Adjusting to life without her father, struggling school girl Jessica finds herself a daily target, of friends Cassie and Jade.

  • Joe Vuckovic
  • Joe Vuckovic
  • Joe Vuckovic
  • Laura Bell
    The Making Of Alex
  • Suzanne James
  • Darren Teale
  • Agnes Fabian
    Homeless Ashes
  • Jessica Fay
    Key Cast
    "Jessica "
    Book of Monsters
  • Amy Forrest
    Key Cast
    Coronation street
  • Taylor Allen
    Key Cast
    My name is Lenny
  • John Dutton
    Key Cast
    Edge of Tomorrow
  • Jolie Forrest
    Key Cast
    All at Sea
  • Lucy Turner
    Key Cast
    Day One- The only day that matters
  • Maisie Carr
    Key Cast
  • Mirren O'Rourke
    Key Cast
    Pestilence Lane
  • Shanice Harris
    Key Cast
    "Miss Jones"
    Lost in the smoke
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  • Genres:
    drama, mental health, family, teen
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Joe Vuckovic

Born in Aylesbury and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Joe has always had a keen eye for the performing arts. Having started out as an extra in numerous film and television productions, Joe decided that full time work was necessary in supporting himself financially, and the dream seemed to very quickly come to an end.

Joe would later join the British Army, where he’d serve a total of six years and three months service before returning back to civilian life. Having left the army to reignite his passion for acting, Joe decided to search what opportunities were available to him in his local area. After discovering local agent Amanda Andrews, Joe was invited to “Acting Mechanics” workshop, that is ran by both Amanda and Rachel Shenton, the latter of which would go on to win Oscar gold for “The Silent Child”.

What was once a life that felt ruled and belittled by bullies, made even more tough after school by the miserable failings of his grades, Joe would go on to prove that anything is possible, and would go from serving in Afghanistan, to then returning home and working with Oscar winners in professional productions.

Joe lives in Stoke with his two best friends, Will and Dean. Together, they have a puppy, Cleo, which gives off vibes of “Three Men And A Little Lady”. Joe carries with him both Greek and Serbian roots, and had been a lifelong Stoke City supporter.

Other than film and TV, joe’s hobbies include reading, great food and good times ahead

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Director Statement

Going to film school was never an option that was available to me after life in the Army, so when my then agent and friend Amanda Andrews got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to contribute to this project, it was an immediate yes. Having never brought a story to life before, I knew that with the struggles I once faced at school, I could help bring this sad but all too familiar story to the screen. The film was based on a poem called “just Say”, that was written by Laura Bell.

After reading the poem, it was agreed that there was a story to tell there, and so the crew set themselves on a mammoth sized task to get what would eventually be called, “Jessica”, cast and filmed.

The key people in getting the ball rolling were Amanda Andrews, whose original storyline would become the template from which the story evolved, Laure Bell, who after not only trusting myself to direct the project, would also go on to help casting for it alongside myself and Amanda, as well as location scouting and chaperoning the young artistes. Suzanne James, who stepped in to produce the film, and took control of all logistics and helped in evolving the storyline, as well as helping to secure the school where we shot the film. And Darren Teale, our brilliant director of photography and editor, whose expert eye cast a shade of beauty to an otherwise dark and upsetting message.

The film was scored by the wonderfully talented Ollie Graham, whose theme throughout the film, matched that of a child whose very own existence and mental health was deteriorating.

Jessica Fay played the role beautifully, and her stars opposite shone just as brightly. All the actors were incredible in displaying such a vast amount of emotional range in this short film, and in doing that, brought a touch of class and heart to the production.

Just as it was important hiring the right cast, so to was it hiring the right crew, as this move was paramount in getting the job done right, and I can’t stress enough how brilliant everyone involved was to the production, as well as the fun that everyone had on set, despite the film encompassing such a sad and upsetting message. Working with children on a shoot like this, it was important to listen to what they had to say, and open collaboration and ideas brought forward, were heavily encouraged. Some of the dialogue in the film was improvised on the spot by the actors, who helped give the film that injection of raw, gritty realism.

Thank you for this opportunity, I’m pleased to present to you, with the help from all the cast and crew involved, my short film and directorial debut, “Jessica”.

Thank you.

Joe Vuckovic