Lily has managed to keep her secret for a very long time - But when an infuriatingly annoying co-worker joins her work place, Lily's world begins to crumble. Perhaps an unexpected friendship might be the answer.

  • Stanislava Buevich
    The 4th Dimension, Geoffrey's Heart, Loo
  • Stanislava Buevich
  • Stanislava Buevich
  • Lara Myles
  • Joanna Kate Rodgers
    Key Cast
  • Nitin Ranpuria
    Key Cast
  • Faye Sewell
    Key Cast
  • James Arthur Daniels
    Key Cast
  • Neil Oseman
  • Joel Neale
    Music and Sound Design
  • Iain Thomson
  • Simon Coram
    Sound Recordist
  • Katherine Porter
  • Karl Man
  • Devon Barber
    Set Decorator
  • Ruth Chanter
  • Thomas Carr-Griffin
    Location Manager
  • Andoni Martinez
    Production Assistant
  • Andrew Fawn
    Casting Director
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Horror, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • The Accolade Competition
    Award of Recognition
  • International Cancer Sucks Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 1, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    Carmarthen Bay
    United Kingdom
    May 7, 2016
  • Feci Bogota
    June 17, 2016
    South American Premiere
Director Biography - Stanislava Buevich

Stanislava or Stacy Buevich is a Russian born, British film director. She has a psychology degree from University College London and a diploma from Metropolitan Film School. Stacy's films have been screened at festivals all over the globe and she has won international awards for her short film and music video work. Stanislava is currently developing her first feature film which is a psychological horror-drama called Geoffrey's Heart, and several shorts.

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Director Statement

I always had a soft spot for romantic comedies and I absolutely love horror. So combining the two genres in an unexpected way seemed like a great idea. So the premise behind Self-Control was born - a romantic comedy with a horror twist. A story of an unlikely romance between a devil in recovery and a London policeman.
Self-Control is an off-beat comedy but I think everyone can relate to it, after all who hasn't come across a character like Becky who annoyed the living daylight out of them? Someone you fantasised about hurting perhaps at one point or another, just like our lead character Lily does every day? And on top of that your boss asks you to be nice to this person. This just might be too much to bear for Lily. But maybe she finally agrees to go on a date with a persistent policeman Sanjiv and perhaps this unexpected friendship/romance is just what she really needs in her life.
Self-Control is a fun little film, which I would love to expand into a feature film, which just like this short, would be quirky, funny and strangely romantic, but would also explore the idea of good and evil and asks the audience a question - what makes good good? And is evil always bad?