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"Frank said 'Where would you like to live", I said 'Anywhere but Bury St Edmunds'"
A new British short-film about the English countryside, the division of domestic labour and how so much can be solved with a cup of tea.

  • Kate Sawyer
  • Kate Sawyer
  • Kate Sawyer
  • Kate Sawyer
    Key Cast
    Between You and Me
  • James Ronan
    Key Cast
    Parental Guidance, Torpedo
  • Ricky J Payne
    Invisible Darkness, Torpedo, Stalker
  • Ricky J Payne
    Invisible Darkness, Torpedo, Stalker
  • Al Ritchie
    Original Music
  • Filipe Pereira
    Sound Design
    Invisible Darkness, Stalker, Torpedo
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Kate Sawyer

Kate Sawyer is a British actress | writer | director | producer.

TEA is her first penned and directed short film.

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Director Statement

I established The Curious Room in 2007 to tell multi-media stories inspired by folk stories and stories told by folk.

Tea is inspired by a story told by my very own folk; my Nana, Dolly.
As with all folk stories the veracity of the story lies with both the teller and the listener but there is something truth is all points of view.

I wanted to tell a story about gender stereotypes, to explore the idea of the woman in the home and to reflect on how my Grandmother's independence is no different from my own.

However, the time she lived in meant asserting that independence had different consequences. Hence setting the film in 1965 (The Guardian, FRANK is reading is from 1965 on the date of filming last August!)

I wanted to reflect on the British countryside, to explore something pastoral, to evoke a feeling of expanse, beauty but also suggesting that escape from it mightn't be easy or indeed possible!