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Reparation

Two semi-studious students living in 'Korea-Town' are interrupted & intrigued by the actions of a girl in a nearby building, witnessed via CCTV, whilst each trying to come to terms with important subjects in their university projects [one Korean related: the Sewol ferry tragedy, and one British: the Grenfell tower incident], as well as their own life challenges in this claustrophobic tragicomedy of alienation, helping hands & secretive students.

Is all really what it seems?

[See long synopsis in Press Kit for specific Korean related / local themes]

  • Jason Verney
    Director
    PAN Asian
  • Jason Verney
    Writer
    PAN Asian
  • Jason Verney
    Producer
    PAN Asian
  • Hyojung Jung
    Key Cast
    "Seul Kim"
  • Wooyeon La
    Key Cast
    "Soojung Lee"
  • Tong Wu
    Key Cast
    "The Girl"
  • Sherice Griffiths
    Director of Photography
  • Sean Mcalinden
    Sound
  • Kevin Macleod
    Music
  • Natalia Abrol
    Camera Assistant
  • Timothy Holm
    Advisor
  • Jason Verney
    Camera
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Human Rights, Social Issues, Video Art, Social Justice, Environmental, Ecological, Tragedy
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English, Korean
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival
    Kolkata
    India
    July 31, 2021
    Indian Premiere
    Special Festival Mention
  • Indian World Film Festival
    Hyderabad
    India
    March 6, 2022
    Honorable Jury Mention
Director Biography - Jason Verney

British-born Jason Verney is an established video artist, independent filmmaker, videographer and journalist.

Although mostly self-taught in the process of filmmaking, he combines his experience of working on film sets over the years, and courses attended at the Met Film School in Ealing and Raindance in Central London, with his love for writing, creating and ultimately directing.

His screenplays from 20 years ago may differ hugely to his recent works - which focus on different cultures and social issues - but his passion for Asian cultures and Asian cinema is what drives his fiction and documentary ideas.

Jason's current film projects are focused more on Korean culture and its diaspora, resulting in Korea-related video art which resided in the well-known Kingston Museum and being commissioned to film a variety of events at the prestigious Korean Cultural Centre UK, for much of the last decade.

Other highlights include film work in Jeju, South Korea and creating an interactive a music video for a track by esteemed musician, Damon Albarn (Blur; Gorillaz), which rather predictably, perhaps, featured a Korean actress.

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Director Statement

I created this film after seeing a certain location close to my home, which features a stairwell, or staircase. I envisaged a story, or part of a story which could go one way or another.

From this originated a story about a girl performing a particular task, and to elaborate on what she may or may not be doing and her reasons I developed a parallel story concerning two students.

Due to my passion with Korean subjects and an interest in the Korean diaspora I created two characters who are still getting a grasp on the English language and living in a foreign land.

With my knowledge and experience of social issues both in Korea and the UK I sprinkled some of these into the character's dialogue, and their university projects, as well as hinting at the mystery girl's life.

Reparation can have more than one meaning in this film, as indeed can the word "Separation" and I hope to provide some 'food for thought' on various matters touched on in this filmic experiment.