Something Else

Faced with the sudden disappearance of her beloved Shadow, Judith calls upon her estranged daughter Lily to return home and help her with the search.

But when Judith gets a devastating call from a local farmer, Lily is forced to face up to her mother’s grief and come to terms with her own.

  • Martha Treves
  • Martha Treves
  • Lia Gomez-lang
  • Samantha Spiro
    Key Cast
  • Isis Hainsworth
    Key Cast
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    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Martha Treves

Martha is a writer, director and photographer from Dorset. Her creative work centres around characters and unique stories; she is interested in portraying all aspects of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary.

Her debut film To The Sea premiered at LSFF 2021 and since then her work has been shown on Nowness, Fact Mag, Minute Shorts, Shorts on Tap and Shooting People.

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Director Statement

Loneliness and loss are two things that everyone will experience at some point in their life. I remember my mum once telling me that the death of one’s pet can also be a reminder of all the other grief in a person’s life, and I think this is so true. It’s devastating to lose an animal, a companion, but it can also heighten and emphasise a person’s loneliness, lack of companionship and re-open historical wounds of loss. Something Else is an attempt to capture these experiences, exploring the nuances of mother-daughter relationships after a child grows up and leaves home.

This film feels relevant now as we are living through a time when lots of things feel very disconnected. We communicate with loved ones through screens, buy food from large supermarkets with no idea where it comes from and casually read atrocities in the news before scrolling on Instagram. I’m as big a culprit for this as anyone else. In Something Else Judith and Lily are disconnected in many ways. Lily lives in the city, miles away from the land she grew up in, whilst Judith remains deeply rooted in the countryside. They both are lonely, suffering in different ways, yet fail to vocalise this to each other. Despite this, there are moments of connection between them and this is where the hope lies.