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Go for Alayna

When their feminist causes clash during a big-budget production, filmmaker Alayna and her lead actress must fight it out on set. 

'Go For Alayna' has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award!

  • Madeleine Quarm
  • Anna Castelaz
  • Anna Castelaz
  • Arianne Smith
  • Muki Zubis
    Key Cast
    "Alayna "
  • Katrina Kleve
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Goldsmiths University
  • Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival
    October 28, 2019
  • Over the Fence Comedy Festival

    February 12, 2020
  • Royal Television Society Student Television Award Nomination
    United Kingdom
    June 24, 2020
  • Film Girl Film Festival
    United States
    November 13, 2020
    North American
  • Monreal Feminist Film Festival
    December 2, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 11, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Best Student Short
Director Biography - Madeleine Quarm

Maddie was born in the UK and raised in Australia. She studied at The Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne, before moving to New York to study Directing. After returning to the UK she studied at the acclaimed National Film and Television School before starting her career in the industry, turning her focus to Comedy TV.

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Director Statement

I don’t think there has ever been a better time to be a woman working in the film industry (and I have no doubt other industries) than right now. We now have the opportunity, thanks to global movements like Times Up and MeToo, to break the perceived gender boundaries traditionally imposed on female creatives. What it means to be a woman at this point in time is so open for exploration, leading to far more realistic female representation on screen, such as Sandra Oh’s Eve Polastri in Killing Eve, to Rachel Weisz’s Lady Sarah in the Favourite.
It’s an exhilarating period to explore topics like those in ‘Go For Alayna’, from how we assert ourselves in the workplace and the compromises we have to make to achieve our goals when stuck between a rock and a hard place. Using comedy as a vehicle for this is incredibly exciting and provides the freedom to express these ideas in a highly entertaining and relatable way. Watching Alayna suffer at the hands of her incompetent manager and wildcard counterpart, and then figure her way out of this impossible situation is something we can all relate too, and I’m so excited to dive into this story with such a brilliant and talented team.