Dumped unexpectedly by his girlfriend and saddened by the sudden loss of his mother, Eli calls upon enigmatic uncle Cassius, eccentric art dealer and occasional shaman healer, as a last resort to purge his pain. The obnoxious mystic performs a series of self-concocted forest rituals, craftily devised to snatch Eli away from the jaws of abandonment and misery. Will Eli's despair spiral into something darker? Or will he find solace while buried up to his neck in DIRT?

  • Gary Nurse
    Looking Back (2020), London Boys (pre-production), Teleportation of Lila Cheney (2020, post-production)
  • Gary Nurse
    Looking Back (2020), London Boys (contributing writer) (pre-production), Teleportation of Lila Cheney (2020, post-production)
  • Luka Žiobakaitė
    Looking Back (2020), Teleportation of Lila Cheney (2020, post-production)
  • Hayden Mclean
    Key Cast
    Mi O Le Kú (Survival) (2019), Forget You (2019), Looking Back (2020)
  • Rita Bernard-Shaw
    Key Cast
    Younger (2017), Shiro's Story (2018), Watch What I Do (2019), Eternal Beauty (2019)
  • Gary Nurse
    Key Cast
    StreetDance 3D (2010), Black Mirror (2011), Jacob's Blessing (2019), Looking Back (2020), Teleportation of Lila Cheney (2020, post-production)
  • Cavin Cornwall
    Key Cast
    Les Misérables (2012), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 8, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Red Raw 5K Anamorphic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 : 1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Montreal Independent Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • New Wave Short Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Gary Nurse

Gary Nurse was born and bred in the heart of West London, where he attended Isleworth and Syon grammar school.

At a young and tender age, his passion for music and dance would inspire him to leave academics and begin a career as a dancer; this is where he cut his teeth in the world of entertainment. A natural progression eventually moved him on from the stage to the studio, where choreography would elevate his reputation within the world of dance and fashion.

After working as a creative director for the prestigious denim brand, G-Star, Nike, Sony and Philips amongst others would employ his skills and services. This is where his creative exploits would allow further opportunities and new challenges, 'FILM MAKING’.

As a writer, director and choreographer, Gary has worked for the likes of ‘George Michael’, ‘Dego’ (4Hero), ‘Adamski’, ‘Jaz Ellington’ and ‘Camille Purcell’, to name a few. Spending most of his time in London and commuting to and from Amsterdam, he has worked as director/writer and choreographer for commercial brands such as ‘Nike’, ‘Texels’, ‘Bjorn Borg’, ‘Pump Audio’ and ‘Guinness’. With his skills originally as a choreographer, Gary was fortunate to have worked on titles such as ‘Street Dance 2’ and ‘Black Mirror’ and has now moved firmly into the world of shorts and features.


1: ‘Looking Back’, 2015 (Short) Dir.
Starring: Ivan Blackstock, Maria Crittell, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Khali Best, Leon Herbert, Ne-Fara Briscoe, Todd Welsh, Gary Nurse, Valerie La Rose, Michael Ward, Georgia Curtis and Hayden McLean.

2: ‘The 5th Dimension’, 2016 (Short) Dir.
Starring: Valentine Berning, Marieke Westenenk, Joske Koning, Edo Brunner and Ashley Radford.

3: ‘All we did was...’, 2016 (Short) Dir.
Starring: Rodney Charles, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Hayden Mclean, Meisha Kelly, Brett Anderson, Gary Nurse and Maria Crittell.

4: ‘Barbers’ (TV Pilot), 2017 Dir.
Starring: Louis Emerick, Ricky Norwood, Khali Best, Philip Olivia, Paul Danan and Jasette Amos.

5: ‘Texels Beer’, 2016 (Commercial) (Holland) Dir.
Company, ‘Afdeling Beeld’

6: ‘L.G. Commercial’, 2015 (Holland) Choreographer/Assistant Dir.
Company, ‘CZAR Films’

7: ‘Guinness commercial’, 2015. Choreographer. Dir ‘Jake Nava, Cherry Studios’

8: ‘Camille Purcell’ ‘Body’, 2017 (Acoustic Version) Dir.

9: ‘Alexander Fielden’, 2016 (Promo Fashion Film) Dir.

10: ‘Private Baller’, 2016 (Holland) (Promo Film) Dir.

11: ‘Jaz Ellington’ ‘White Flag’, 2015. Dir.

Gary’s work demonstrates a revolutionary approach to movement in film overall, and that, coupled with coaching acclaimed actors and the uniqueness of his directing style give Gary the combined experience to offer a unique vision in his filmmaking.

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