Cuts and Bruises

Cuts and Bruises follows the story of Amelie Banks. It takes us through her struggles with mental health and how she finds solace in skating and the girl skating community.

  • Beatriz Couto
  • Euan Pollock Foulis
    Dream, It Doesn't Have To Be Real, Rolling with the Punches, In the Name of my Mother, Then.
  • Amelie Banks
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sports, Drama
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    450 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • University for the Creative Arts
    Farnham, England
    United Kingdom
    November 30, 2019
    Screening for education
Distribution Information
  • Self Distributed
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Beatriz Couto

Beatriz is a Portuguese director. She started studying film at the age of 14 when she joined Escola Artistica Soares dos Reis. Her passion for cinema and her discovery for her artistic personality started there. At the age of 18 she moved to the UK to continue her studies in cinema when she joined the University for the Creative Arts. She'll finish her degree in 2020 and hopes to move back to Portugal to continue her film career.

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Director Statement

At the age of 8 I went to buy my first board. I remember going into a sports store and saying I wanted to buy a skateboard, and I clearly remember the female employee, with a strong Brazilian accent turning to me ''A skateboard? But skating is for boys!''. I left the store with a board just the same, but my parents never let me use it. My passion and interest for skate was still there, and I loved skating films like Kids, and later Mid90s. I loved the sense of community it portrayed, but I always thought, where are the girls? I wanted everyone to know that girls were as badass on a skateboard as any boy. So I decided I wanted to make this film, to encourage every little girl to grown woman that skating is not only for boys, it's for everyone that picks up a board.