Feminine Incite

An insecure novelist is given one week by his publisher to infuse his latest novel with greater feminine insight, but as he turns to his long-suffering girlfriend for inspiration, he discovers that his gifts as a writer are more powerful than he ever imagined.

  • Simon Olivier
    Director
    Eva Cassidy: Timeless Voice
  • Simon Olivier
    Writer
    Boogie Man
  • John Langridge
    Producer
    Four
  • Peter Halpin
    Key Cast
  • Laura Patch
    Key Cast
    Black Mountain Poets
  • Neil Burgess
    Key Cast
  • Howard Corlett
    Key Cast
  • Claire Marlowe
    Key Cast
  • Jo Merriman
    Key Cast
  • Nick Moon
    Key Cast
  • Dax Debice
    Director Of Photography
  • Simon Olivier
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Crossing The Screen Film Festival
    Eastbourne
    United Kingdom
    November 4, 2016
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Simon Olivier

Simon’s love of storytelling and cinema has seen him explore various guises since graduating with a Film Studies (BA (Hons.)) degree in 1999. After bouts in telecine houses and production companies, then as a researcher and a camera assistant, he turned to writing. He has written several screenplays, and been commissioned to rewrite and ‘doctor’ several others, by companies from London to Los Angeles.

He began directing in 2008, creating music videos for local bands that he often wrote, lit, filmed, produced, directed and edited himself.

This led to him directing brand work for Bacardi UK and Bacardi Europe, and his well-received feature documentary Eva Cassidy: Timeless Voice aired on Sky Arts in 2013.

Simon’s real passion has always been for film and, as part of Drop Dead Films, he is now able to get his teeth into directing his own scripts; firstly Feminine Incite, a surreal comedy short that plays like His Girl Friday as if written by Charlie Kaufman. Simon is currently developing the feature-length version of Feminine Incite and prepping his debut feature film The Dead Letter, a noir-ish thriller that melds Hitchcockian overtones with an updated take on the paranoid cinema of the 1970s.

Always looking to tell original stories in striking and engrossing ways, it’s Simon’s intention to create world-class films that balance unique artistry with down-to-earth insight and broad audience appeal.

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Director Statement

Feminine Incite came about through my own working life as a writer: I am always wary of getting so caught up in the worlds I’m creating, that I become detached from the real world around me, from real life itself. That’s not to say that this film is autobiographical! But I certainly drew from my own experiences as I wrote the script.

Also, everything I write explores the concept of ‘reality’, how do we define it, explore it, embody it? I do not believe that we all share the same reality, rather I think that we construct our own reality around us, and act out that reality in the real world. When this reality clashes with somebody else’s, there is great opportunity for conflict, comedy, drama, tragedy, suspense, etc.

This can be played out in any genre, and my work spans genres, periods and styles, but always with this nagging examination of humanity, through the prism of how we each define and act upon the reality that we have adopted for ourselves.

For Feminine Incite, I drew inspiration from some of my most treasured influences: the 1930s screwball comedies of Preston Sturges, Howard Hawks and Leo McCarey, the surreal 1980s comedies of Woody Allen, and the unique approach to reality of Charlie Kaufman.

All of this fed into and energised my own filmic approach, which is always to present surreal/high concept themes in a very realistic and believable style, forcing the viewer to look life’s big ideas squarely in the face in a way that is engaging, entertaining and always relatable.