Private Project


'Dissonance' observes the intimate drama of a string quartet in rehearsal.

  • Hugo Max
    Writer, director, cinematographer, sound designer
  • Albert Kayedpour
    Key Cast
    "Violin I"
  • Ștefan Șimonca-Oprița
    Key Cast
    "Violin II"
  • Georgia Russel
    Key Cast
  • Ärla Hillerud
    Key Cast
  • John Crawford
    Key Cast
    "The Teacher"
  • Maxim Lavrov
    Sound Engineer
  • Bora Rex
    1st Assistant Direcor / Lighting / Stills
  • Iris Campbell-Lange
    2nd Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Ruskin School of Art
Director Biography

Hugo Max is a filmmaker, painter and musician.

Premieres of Hugo’s films have been hosted by Modern Art Oxford, the Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall and the Sheldonian Theatre. He has collaborated on documentaries with the V&A, University of Vienna Archive and Korean Culture Centre UK.

Shochet (Butcher), Hugo’s debut solo show of paintings, took place at Oxford’s Dolphin Gallery in May 2022. He has co-curated and displayed in group exhibitions at Fusion Arts, the Holywell Music Room and The Ruskin School of Art.

Hugo has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles at the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and he was concertmaster of Oxford University Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxford Baroque Players. As a student at the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, he was presented with the Mary Gotch and Ian Stoutzker Awards. A skilled improviser, he regularly accompanies silent films with live soundtracks on viola and piano at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Cinema and has given multidisciplinary performances at the Ashmolean Museum and Magdalen College, Oxford where he was an Instrumental Music Scholar. Hugo graduated from Magdalen in 2023 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art.

Hugo is the author of two books including The Stanley Series and The Dissonance Book. He is currently working on his third titled Kosher Giraffe Trilogy.

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