During a heated argument with her younger lover over a sudden departure, Olive falls into the memories that originally drew them together.

  • Céline Ribard
  • Gaël Van Den Bossche
    The Community (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Rats (Etcetera Theatre) & Jammie Dodger (The Vaults)
  • Lydia Bland
    Pelicans, Fred Forever & Woman Meat Man
  • Céline Ribard
    Wanderers, The Myth Of Control & The Binoculars
  • Elen Rhys
    Key Cast
    The Mallorca Files, The Return of the Yuletide Kid & The Bastard Executioner
  • Haruka Abe
    Key Cast
    Cruella, Quiet, Snake Eyes & Avenue 5
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  • Genres:
    Romance, LGBTQ, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic G2, Ultra HD
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Director Biography - Céline Ribard

Céline Ribard is a director and producer based in London, UK.
After a Design BA, Céline moved from France to the UK where she started in the costume department before quickly moving to production. She is a graduate of the ‘Producing Your First Feature’ course at the National Film and Television School. She keeps on developing her own independent projects as a producer and/or director alongside her work as a Production Coordinator in TV drama. Recent work includes ‘Stagger’ a short film shot in August 2020, which she produced and directed, starring Elen Rhys and Haruka Abe.

In her free time, Céline created and runs WxIF, an independent magazine that celebrates female-led projects in film and tv, with interviews from various industry players such as Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec, Moxie). She is a member of Primetime and Rising Women, a sub-division of Time’s Up UK.

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Director Statement

With this short film, I wanted to explore the vulnerability of women, for better or for worse, through their words and their physical expressions. A small scale story with big emotions.
In today’s climate audiences want to see stories of people who are less represented told by those whose stories they are. As a queer woman, I felt the need to tell a story showing how explosive, intimate and sometimes harsh women can be when together. This is achieved by depicting and contrasting a relationship along two timelines, showing it at its highest and lowest points.
Filmed in London in August 2020 during the covid 19 pandemic, this intimate film was shot with a very small crew on location, on a tiny budget of under £2K. I’m incredibly grateful to the time and expertise given by the brilliant - majority female - team who made Stagger the best it could be under challenging conditions.
‘Stagger’ is a proof of concept for a feature film, now in development. Off the back of global successes like Carol, Portrait of A Lady on Fire and Ammonite, this feels like the perfect time to move forward with a nuanced, powerful LGBTQ+ piece. - Céline.