Private Project


Punk kid Kim is out-of-place and struggling in a rural Danish town. Mistreated by the care agency she works for and neglected by her self-involved friends in the city she lashes out stealing from a new client - a rebellious widower. But after they spend an evening together she finds joy and strength in the unexpected friendship.

  • Hannah Renton
  • Hannah Renton
  • Viktoria Steinhart
  • Malou Bækgaard
  • European Film College
  • Fie Poulsen
    Key Cast
  • Mogens Asmussen
    Key Cast
  • Glenn Diehl
    Director of Photography
  • Tom-Lee Ziegelman
  • Laura Dyhrcrone
    Sound Designer
  • Josefine Ahlberg
    Light Designer
  • Hannah Renton
    Sound Recordist
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Underwire Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    December 10, 2016
    World Premiere
    Official Selecton
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
    June 2, 2017
    Asia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Aaretalerkurz Film Festival

    November 17, 2017
    Official Selection
  • High Peak Film Festival
    New Mills
    United Kingdom
    June 16, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Hannah Renton

Hannah Renton is a UK filmmaker working with both fiction and documentary forms, and an interest in the intersection of the two. Her recent films have explored themes of marginalisation, home and solidarity. Hannah primarily writes/directs but has also edited, shot and produced a number of short films. In addition, she is interested in film as a tool for community engagement and change. As well as her independent film projects she has worked as a public health researcher in East London and India, a journalist, and in television for major broadcasters including Channel 4 and Discovery. She holds a first class degree in Philosophy and Psychology and studied at the European Film College in Denmark.

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Director Statement

With KIM I wanted to create a highly subjective film and for the audience to experience the world like she does – to feel disorientated and lost in the environment. The isolation and grimness of the charming old town, when seen from her perspective. Her powerlessness, her boredom, her confusion.

I had worked in social care and been aware of cases of abuse and neglect; and also how badly paid and undervalued care workers are. I was thinking about the relationship between these two areas and, more broadly, why we often deflect our pain to those weaker than us; our oppressors being too powerful and formless. The film evolved a lot from here, but these were some of the thoughts swimming around my mind when I wrote the script. Showing the film to people and hearing their thoughts I’ve recognized elements which influenced the film in a less conscious way – and that’s immensely exciting and interesting to me. For example, I was, at the time, living in the town where the film was shot; my first time living outside of a city. Reflecting back the film expresses my own lack of connection to the place. And funnily enough the actor Mogens, who plays the Old Man, and his wife Annie did give me a sense of warmth and connection that I’d been missing.

KIM touches on some current and critical concerns: the ageing population; intergenerational relationships; low-income among young people; and the trade-off we all face between immediate personal gain and what one gains by living with kindness and respect towards others. It’s about a moment of recognition - seeing someone for who they are in the face of the fragmentation of current society - important for two people looking for some kindness and value in the world. Kim and Henning cross this gulf, and it’s a beautiful moment for them, for hope and for society.