Private Project

County Lines

Money doesn't know any borders, and crime doesn't pay... County Lines is the term for a UK phenomenon, which describes the behaviour of many inner city drug dealers as they attempt to pursue more profit and less exposure. Young lads from the home counties, some as young as 10 years old are used to traffic large quantities of Class A substances from the wholesale to the street. They are exposed to intimidation and manipulation, and a judicial system ill-equipped to deal with the complexities of a much larger problem.
Our short film 'County Lines' is about just one person in that vast problem. We stripped away the cast and we chose frames and compositions that could tell the story in a fluid way, hopefully enabling the audience to make their own interpretations. It seemed the less we added to the film, the more concise the theme.

  • Benedict Coen
    The Pearl Series
  • Benedict Coen
    The Pearl Series
  • T. Emmett
    The Pearl Series
  • Luke Coen
    Key Cast
    "Kieran Meredith"
  • George Kao
    Key Cast
  • Cameron Harms
    Key Cast
  • Mia Harm
    Key Cast
  • Jack Shepherd
    Key Cast
  • Vikki Pead
    Key Cast
  • Jesse Powis
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Douglas
  • Sophie Baker
    Costume Designer
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Crime, Drama, Neo-Noir
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    750 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Benedict Coen

Benedict Coen is a co-founder of independent film production company, with Producer T. Emmett he created Electric Copper Films and in the last two years have produced a web series, a feature documentary, and are curretnly in pre-production for their first feature film.
His major influences in his home country are Ben Wheatley, Jonathan Glazer and Steve McQueen. He was fortunate to be taught by the legendary Ken Russell and many of his early short films where strongly influenced by this great British Director.
As a Director, Benedict wants to create technically gorgeous and socially responsible films. He believes it is the duty of every artist, not just filmmaker, to try and interpret and represent the times and most importantly have a lot of fun doing it.

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