As You Are

Where are you? What are you? Why are you in pieces?
In the eyes of someone who struggles with mind fog, memory loss, and facial blindness, how does one experience daily and mundane moments? Through a series of broken images, snippets of conversations, and a fleeting sense of temporality, this experimental short takes a magnifying glass into a winter weekend and a relentless questioning of the validity of memory.

  • Victoria Elen Drave
  • Rhys Kenyon
    Key Cast
  • Joanna Castro
    Key Cast
  • Inês Garcia
    Key Cast
  • Iolo Williams
    Key Cast
  • Sára Trautmann
    Key Cast
  • Adèl Marx
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Short, Subjective
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 18, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong, United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Lancaster University
  • Apertura Institute x TAB-LAB Darkroom Screening
    June 8, 2023
    Official Selection
  • middle of knowhere mini film festival
    North Carolina
    United States
    May 6, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions Hosted by @LiftOffGlobalNetwork
    Iver, Buckinghamshire
    United Kingdom
    June 26, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Young Surrey Film Festival
    Farnham, Surrey
    United Kingdom
    May 29, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Student World Impact Film Festival
    June 18, 2023
  • Lowesoft Film Festival
    Lowestoft, Suffolk
    United Kingdom
    October 20, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Art Beats Festival
    August 20, 2023
    2nd Place
Director Biography - Victoria Elen Drave

Victoria Elen Drave is a queer disabled filmmaker and theatremaker based in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. They currently study Film and Theatre at Lancaster University.
Their practice particularly focuses on experimental and non-conventional filmmaking, along with post-dramatic and environmental performance!

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Director Statement

When I watched films, I would always question why most flashbacks and memories were concise and clear when my own were fuzzy and often incomprehensible. In university, I began to study Stan Brakhage and Maya Deren, both very important experimental filmmakers, and realised their approach to memory was not only a lot more interesting but a lot more accurate to my experience.
“As You Are” stemmed partially from my frustration with my own memory and partially from my love for spending time with my friends, a desire to portray them, remember them, and capture them in time.
I love them and all I hope is that I captured them well. Not even my memory can take away my love for my friends. All I can hope is that I can inspire love for others through my film.
- Victoria Drave