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Abuse is all around us, where do you fit in?

Swing is an abstract , stylized dark comedy about abuse. In this short film, escalating abuse is depicted in familiar situations, highlighting how accustomed we have become as both the victims and perpetrators.

  • Natacha Horn
  • Sarah Xanthe
  • Jenny Kondol
  • Tanita Tikaram
  • Natacha Horn
  • Sarah Xanthe
    Key Cast
  • Jenny Kondol
    Key Cast
  • Editor - Iain Thomson
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  • Colourist - Francisco Ramos
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  • DOP - Raul Cadenas de la Vega
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  • Sound Designer - Simon Middleton
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  • Composers - Bryan Day, Martin Winning, Matt Radford, Alessandro Cinelli, Tanita Tikaram
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  • Production Design - Natacha Horn
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  • Animation - Natacha Horn
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  • Sound Recordist - Kiff MacManus
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Arthouse, Live-action, female narratives, female filmmaker, dark comedy, LGBTQ, #metoo
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    AppleProRess 4444 XQ ArriAmira
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.9 (full)
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  • Student Project:
  • London Independent Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 22, 2018
    World & UK Premiere
    Best Newcomer
  • St Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis
    United States
    November 1, 2018
    International & USA Premiere
  • Underwire Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 16, 2018
  • Fastnet Film Festival
    May 22, 2019
    Irish Premiere
  • Breakout Film Festival 2021
    United Kingdom
    January 7, 2021
    Official selection
Director Biography - Natacha Horn

Belgian-born multi-media artist. Originally a journalist, Natacha was keen to find other way to express her creativity. So she began to experiment with digital media. Her first animated music video for the dance label PIAS, with its distinctive 2-D animation, was quickly noticed by advertising agencies and she was subsequently asked to create original work for clients including Nokia, Lanvin, Galliano and Canal +. She also animated a Belgian television campaign promoting safe sex. She was the creative director of the first online magazine for Elle Belgium, which served as a template for Elle's digital media in other territories. She later moved to New York as creative director for an online lifestyle magazine. It was during her time in New York that she discovered a passion for directing film after being asked to direct a music video for singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram. She has since directed two more videos for this artist. Corporate work includes DeBeers, Clyde & Co., and the United Nations – for whom she did a film about sexual violence. Her paintings have been exhibited in Brussels, Paris , Shanghai & Monaco. The collaboration with Sarah Xanthe & Jenny Kondol of will be Natacha's first short film.

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Director Statement

Any relationship with unequal power can lead to mistreatment, and it takes many forms. I wanted to find a way to illustrate this with humour using modern and playful visuals. A film to make people think, to inform, but also to entertain.