Nails & Beauty

A teen girl blossoms after her transformative day with a beautiful bearded builder. Nails & Beauty is a love letter to butch womxn.

Feeling unconfident after once again being excluded by her girl gang, teenage Lucy resolves to visit 'Nails & Beauty' salon.

However, Lucy discovers that 'Nails & Beauty' is a filthy workshop staffed by butch, bearded builders; headed by Glaswegian hunk Louisa.

In a subversion of the stereotypical makeover trope, Lucy gets a rough and tough makeover involving building materials and power tools instead of cosmetics and beauty gadgets.

Lucy is enamoured with her new look - and with Louisa. As their relationship blossoms, so does Lucy. Through this radical transformation, Lucy discovers a new mode of womanhood and a space where she belongs.

  • Rhona Foster
    Director
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  • Rhona Foster
    Writer
  • Tuli Litvak
    Producer
  • Libby Mai
    Key Cast
    "Lucy"
  • Jodie Mitchell
    Key Cast
    "Louisa"
  • Lucy Garner
    Key Cast
    "Mum"
  • Kemah Bob
    Key Cast
    "Leigh"
  • Jacqui Bardelang
    Key Cast
    "J"
  • Elouise Farley
    Production Designer
  • Beatriz Delgado Mena
    Director of Photography
  • Frances Heap
    Costume
  • Rachael Philip
    Composer
  • Ed Guy
    Sound Design
  • Adam Shuttleworth
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Coming of Age, LGBTQ, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • GAZE International LGBTQ Festival 2022
    Dublin
    Ireland
    October 1, 2022
  • Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest 2022
    London
    United Kingdom
    September 23, 2022
  • Lesflicks Lfest Film Festival 2022
    Llanduno
    United Kingdom
    July 23, 2022
  • Cambridge International Film Festival 2021
    Cambridge, UK
    United Kingdom
    November 24, 2021
  • Underwire Film Festival 2022
    Online
    United Kingdom
    March 12, 2022
    Best Production Design
  • Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2022
    Brighton
    United Kingdom
    March 12, 2022
  • Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival 2022
    Ramsgate
    United Kingdom
    June 4, 2022
  • Women X 2022
    Darlington
    United Kingdom
    September 3, 2022
Director Biography - Rhona Foster

Rhona Foster is a filmmaker originally from Edinburgh now based in Margate. Rhona graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017.

Rhona developed Nails & Beauty through the Film Hub South East BFI NETWORK Short Film Development Programme.

Rhona made her first narrative short film with a commission from arts organisation The Newbridge Project (Newcastle upon Tyne) in 2018. In 2019 she created her short alice__alice with BBC Scotland & LUX for Now & Next: Artists Film Commissions and her first BFI NETWORK short Me & My Friends.

Thematically, Rhona’s films explore social issues of class, identity and gender. Rhona’s films have screened at ASFF, LSFF, BBC Arts, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery and EMBASSY Gallery.

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