to reflect on their own lives is the ultimate reward as a film maker.

The Lossen, along with his weary Assistant, metaphorically drags Sylvia kicking and screaming on her journey using his supernatural “tools” to push her to the limit and face her demons. Inevitably she is taken to the very foundation of what caused her to drift from her heart’s desire.

The relationship between the Lossen and Sylvia is a battle of wits, he with his arrogance and relentlessness to achieve his goal against her feisty and incessant resistance. It makes for a powerful on-screen conflict and reflects the resistance in us all to change and drift from our passions. The film begs the question, whose life are we living?

The Lossen combines fear with humour, quirkiness and deep emotional revelations, all in a magical yet real context.

I believe that we have a knowingness in our hearts about our journey in life and making this film is certainly helping me to realise my own dreams. If we lived without fear we could be a greater version of ourselves.

Colin Skevington
Director - The Lossen.