How do you grieve for someone when they weren't the person you thought they were? Portrait tells the true story of an anonymous contributor, while an artist paints an impression of the person they see behind the words. Filmed in the picturesque medieval city of Lincoln, UK, members of the public were invited to interact by writing the names of loved ones they had lost around the portrait.

  • Oliver Cowton
  • Oliver Cowton
  • Oliver Cowton
  • Hannah Douglas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,600 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Parallax Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 22, 2017
Distribution Information
  • Channel 4
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Oliver Cowton

Oliver Cowton is Writer/Director based in Lincoln, UK. He has worked on shorts and has had work featured on BBC Radio 4extra. An alumnus of the Lincoln School of Film and Media, he is currently directing a short film musical with his company (BlackBeetle Films) and is soon to be releasing "Stefón: Words I've Never Said"; a short aesthetically-driven music documentary

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Director Statement

There are so many stories buried by shame, fear and guilt. This short film hopes to bring one of those true stories to life. It tells the story of a teenage girl who loses her boyfriend to cancer only to discover he wasn't the person she thought he was. A painfully honest picture of grief.