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When Lily Edwards' (Jessica Kinsey) twin sister dies, she is carried to the mysterious ReBirth agency for help. Run by the enigmatic Nameless Man (Michael Howarth) and Mr “Smith” (Mark Farrelly), the agency promises to implant her sister's mind and memories into a new body.

With award-winning Director of Photography Ali Asad (“Doctor Who”, “Bonded by Blood”, “A Lonely Place to Die”), ReBirth is a sci-fi noir which explores the nature of identity.

  • William Brooke
    The Nature of Time
  • William Brooke
    The Nature of Time
  • Linzy Attenborough
    Exodus, On the Line, The Darkness & Glamour, A Different Kind of Woman
  • Jessica Kinsey
    Key Cast
    "Lily Edwards"
    Golden Years, Exposed
  • Michael Howarth
    Key Cast
    The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Mark Farrelly
    Key Cast
  • Phil Zimmerman
    Key Cast
    Les Misérables (2012), Dracula Untold (2014), Dumbo (2019).
  • Ali Asad
    Bonded by Blood, A Lonely Place to Die, Mad to be Normal, The Wee Man.
  • Sara Pinar Onder
    Art Director
    The Mortician, Fetch, Welcome to the Machine Bahaar, Exodus
  • Roly Witherow
    On The Edge, Gregor (2015), Pregnant Pause (2016), Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Sara Buxton
    Meg 2: The Trench (2023), The Northman (2022), Enola Holmes (2020)
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    Sci-Fi, Noir, Horror
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 27, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - William Brooke

William is a multiple award-winning director and filmmaker, with his previous film “The Nature of Time” having won several awards and honourable mentions in top festivals worldwide. As a Theoretical Physicist his passion is making accessible, innovative and engaging productions which explore the limits of mankind’s understanding of the universe and the implications to our humanity.

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Director Statement

My favourite films are like nightmares, with a single emotional idea at their core. We are carried through the film by people, objects or associations in a seamless, dreamlike way so that we can never quite be sure how we got there.

Inspired by the novels of Kafka and Dostoyevsky, in ReBirth we explore a world similar to ours but not our own, where the usual social norms and rules do not apply and everything is slightly “off”. It is set out-of-time, borrowing wardrobe, props and cinematic language from multiple eras designed to leave the audience feeling a little off-balance and with a sense of the uncanny. Wide-angle lenses, high contrast ratios, off-balance compositions and a muted colour palette communicate the claustrophobia, paranoia and decay of the world.

At its heart the film looks at how we think about and define ourselves. Each character wraps their identity up in external ideas: Lily is defined by her appearance and how others perceive her, Smith by control and dominance, and Nameless Man by his scientific achievements and knowledge.

This externalisation of their identity leaves each of them in a state of loneliness and despair. By the film’s end, each character realises the hollow nature of their sense of self. Without any other ways of defining themselves they reach further into their external definitions of who they are since this is all they know how to do, but this can and does only exacerbate their crises, leading to anger (Smith), emptiness (Lily) and mania (Nameless).