UPPER AIR

A couple's weekend in the hills goes off track when they have to share their walkers' hut with an eccentric resident.

  • Louis Cunningham
    Key Cast
    "Ethan"
    Wonder Woman 1984, Bridgerton, Marie Antoinette
  • Pater Macqueen
    Key Cast
    "Isaac"
    Supernova, The Creeping
  • Eleanor D'Souza
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
  • Lionel Playford
    Key Cast
    "Isaac's Family / Art Dep."
    Sky Portrait Artist Of The Year
  • Ollie Lansdell
    Cinematography
  • Dylan Byrne
    Sound
  • Nancy Case
    Sound
  • Guy Henderson
    Sound
    Elle (Cannes)
  • Pecq & the Orchestra Of St John's
    Music
  • Olivia Frost Bradley
    Producer
  • Bruno Atkinson
    Producer
  • Theodore Simmons
    Producer
  • Theodore Simmons
    Writer-Director-Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    drama, comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:40:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Manchester International Film Festival 2022

    United Kingdom
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival 2022

    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Keswick Film Festival 2023

    United Kingdom
    Osprey Short Film Awards
  • London Indie Shorts Festival 2022

    United Kingdom
    Semi-Finalist
  • Berlin Indie Film Festival 2022

    Germany
    Cinematography Award
  • Montreal Arthouse Film Festival 2022

    Canada
    Semi Finalist Best Cinematography
  • Stockholm City Film Festival 2021

    Sweden
    Best International Short Finalist
  • Lonely Wolf London International Film Festival 2022
    London
    United Kingdom
    Top 10 Nominee Shortlist: Best British Short Film, Best Ensemble Cast
Director Biography

Theodore Simmons (25) is a filmmaker from Cumbria UK ~ with experience directing shoots from Nairobi to Berlin, he's most at home telling rural stories. He also works across values-led commercial, non-fiction and art projects exploring environment and perception.

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Director Statement

UPPER AIR explores the layers of experience and idealisation we paint over the natural world.

The film was made possible by crowdfunding, local Cumbrian Arts networks and friends from Oxford University Film Foundation - huge thanks to our backers and those who lent time and kit.