Experiencing Interruptions?


Martin (Joe Newton) is a casualty of society. He is unappreciated and overworked as a salaryman in the city. With mounting pressure on his shoulders, he experiences a breakdown at work and loses his job. After visiting his childhood home to collect some possessions, he opts to not go home but instead chooses to live off grid in the vast woodland. Here he attempts to survive, to try and find himself again, through being amongst nature and his love of writing poetry.

  • Joe Newton
    Key Cast
    "Martin Fitzgerald"
  • John Hill
    Key Cast
  • Steve Sale
    Superhero Me
  • Steve Sale
    Superhero Me
  • Alex Caird
  • Steve Sale
    Superhero Me
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    drama, thrilller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Steve Sale

Steve's first film a lofi documentary Superhero Me was selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival, BFI Onedot Zero Festival, Cambridge Film Festival and Sunscreen Festival Florida. He went on to set up a production company and has made content for Sky, BBC Arts and Hewlett Packard. He made a short narrative film Waking Up Jed which was selected for the Manchester Kino Film Festival. Dogwood is his fictional feature film debut which has been 2 years in the making, self made and self funded.

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Director Statement

It has always been my dream to make a fictional feature film. I wanted the story to unfold naturally and was guided by what could be achieved without a budget and crew. There were many feelings about modern society, brexit, environmental issues, mental health, life and death that I wanted to portray in the film but ultimately didn’t know where it was going to end up. The story continued to be shaped in editing. It is essentially a fictional documentary and for me it was a way of dealing with events in my life and the world at the time.