Private Project

The Prisoner

A short psychological horror set in Victorian England, inspired by 'The Prisoner', a poem by Emily Brontë.

A young woman tries to escape her oppressive marriage, but as her suffocating anxiety grows, she is unsure if she can escape the demon.

  • Harvey Eaton
    Bet on Yourself
  • Harvey Eaton
  • Harvey Eaton
  • Sophia Carr-Gomm
    Key Cast
    "The Wife"
  • Jim Penfold
    Key Cast
    "The Husband"
  • Oli Heywood-Lonsdale
    Key Cast
    "The Black Wolf"
  • Tom o'Keefe
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Psychological Horror, Period, Short Film, Suspense, Horror, Drama, Super short, Under 10mins, Under 6mins, Sci-fi, Thriller, Female Narrative, UK Production, Limited Dialogue, Mental Health, Period Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Amira
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Exit 6 Film Festival 2020
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • New Renaissance Film Festival 2020
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Woods Hole Film Festival 2020
    Woods Hole
    United States
    July 25, 2020
    US Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Harvey Eaton

Harvey Eaton is a director and editor from London, England.

Harvey loves to represent the human condition on film, whether it's documentary, or narrative fiction. He amplifies the characteristics of people naturally and always charges his work with a genuine energy. Heading towards the more emotional side of things, he brings out strong performances. Coming from an editing background, timing is everything to him; crafting the beat and rhythm is integral to every piece of his work. As well as cutting through the tripe, only keeping what’s essential.

Harvey principally works in the world of commercials and branded content, but also loves to explore the documentary world of people. His documentary 'Bet on Yourself' won Best Documentary at the Birmingham Film Festival last year, and was nominated for 'Best Editing' at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival and was nominated for 'Best International Documentary' at Georgia Documentary Film Festival.

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Director Statement

"Our film explores marital and societal pressures in relationships, and asks the question of how much freedom there actually is when it comes to making decisions for oneself.

The film is influenced by Emily Brontë's poem 'The Prisoner', written in the 1840s when our film is set. I wanted to use allegorical elements and another time period to accentuate the internal mental anxiety that many people, especially young women, still face today and query to what extent has the freedom to make essential decisions really changed since 200 years ago."