Private Project

"Me, my Germs and James"

A teenage romantic comedy about Lilly, who is a germophobe, because of the way she was raised by her mom. She dreams of her first kiss with the guy she loves, but because of the germs she imagines in his mouth, she is not able to. Yet, her first romantic feelings are bursting through her perfectly clean heart.

  • Anastasiia Vorotniuk
    Director
  • Anastasiia Vorotniuk
    Writer
  • Justin Morse
    Producer
  • Hellena Bullen
    Key Cast
    "Lilly"
  • Isaac Birdsall
    Key Cast
    "James"
  • Sophie Jugé
    Key Cast
    "Mother"
  • Xenia Guenther
    Cinematographer
  • Davide Valsechi
    Production Designer
  • Antonio Sequeira
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance, Coming of Age
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Encounters Film Festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    September 26, 2019
    UK
    UK Student competition
Director Biography - Anastasiia Vorotniuk

Anastasiia Vorotniuk is a Ukrainian filmmaker who graduated in a Masters from The London Film School. She has studied and practiced a wide variety of subjects ranging from Acting, to Philosophy, to Photography, to Dancing and Directing, making her a very volatile filmmaker, with an artistic vision that is very unique and peculiar.

She also works as a cinematographer. Her most recent work include "Artificial Bid", "We Three" and “A Son like Others” that got into various festivals, such as “Short Shorts Film Festival” in Tokyo and “FEST-New Directors New Films Festival”.

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Director Statement

I am completely normal. The object I use the most in my daily life is not my smartphone … It’s my antiseptic. I wash fruits and vegetables with soap and I can’t stand when people are closer than three feet when they speak to me.
But my normality was disrupted when I met a guy… His “germ-careless” behaviour terrified me.

He could easily sit-down on my bed with his jeans that had just touched public surfaces ten minutes before. He never used soap to wash fruits and … He tenderly touched my face after holding on to the tube rail.

I liked him a lot but I suffered at the same time. I always felt like there was a third part in our relationship — the GERMS. These mixed feelings inspired me to write “Me, my Germs and James” in the veins of a coming-of-age romantic comedy, because I was always fond of the way teenagers express their feelings for each other.

For me, it’s very funny and relatable that they don’t yet know how to cope with this due to their naivety and inexperience. And it recalls many memories of mine where I communicated so clumsily with people that made me blush so stupidly. It’s such a pure and cute period in our lives that I wanted to capture those little funny things on camera.

Hence why this is the story of two young teenagers who are starting to explore their nature of romantic feelings, which is already not a simple task on its own, but together with Lilly’s fear of germs, this task becomes monumental.