Braids

A young woman living in an abusive cult gets inspired by a female boxer to change her life.

  • Bruna Pias
    Director
  • Bruna Pias
    Writer
  • Yasmin Robinow
    Producer
  • Bibi Lucille
    Key Cast
  • Jay Wilson
    Key Cast
  • Rahel Ira
    Key Cast
  • Andre Lecointe
    Key Cast
  • Chiara Fulgoni
    Director of Photography
  • Leonard Israel
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Sport, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ARRI ALEXA
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • MET Film School Graduation Screening
    London
    United Kingdom
    March 27, 2019
    No
Director Biography - Bruna Pias

I'm a Portuguese girl with a passion for film. At 13 I started writing my own scripts and decided I wanted to also be the one to bring them to life. In 2014 I completed my BA in Sound and Image where I learned about different paths in the audiovisual creative industries, yet I knew Film and TV Drama was my life. I packed my dreams and moved to London, UK where I completed my Master's Degree in Film Directing at MET Film School.

I’ve written and directed a total of 6 short films and have worked as a freelance writer. As I complete my Master's I'm looking for exciting opportunities either as a writer and a director in the TV and Film industry. I have experience in script supervising as well as producing and will never let my cast and crew down.

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Director Statement


"Braids" is about taking control of your own situation, it's about getting inspired. The film's initial plot was all about female independence, a woman standing up against an abusive reality. Films are about real life, wherever they are set, whether they are set in an imaginary land or on the moon. I wanted Sophia (Bibi Lucille) the main character, to be an underdog, to feel helpless, almost ghostly, she was meant for something bigger but is trapped in a society and a relationship that limits her. As human beings, we don't feel the necessity to change until we look at the possibilities until someone tells us "this is what you could do this is who you could be". So Sophia witnesses change, she witnesses reality and she becomes affected by it. Sophia's freedom comes at a cost, much like changing our lives comes at the expense of abdication. Sophia, therefore, becomes flawed, she becomes human. I hope "Braids" is a good representation of what filmmakers can achieve if they treat their characters as human if they explore the extremes of a situation. It's not a hero piece, but a story that feels, in its distance, real. Sometimes monsters can be beat.