In Godstow

A traveller finds refuge in the ruins of an abbey, and is met by an unexpected visitor.

  • Tianhao Xu
  • Tianhao Xu
  • Freddie Wolff
  • Joe Douglas
    Key Cast
  • Bunny Lawrence
    Key Cast
  • Gabriella Farah
    Director of Photography
  • Lazar Liebenberg
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Arthouse, Slow Cinema, Experimental, Avant-Garde, Drama, Short Film
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Oxford University
Director Biography - Tianhao Xu

Tianhao Xu is a Chinese-British artist and filmmaker. He was born in Zhejiang, China, and grew up mostly in London. He studied BFA Fine Art at Oxford University and MA Film Studies at Goldsmiths.

He made his directorial debut in 2017 with his experimental docufiction film Kungfu (2017), which was exhibited in York Art Gallery as part of Aesthetica Art Prize 2018. In Godstow (2022) is his second short film. Currently, he is working on his first feature film, a documentary film about a martial arts boarding school in Dengfeng, China.

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Director Statement

"In Godstow" is a film about loneliness. The protagonists can be seen as homeless travellers, pilgrims, or outcasts. Travelling across barren landscapes in an era unknown, they find solace in the most ordinary things: shelter, fire, stars, the sound of a flute, and the company of a stranger.