Sofia's Eyes

A short, reflective photo-documentary that explores memory and the significance of photography by looking at the way in which 6-year old Sofia will learn about her late father.

  • Rory Farmer
  • Rory Farmer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon 5D miii
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Wales International Documentary Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 7, 2017
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Ffresh Student Media Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 10, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 12, 2017
    Official Selection
  • DAE Studio Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 14, 2017
    Best Student Film
Distribution Information
  • Rory Farmer
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Rory Farmer

Rory is currently studying on the MA Filmmaking course at Bangor University in Wales. Rory grew up in the English county of Staffordshire and began to develop a keen interest in film with a friend at school, inspired by the works of Edgar Wright. By the age of 17 the two had produced a comedy feature using friends for actors and this was the moment Rory actively began to pursue film as a career.

At University Rory began to crew on a variety of short films and took on a number of projects on behalf of the University. Despite a keen interest in a variety of different genres, Rory has always been interested in documentary and recently flew to South Korea to work on a BBC Wales documentary. Upon his return he began developing a number of documentary projects of his own, including 'Sofia's Eyes'.

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Director Statement

Making 'Sofia's Eyes' was one of the toughest challenges of my life, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. My Dad passed away in 2015 and he'd been a huge support to me, he never questioned my decision to pursue my dreams of being a filmmaker and I wanted to dedicate this to him.

I have always had this interest in photographs, and it stems from looking at old photographs of different ancestors. This got me thinking about how I would teach my own children one day about my Dad, but upon more reflection I realised that my six year old sister Sofia would also be in the same boat. So I wanted to make a documentary that would allow the audience to understand their situation, and to perhaps ultimately reflect on the value of their own family photos. This in turn, is why I constructed the documentary through photographs; the audience learns about Matt in the same way that Sofia will, through Sofia's eyes.