Living The Dream

Reluctant London City go-getter spends the weekend in her happy place

  • Reeta Varpama
    21st Century Woman, Under Pressure
  • Sean Delahay
    Kudhva, My Practice
  • Amalie Gissel
    Key Cast
    Wonderland Recoil, The Morning Walk
  • Chris Bradbury
    Music Composer
    Princess of Darkness, Under Pressure
  • Reeta Varpama
    21st Century Woman, Under Pressure
  • Reeta Varpama
    21st Century Woman, Under Pressure
  • Chris Bradbury
    Sound Designer
  • Reeta Varpama
    Drive Me To The End, The Lost Land Girl, The Whole Truth
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    Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    300 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Reeta Varpama

Reeta is a writer, director and an award-winning editor. She has built an extensive body of work over the course of 10+ years in both commercial and independent film. In 2013, she graduated from the Cambridge School of Art with a BA in Film & TV Production.

Reeta’s short comedies have been screened in film festivals in Berlin, London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Norwich, and are known for their witty dialogue and playful characters. The stresses, deliberations and fundamental questions of modern life are at the core of her narrative explorations. The impending existential crises of her generation are a driving force in her work, and her ultimate goal is to help people laugh through their tears at the absurdity of it all.

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Director Statement

I once started a side hustle at the Apple Store to help fund my film studies. Every day, when asking one of my 100 colleagues the usual 'How's it going?', they'd reply 'Living the dream'. Having grown up in Finland, this form of expression was new to me. And I loved it. What an incredibly uplifting attitude to have! We have jobs at one of the most admired companies in the world! We're making money! Making friends! Making memories! Succeeding in life! Living the dream indeed! Blinded by the slapped-on shiny positivity, I only realised years later what a facade it all was - and is, this society we're all supposed to uphold with our responsible actions and life choices and hard work in order to line the pockets of people who don't give a f*ck. Most of us go along with it, even strive to succeed in it, but in the end, being an obedient cog in a faceless machine is no dream. How do we deal with it? By living for the weekend, as does our protagonist in Living The Dream - and what a weekend she has.