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Nancy, a single mother, helps her son Ben move into his accommodation on university registration day. Ben promises to come back for lunch before leaving for the registration. Nancy carefully prepares lunch and waits, but he doesn't come back. Worried, she goes looking for him.

  • Jiakai Lu
  • Jiakai Lu
  • Kinnie Hu
  • Qili Li
  • Sarah Kants
    Key Cast
  • Rowan McIntosh
    Key Cast
  • Jingyi Liu
    Director of Photography
  • Ping-Chuan Chou
    Camera Operator
  • Chenglei Pan
    Production Designer
  • Zhiqi Wang
    Sound Recordist
  • Jiakai Lu
  • Jiakai Lu
    Sound Design/Editor
  • Qili Li
    Sound Design/Editor
  • Anran Qian
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 19, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - London Film School
Director Biography - Jiakai Lu

Jiakai Lu is a filmmaker and storyteller specialising in screenwriting, directing, editing, and sound design.

Jiakai, being of Hakka descent, was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. He embarked on his academic journey in Canada and the UK, which fostered a deep interest in exploring the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western cultures.

Jiakai pursued his passion for film by studying film studies as an undergraduate and film production as a postgraduate. Gifted in both screenwriting and directing, he is dedicated to mastering the art of cinematic storytelling.

Jiakai's love for literature, music, philosophy, and film has fuelled his creative drive. He draws inspiration from diverse sources, including culture, history, philosophy, and, most importantly, his life experiences. His creative vision is centred on exploring the intricacies of interpersonal relationships, particularly those shaped by profound emotional connections such as familial bonds.

Jiakai's works are characterised by meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to the craft of storytelling. He utilises film language to convey the complexities of the human experience, skilfully intertwining visual and narrative elements to create intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant works.

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Director Statement

Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex' inspired me to explore a woman's struggle to break away from her emotional bonds.

Additionally, I am fascinated by the dynamics of the mother-son relationship. I fused these ideas to create a poignant short film that captures a mother's emotional journey towards her son's inevitable independence.