Private Project


Katie sits in a club bathroom toilet crying over her phone for an unknown reason. As the various idle stalls begin to populate around her, we bounce back and forth from Alicia and Kiyana in their stall, and Oscar, Reese, and George in their cubicle, as they discuss and debrief each other on the night out that led to all of them collectively falling down the stairs together, their friend’s arm being broken and a specific photo Katie finds distressing through hearsay, exasperation and excitement.

  • Zak Stevendale
  • Zak Stevendale
  • Bobby Joynes
  • Athena Diamond
  • Max Turner
  • Kate Donnelly
  • Bhavani Lakshminarasimhan
  • Lily Walker
    Key Cast
  • Daisy Parry
    Key Cast
  • Cici Hughes
    Key Cast
  • Marius Hatteland-Dunn
    Key Cast
  • Ben Gilvear
    Key Cast
  • Callum Blackie
    Key Cast
  • Max Turner
    Director Of Photography
  • Fabi Wanner
    Director Of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Dramedy
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    250 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Bristol
Director Biography - Zak Stevendale

Zak is a first-time filmmaker and aspiring Film Director with entry-level experience specialising in narrative storytelling, scriptwriting, directing, and composing. Hoping to make and tell more stories about real people with real experiences. Having always loved film from when he saw The Lord of the Rings trilogy at a young age, Zak started writing young creating his own spin on popular narratives, re-writing them and sending them to the original creators. He also had a blog where he published his own original stories where he is now getting into directing for the first time.

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Director Statement

I wanted to lure an audience in with a neon, multi-layered colour palette that peers into the window of youth culture of clubbing and going out. While I wanted to capture the relatable and innately human experience of spending time with friends and strangers on a night out and the beauty that comes with that, I felt it was important to explore the negative aspects of clubbing and the various experiences different kinds of people have on the same night.

Having no point of view in the film; making the familiar experience of talking about scandals and drama that has nothing to do with you as the focal point of the film that much more apparent.

Fly-on-the-wall, intimate camerawork creates a sense of invading a private conversation but simultaneously invites the audience to listen since they have access to it. Within fast-paced naturalist dialogue and rapid editing, I wanted to string the audience along the thread of an entertaining anecdote the characters are telling/re-telling each other where the audience is gathering new pieces of information about the story as the film continues.

Visually, I wanted to walk the line of a neon-wonderland and the dingy/grimy reality of the club bathroom the characters are in. I wanted to express the colourful bliss you feel when you are on a night out with your friends. This will bleed into the film where we visually and logistically present it with an air of surrealism but grounded enough that we won’t lose plausibility.

The characters aren’t necessarily good people, gossiping about somebody else’s misfortune and revelling in it. Despite this, someone has been really affected by this story and it is up to the audience to judge whether the characters’ actions were in playful jest or actually damaging.

This is why we want the audience to be engaged with the narrative, essentially making them a culprit in enjoying this anecdote as well as the characters, making the moment where Kiyana is caught speaking ill of Katie, I hope the audience feels caught too.

We want to satirise and essentially make fun of university students and the nostalgia obsessed culture of vinyl, the 90s, polaroid’s etc. that will be shown through make-up, costume, and dialogue. Our characters are attending a nostalgia themed club event, and so we show our characters trying to relive a time they weren’t even born in. Our own modern culture of tote bags, elf bars, and doc-martens will also be showcased in a tongue and cheek manner.

The music will mirror a traditional DJ set, beginning diegetic and then morphing to non-diegetic where the club music reacts to what is happening within the film, keeping the pace of the conversation going.

In all, I want this film to be relatable in the way that an audience member can either see themselves in one of the characters or feel as though they have had or can see themselves having the conversations that are in the film.