Last Day of Summer

Grace, an elderly woman suffering from dementia, has escaped from a care home. Wandering along the beach trying to make friends, she bumps into a young boy called Joe. Seeing she has swollen legs, the boy offers her a seat in his father's car. As he runs back towards the sea with his kite, Grace slowly drifts off to sleep. When the family arrive to go home, Joe's mum and dad are shocked to find an old woman asleep in the back of their car. While his parents argue about what to do with her, Grace gestures for Joe to join her in the car. After locking themselves in, the scared adults bang on the windows while Joe and Grace are having time of their lives. When the nurse arrives to take Grace back to the care home, Joe's parents are forced to reflect on their behaviour.

  • Aleksandra Czenczek
    Director
    Brothers, My Friend Ivor, Ripples, Dolls Don't Cry
  • Aleksandra Czenczek
    Writer
    Brothers, My Friend Ivor, Ripples, Dolls Don't Cry
  • Adriana Kulig
    Producer
    Brothers, My Friend Ivor, Ripples, The Witch
  • Caroline Tod-Richardson
    Producer
  • Patricia Loveland
    Key Cast
    " Grace"
    Quartet, Byzantium, The Boy I Love
  • Jonah Paull
    Key Cast
    "Joe"
  • Phil Perez
    Key Cast
    "Joe's Father"
  • Clova Perez-Carrol
    Key Cast
    "Joe's Mother"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 5th Earls Court Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 9, 2018
    Special Screening
  • 10th Seoul international Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    September 14, 2018
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Minikino Film Week
    Denpasar
    Indonesia
    October 7, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 39th Young Artist Academy Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 14, 2018
    Best Performance in Short Film - Young Actor for Jonah Paull
  • Afrodite Award for Best International Short Film
    Rome
    Italy
    December 5, 2018
    Best International Short Film
  • 15th Manchester Kinofilm International Short Film & Animation Festival
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    November 25, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Canada Shorts: Canadian and International Short Film Festival

    Canada
    December 15, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Nepal Cultural International Film Festival
    Kathmandu
    Nepal
    November 24, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 6th Emigra Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    October 26, 2018
    Opening Gala Screening
  • 10th FilmOFFisko Film Festival
    Jastrzebie Zdroj
    Poland
    September 26, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Jordanian International Film Festival

    Jordan
    September 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • 13th edition of Sguardi - European Independent Short Film Night
    Cles
    Italy
    April 23, 2019
    Best Drama Social Film
  • 16th In the Palace Short Film Festival
    Varna
    Bulgaria
    September 24, 2019
    Official Selection, Oscar qualifying section
  • Los Angeles Polish Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 21, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 53rd Houston Worldfest
    Houston
    United States
    Platinum Award in Family& Children category
Distribution Information
  • Fabulosis Films
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Aleksandra Czenczek

Aleksandra is an award-winning writer/director and a successful visual effects artist. Her debut feature 'Dolls Can't Cry' starring Lara Belmont together with her short films have been screened and awarded prizes at over 50 film festivals worldwide. Visual effects credits include top rated films and TV series such as 'Outlander' and 'Fear of the Walking Dead', and recently released 'Suburbicon' (dir. George Clooney). She has been nominated awarded an Emmy Award for her work on David Attenborough series in 2011 and nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2017. Her latest feature film project as writer/director was selected for development programmes run by Script 2 and the Andrzej Wajda Studio and has support from the Polish Film Institute for further script development.

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Director Statement

Before making the 'Last Day of Summer’,  I spent a year volunteering in a care home near London getting to know the elder residents, many of whom suffered from dementia. While making them tea, I listened to their stories and heard about their fears and concerns relating to life in an institution.
This experience made me aware how many elder people are living very lonely lives and are considered as a burden by their families. Society also has lots of negative preconceptions about mental illness and old age. In this film, I wanted to portray an old lady who craves to feel connected with the people around her but constantly ends up getting rejected. It is only a little boy who can sees the value in the old woman that adults fail to notice. My aim is to spread a positive message about old age, dementia and friendships between the young and the old. I also hope that it will make the audience reflect about how we treat vulnerable people in our daily lives.
Hope you enjoy the film.
Kind regards,
Aleksandra Czenczek 
(Writer/Director)