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When The Tide Comes In

Set in rural Scotland 1936, Aubrey and Gedys watch their father's decline.
After years at sea, embittered by his relationship with his estranged father, Aubrey cannot conceal his contempt for favoured brother Gedys.

As anger and grief escalate, a heartbreaking realisation suddenly dawns on Aubrey and Gedys.
But can they reconcile their grievances to fulfil their father's dying wish?

Can they let go of the past?

A film that explores the conflicts of love, devotion and family ties.
The story of loyalty, selflessness and the courage to end suffering.

  • Craig McKenna
    Director
    Threshold (2012)
  • Craig McKenna
    Writer
    Threshold (2012)
  • Alia E. Torrie
    Producer
  • Craig McKenna
    Producer
    Threshold
  • Donald Morrison
    Key Cast
    Judas Goat (2014), Stag Hunt (2014), Babe (2013), Shady Lady (2012)
  • Cameron Forbes
    Key Cast
    The Happy Lands,
  • Gordon A. McKenna
    Key Cast
  • Alia E. Torrie
    Key Cast
    Tea Cup Travels (BBC) (2015), The Last Love Letter (2015), To Make Me Feel Your Love (2011)
  • Alan C.McLaughlin
    Director of Photography
    All the Ordinary Angels; Exodus 21:24; Hole; Lost Serenity (2011),
  • Alia E. Torrie
    Costume Design
  • Craig McKenna
    Production Design
    Two Soldiers (2014); Out of The Ash (2014); Wyld (2014); Sunsets & Silhouettes (2014); It Ends With Love (2014),
  • Barry Frame @ The Audio Clinic
    Sound Design
    The Last Love Letter (2015);
  • Joanne Donnelly
    Make-Up Artists
    Century Heights (2014);
  • Maria Elliot
    Make-Up Artists
    What Have You Done? (2014)
  • Andrei Lascu
    Editor
  • Simon Price
    1st Assistant Directors
    Good Luck WIth That (2013)
  • Yutsil Hoyo Diaz Martinez
    1st Assistant Directors
  • Aron Dale Cairns
    Camera Team
    Take It Back and Start All Over (2014)
  • Yutsil Hoyo Diaz Martinez
    Camera Team
    It Ends In Love (2014); Take It Back and Start All Over (2014)
  • Paul Chan
    Sound Recordists
    Out of The Ash (2014)
  • Neale Ross
    Sound Recordists
    Judas Goat (2014)
  • Alan C. McLaughlin
    Colourist
    Lost Serenity (2011)
  • Alia E. Torrie
    Art Direction & On-Set Design
  • Jennifer Wagner
    Assistant Editor
  • Katarina Forsman
    Assistant Props Buyer
    "Out of The Ash" (2014)
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Period, Drama, Human Rights
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festigious Film Festival 2015

    November 8, 2015
    Online Festival Premier
    BEST DRAMA SHORT
  • Prevolia International Film Festival
    Pervolia
    Cyprus
    October 11, 2016
    International Premier
  • Loch Ness Film Festival
    Loch Ness
    United Kingdom
    July 24, 2015
    UK Premiere
  • BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Nominated for Best Composer
Director Biography - Craig McKenna

Craig has been involved in filmmaking for the last 4 years with initial aspirations in screenwriting and illustration soon developing into a love for directing and design.

Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Photography and Film from Edinburgh Napier University in 2012, Craig began his career in the UK Film Industry in both the Art Department and as Production Designer for "Wyld" (Hopscotch/Scottish Shorts 2013), and indie shorts "Sunsets & Silhouettes", 'A Fire Within' (2015) and 'Meet Me By The Water' (2016) which debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival.

With a burning passion for character and storytelling, "When The Tide Comes In" saw Craig's return to Writing and Directing receive BAFTA nomination, and Awarded Best Drama Short at Festigious Film Festival 2015.
On the back of this success Craig is currently in preproduction for the eagerly anticipated drama short 'Custodian".

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Director Statement

Dilemma and personal conflicts have always interested me and the depth that makes a human being.

I felt compelled to tell a story that resonates on many levels we all know and have felt at sometime in our lives. The chips on our shoulder; the tailspin of grief; being powerless to shield our hearts from pain. In Aubrey and Gedys, I wanted to show characters who are both flawed. So often the deepest, most turbulent conflicts come from the heart of family. They are part of us, and I was always interested by the altruism of devotion even amongst the most estranged of siblings.

Though we can try, through distance and composure, the one bond that we cannot escape from is that of blood.

I wanted to explore tension within a confined, even claustrophobic space, where characters simmer in their own silence. But I wanted to show an optimism of what could come from that.