Existential Dread & Other Vibes

Longing for the past whilst anxiously waiting for the future, Existential Dread & Other Vibes is a film about Post-Graduate Despair - A phenomenon facing young people, questioning their place in the world after finishing the last big milestone before adulthood. Is there a world beyond compromise for young people, could the future we planned for be possible in an ever changing world?

  • Sam Oddie
  • Sam Oddie
  • Harry Oddie
  • Sam Oddie
  • Natasha Horthornethwaite
    Executive Producer
  • Scott Bradley
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Leigh Film Factory
    Leigh (Wigan)
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 2023
  • Arts Emergency 10th Anniversary
    United Kingdom
    June 17, 2023
Director Biography - Sam Oddie

Based in Manchester, Sam is an award winning Director/Producer of creative and often intimate documentaries. Sam’s films are powerful, personal, deeply insightful and hugely empathetic, with distinctly Northern warmth and wit. He’s a director whose eye for an arresting image is matched by his profound engagement with his subjects: these are films that can only be made with time and tenderness and trust. He creates work that illuminates communities whose stories are often untold or under-represented, in his work with LGBTQA+ people and with people who live with mental and physical health challenges. Telling these stories is vital not just to those communities, but to helping to build a more understanding, supportive and compassionate society for all of us.

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Director Statement

I wanted to make a film that captured something so synonymous between young graduates that has not been told on screen before. The film is about perception and expectations with a strong sense of nostalgia for the past whilst anxiously waiting for the future. I wanted to make something that truly encapsulates the feelings of graduating in our modern times, which has so far been so well received by other young people.