Private Project

Surface Noise

Inspired by true events, SURFACE NOISE is told from the perspective of a young PTSD victim as she transitions back into empowerment, and a psychologist who goes beyond conventional methods to help her.

  • Ella Rose Howlett
  • Ella Rose Howlett
  • Ella Rose Howlett
  • Kitty McMurdo-Schad
  • Rachel Doherty
    Key Cast
  • Toby Jeffries
    Key Cast
  • Tatenda Wayne Mazadza
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Ella Rose Howlett

Recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, Ella is an award-winning filmmaker who’s been making films for 10 years and working professionally in the industry as an editor and director for 5 years. Ella makes films on the basis of feeling a connection to a story. When directing and editing, she goes by the rule: “if the ‘goosebumps’ moment isn’t felt yet, I don’t give up until it is.”

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Director Statement

‘Surface Noise’ was inspired by a true story. When I was told it, it hit a nerve with me. I only make films about matters which mean something significant to me. On top of the fact that something has happened to a surprising number of people I know personally, including my big sister, it is also because of that feeling of uncertainty – that something might happen to you when you’re walking home in the dark. Truth is, this is the reality that we live in unfortunately. While it’s never our fault and we can do very little about it, I believe there are things we can do to prevent such things happening to us, which is why I want to promote the importance of learning self-defence.
I also find the effects of PTSD extremely interesting, as I grew up with a father who suffered from it severely. While he is much better now, he still tells me the story of how his therapist took him through his first ‘breakthrough’. Dad was involved in a serious car accident. He actually died from it, but was brought back to life by the paramedics. His brain completely blacked out the entire experience, so during one session after 6 months of working towards this, his therapist asked him to try to recall the event. Once he remembered one small thing, it all flooded back into his brain at once (the memories). He did not feel pain during the accident, but remembered it that day in the therapists office. He broke down. It was a massive breakthrough, as it was this moment when his brain was able to let go of what it didn’t want to remember.