Daisy

Daisy depicts the last days of a thirteen-year-old girl Daisy (Hattie Gotobed), who suffers from severe Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and by chance meets Stinky aka Peter (Max Brown), a British Iraq war veteran who suffers from drug addiction. Like Peter Pan, Stinky is stuck in Neverland and like Wendy; Daisy inspires him to change his ways. She helps him learn to appreciate life, find home, but most importantly find love, something that she will never experience.

  • Nancy Paton
    Director
    choke
  • Nancy Paton
    Writer
  • Nancy Paton
    Producer
  • Farhan Khan
    Producer
  • Max Brown
    Key Cast
    Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow, The Tudors
  • Hattie Gotbed
    Key Cast
    Games of Thrones, Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Lucy Russell
    Key Cast
    World War Z, Following, Batman Begins
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema 2016
    Idyllwild
    United Kingdom
    May 9, 2016
    North America Premiere
    Best Foreign Featurette
  • World Fest Houston International Film Festival 2016
    Houston
    United Kingdom
    April 16, 2016
    Texas Premiere
    Platinum Remi Award Shot Film
  • London Independent Film Festival 2016
    London
    United Kingdom
    April 14, 2016
    UK Premiere
    Best UK Short Film
  • New Filmmakers Los Angeles 2016
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 15, 2016
    California Premiere
    not yet announced
  • Sunscreen Film Festival 2016
    St Petersburg
    United States
    May 2, 2016
    Florida Premiere
  • Near Nazareth Film Festival
    Nazareth
    Israel
    May 24, 2016
    Israel Premiere
    Best Short FIlm (less than 40minutes)
  • Southend On Sea Film Festival
    Southend On Sea
    United Kingdom
    May 30, 2016
  • Rendezvous Film Festival
    Amelia Island
    United States
    June 3, 2016
  • Colossus Rodos Film Festival
    Rodos
    Greece
    June 26, 2016
    Greek
    Best Short Film
  • Marbella International Film Festival
    Marbella
    Spain
    September 28, 2016
    Spanish Premiere
    Best Actress Hattie Gotobed
  • Haryana International Film Festival 2016
    Haryana
    India
    September 8, 2016
    Indian Premiere
    Best Film, Best Director Nancy Paton and Best Actor Max Brown
  • Laughlin International Film Festival
    Laughlin
    United States
    October 15, 2016
    Best International Short Film
  • Bahamas International Film Festival
    Bahamas
    Bahamas
    December 5, 2016
    Bahamas
  • SOUQ Film Festival
    Milan
    Italy
    November 4, 2016
    Italy
Director Biography - Nancy Paton

Nancy Paton is an Australian filmmaker residing in Saudi Arabia. Soon after finishing the award winning short film Daisy which she wrote, produced and directed, she starred in the award winning short film Postpartum which she also wrote, produced and directed. She has just completed the short film Choke for the 48 Film Project, two music videos and two documentaries; Maisy and the Making of Daisy and The Black Abaya. She is in-development on two feature films Touched and In Her Shoes.

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Director Statement

EB is a genetic condition where the skin breaks at the slightest touch, causing excruciating pain, open blisters and wounds. EB is likely to affect 1 in 17,000 live births and it is estimated that there are currently 5,000 people with the condition in the UK. EB can mean a life of extreme pain and disability. At its worst, EB can cause infant fatalities. Even if EB sufferers do grow past infancy, they are likely to contract a fatal skin cancer and die in their teens.

Whilst working at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital I came across a young inspirational girl called Maisy with this rare skin condition. She was only 4 when I first met her but for someone living with a terminable incurable condition, that causes excruciating pain everyday, she had a spirit so strong and powerful I knew that she had the power to change people’s perceptions.

I wrote Daisy and then featured Maisy and other children with EB in the film as a way to help raise awareness for EB but also to encourage the film industry to offer more opportunities in the future for children and adults with disabilities and diseases.