Surrender

Inspired by Katherine’s final monologue in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, ‘Surrender’ follows a young mother’s journey towards the total surrender of herself, for the sake of her daughter.

  • Oskar Brockbank
    Director
  • Sophie Swithinbank
    Writer
  • Oskar Brockbank
    Writer
  • Oskar Brockbank
    Producer
  • Phoebe Ladenburg
    Key Cast
    "Mother"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Oskar Brockbank

Oskar Brockbank is a film director from London. Since graduating with a 1st class honours in Film & TV from from The University of Edinburgh in 2017, Oskar has worked on several films and shows such as HBO's 'Watchmen', NBC Universal's 'Brave New World' and Amazon's 'Hanna season 3'. In 2020 Oskar received an MVA nomination for his work as producer and editor on 'Arlo Parks - Black Dog'. 2021 has seen Oskar write and direct two short films, 'Surrender' and 'Olly Disappears'.

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Director Statement

When writer Sophie Swithinbank sent me ‘Surrender’ it was the first time I had been approached from an external writer to make a film. This was a new and fascinating challenge, tapping into someone else’s story and vision. The film is based on the actor Phoebe Ladenburg's personal experience of motherhood, and for me to be granted the opportunity to immerse myself in someone else's inner world was a hugely engaging and humbling experience. Postnatal depression is not a subject frequently explored on screen, despite it being a very real and very common experience for women. Both Sophie, Phoebe and I wanted to represent that experience, and create a film that was a honest depiction of a woman struggling to come to terms with her new role as a mother. Originally part of a monologue written for the stage, I wanted to honour the strength of Sophie's words, and let the dialogue drive the story forward. This was a new challenge for me, as my previous work was very much image and sound driven.