Mel, a 17-year-old guitar enthusiast, is completely obsessed with her favourite musician, Hugo Turner but she must confront this idolised version of him when he is accused of sexual harassment and find purpose in her own passion.

  • Chloe Law
  • Suzanna Rajnai
  • Amy Kinder
    Key Cast
  • Ronan Finnegan
    Key Cast
    "Hugo Turner"
  • Romy Lane
    Key Cast
  • Lindsay Jones
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,250 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa Mini
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Chloe Law

I’m in my final year studying filmmaking at UWE Bristol, following a 10-week Screen Writing course at AUB. Before I came to Bristol and during university, I’ve been involved in a range of productions; including Shorts, Features and Adverts. I also have a background in theatre, having directed two theatre productions and acted most of my life. I’m part of the BFI Academy, have a BAFTA Mentor, Lauren Dark.

I’m passionate about writing female characters that are lovable, I think it is easy to write a dislikeable female character, but a challenge to write ones that are relatable. Getting to work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag season 2 as a Production Assistant meant a lot, because she’s brilliant at doing just that! This was my aim when writing Mel and her story for HeartThrob.

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Director Statement

I love this story because it has a huge focus on fan culture, but told from the perspective of the fan; therefore, it’s not villainising or making fun of what it is to be a fan. Instead, it’s looking at emotional realism, and how social media and the internet makes us feel close to these celebrities that have no idea we exist. Everyone is a fan of something or someone, so hopefully everyone can relate to Mel in some way. I really hope you enjoy the film!!