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Better the Devil

A day in the life of Satan, tackling personal demons in SW8.

A low/No budget fictional documentary following a day in the life of Satan as he battles to come to terms with a settled life in South London.

Filmed over 2 days, Better the Devil explores themes of loneliness; guilt and moral habit as Satan tries to slowly but surely, better himself as a person, and contribute to a world that has long forgotten him.

  • Tristan Bell
    For Red (everlasting), Grampy, Horseface
  • Tristan Bell
  • Tristan Bell
  • Willy Hudson
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short Film, Mockumentary
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Tristan Bell

London basedFilmmaker specialising in DIY and low/no budget film.

Primarily working with narrative based film, Tristan had produced short films that focus on themes of rurality and folklore, whilst also taking influence from Jungian theory. Since moving to London Tristan has specialised in documentary style filmmaking, working on ‘Better the Devil’ a Fictional documentary and ‘Grampy’ a collaborative documentary project between Lily Levin and Tristan Bell.


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Director Statement

An experiment in using a documentary format, 'Better the Devil' encapsulates a reactive and spontaneous process of filmmaking. Disregarding budget, or perfective habits the film has acted as cathartic outlet.

‘Better the Devil’s process is as personal as its subject matter, battling with my own feelings of loneliness in London, and the struggle to come to terms with an adult life, Satan is symbolic of my own experiences of an inner demon. Satan’s eternal skirmish with the rational moralistic pattern that is often required to live healthy life style, often sacrificing pride and deconstructing self to achieve ‘normality’. On a less serious note, Satan is also comedic, whether that humour is universal is another matter, but I believe we should be able to laugh at ourselves as characters.