Morally Grey

On a fateful evening in summer 1992 Leon, an experienced vagabond in his early 20s, meets Jess, a freshly runaway in her late teens. Both outcasts have no where to sleep that night so they decide to squad in the apartment of their victim. The circumstances of their meeting create an immediate bond between them. However love is an uncharted territory for both, so they slowly test out the waters, enjoying each others company. For a moment it seems like things turn around for the better until there’s an unexpected visitor at the door that challenges the new found tenderness between the pair and forces them back into old habits to protect themselves.

  • Stella Born
    Golden 20s, Orange City
  • Stella Born
  • Stella Born
  • Bradley Bolton
    Key Cast
  • Stella Born
    Key Cast
    "Jessica Alberts"
  • Kamile Kvaselyte
    Key Cast
  • Willow Bidwell
  • Matthew Wang
    Assistant Camera
  • Tamas Szabo
  • Arlo Jones
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  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama, Romance, Coming-Of-Age
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Stella Born

Stella Born directed the short film Golden 20s in 2022, which won Best Student Film at the Munich New Wave Short Film Festival and Best Female Director at the Tokyo International Short Film Festival.

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Director Statement

The story is highly inspired by road-movies like bonnie and clyde, badlands and bones and all. But with a focus on the tender moments that happen in between. There is something so endearing about characters that have been pushed to the outskirts of society and seem coldhearted yet still crave love and human connection.