An absurd comedy about a man in the 19th century who is mysteriously propelled forward in time during a duel for his honour and his life

  • Avgousta Zourelidi
    Moominvalley, Monster High: Electrified, Angry Birds Stella, Angry Birds Toons
  • Avgousta Zourelidi
  • Emma Hanson
    Stages (short), Early Man (2nd AD), Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon (Coordinator), Shaun the Sheep Movie (3rd AD)
  • Sarah Hauldren
    Production Design
    Moominvalley, Best of Men, In Love with Barbara & The Walkers
  • Laura Howie
    Fantastic Mr Fox, Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon
  • Owen Peters AMPS
    Sound Design
    Sherlock, Stan Lee's Superhumans, Law and Order: UK, Da Vinci's Demons
  • Andrew Ward
    Chicken Run, Watership Down (TV Miniseries), Shaun the Sheep Movie, Angry Birds Toons, Trollied
  • Pippa Moss
    Key Cast
    Hippolyta - Poldark (2019), Ellie - The Cloaking (Web Series), Lisa - Dead Tired (Short)
  • Sophie Thomas
    Key Cast
    Ella - Is This Sexual Harassment? (BBC)
  • Jordan Phillpotts
    Key Cast
  • Sam Hall
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Period, drama, absurd
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 26, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cineme
    United Kingdom
    September 4, 2019
  • SHORT to the Point
Director Biography - Avgousta Zourelidi

Avgousta was born in St Petersburg, Russia and grew up in Athens Greece. At the age of two and a half she drew a red bunny rabbit and was admitted into an art school – after that there was no turning back!

In 2010 she graduated from the National Film and Television School with an MA in Animation Direction. Her graduation film 'Laika' (https://vimeo.com/avzourelidi/laika), about the first dog in space, was screened at over 40 festivals world wide!

Since then Avgousta's career has taken her around the world, working on shows such as 'Chuggington' and 'Angry Birds'. In 2016 she directed a feature length animated film, 'Monster High: Electrified', for Mattel at Flaunt Productions.

Currently she's working as Episode Director on the successful Sky One update of the much loved Moomin series; 'Moominvalley' Starring Taron Egerton, Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet and Richard Ayoade.

Earlier this year she launched the 'Directors In Animation Podcast'. A show all about the ups and downs of directing animation projects.

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Director Statement

I’ve been working as a director in the animation industry for nearly 10 years. At the start of 2019 I made a resolution, to make my first live action film. Over the next weeks I developed the idea and put together the core team. When Emma Hanson, our producer came on board, things really started to fall into place.

Duel is a film build on contrasts between the past and the present, as well as the characters, locations and costumes. The idea is a surreal out of body, time travel experience by a 19th century aristocrat and a modern day fencer, as they duel against their opponents.

I’m very happy and proud that Duel has a 50/50 female and male cast and crew. The whole team worked on this project in their spare time, putting their heart and soul into it.

We hope you enjoy the film.