Fading Petals

Two solitary figures find their paths cross when a Young Woman (Charlotte Reidie) arrives to aid a sickly Old Woman (Melanie Revill). After a hostile first encounter and despite misgivings from both, the two slowly open up to one another and begin to form an unexpected bond. But their affinity is short lived when events culminate as buried memories resurface and unforgiving words are spoken. The Old Woman struggles to accept the absence of the Young Woman and is haunted by her memory. The pair meet one final time as truths emerge, proving that they are much more alike than they ever thought.

  • Bradley Charlton
    Binary Truths
  • Bradley Charlton
    Binary Truths
  • Bradley Charlton
    Binary Truths
  • Gabrielle Mastrolonardo
  • Melanie Revill
    Key Cast
    "The Old Woman"
  • Charlotte Reidie
    Key Cast
    "The Young Woman"
  • Tom Metcalf
    Key Cast
    "The Young Man"
  • Gary Raymond
    Key Cast
    "The Father"
  • Georgina Voaden
    Key Cast
    "The Woman at the Door"
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Bradley Charlton

In 2016 I made my first in a string of no budget short films. The following year, I enrolled at Oxford Brookes University to study film. While attending, I made a further three short films including 'The Golden Girl' and 'Binary Truths'. After graduating in May 2020, in October I directed my self-financed debut feature film 'Fading Petals'.

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Director Statement

Filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic in just eleven days, on a budget of under £10,000 and with a crew consisting of only five people - Fading Petals is a truly independent film, in every sense of the word. The seed for Fading Petals began with Lewis Carroll, who once wrote “it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”. This proposition elicits a great number of questions. ultimately it led me to the question - are we defined by our intentions or are we defined by our actions? The idea that a person can choose to distance themselves from their past actions is thought provoking and proved to be the basis for this film. Fading Petals is a study of identity and ponders how our decisions of yesteryear shape the people we are today. It examines whether memories can be buried and to what lengths we will go in order to reject our actions as being part of our make-up. Can dire actions ever be forgotten or accepted. Can they be ran away from or will they eventually catch up? Ultimately the film is a character piece beholding two astounding actors. The film and its production was a labour of love where cast and crew gave every ounce of themselves and worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition. Words cannot express the deep gratitude and enormous debt that I owe to my cast and crew.