Better Half

A young girl who is struggling with her self image wishes to be popular and like the girls that she sees around her. Her wish comes true, but not in the way she might have imagined.

  • Claire Delany
  • Nate Smith
  • Claire Delany
  • Claire Delany
  • Chloe Showler
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    drama, supernatural, comingofage, teen, socialcommentary, short, student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Gateway regional highschool
  • Garden State Film Festival
    asbury park
    United States
    March 26, 2022
    official selection
Director Biography - Claire Delany, Nate Smith

Claire Delany is a senior at Gateway Regional High School in New Jersey and started this project when she was a junior. It is her first short film.

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Director Statement

I wanted to make something with a theme that mattered. I think body image and self confidence among girls today is such a big issue (especially with social media becoming more and more present in our everyday lives) and one that is not talked about nearly enough. I think that all too often girls give in to social pressure and change themselves into something that they're not in order to fit in, even though their old selves were beautiful just the way they were. In my film, after the main character wishes to be more like the girls around her, her wish is granted, although probably not in the way she imagined. It ends with her "better half" killing the old version of herself in order to achieve this perfect image.

Girls are beautiful and creative and talented, even when they don't fit the beauty standard or have a cookie-cutter life. I hope girls start to realize this and stay true themselves. Lift each other up!