Private Project

Unmourned

Cara is a damaged, institutionalised child, hungry for connection but unable to empathise with others. Alma is a Lithuanian teenager who’s the carer for her sickly younger sister Maija. When the two sisters visit the hospital where Cara is a long-term patient, Cara is quick to spot parentless outsiders like herself. She's fascinated. But Alma is the one she wants, and Maija is in the way... Cara's oblique, subjective point of view is rendered mostly without dialogue, with a layered, experimental soundtrack.

  • Tessa Sheridan
    Director
    Is It the Design On the Wrapper? (Palme D'or, Cannes), Chocolate Acrobat (BFI/C4). Alien Corn (ICA, festival awards, int. distribution) etc.
  • Tessa Sherida
    Writer
    see above. Step 13 feature screenplay (MEDIA EU feature devt funding).
  • Alexander Craig
    Writer
    This is Vanity (short film).
  • Rachelle Constant, Becca Wolff, David Harwood, Mark Grindrod
    Producer
    RC: Wren Boys, Two Dosas / RW: The Sermon
  • Isla Johnston
    Key Cast
    “Cara”
    [child actor]
  • Emilia-Sofia Varslauskaite
    Key Cast
    “Alma”
    [child actor]
  • Olivia Koczan
    Key Cast
    “Maija”
    [child actor]
  • Bethan Cullinane
    Key Cast
    “Sister”
    Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC): Hamlet, LEar, Cymbeline
  • Barbara Barnes
    Key Cast
    “Doctor”
    Poirot (TV), Modern Love
  • Gerry Floyd
    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Notes on Blindness (feature documentary).
  • Agnieszka Debska
    PRODUCTION DESIGN
    not known
  • Nick Adams
    SOUND DESIGN and EDIT
    the Constant Gardener; Mamma Mia; Becomign Jane etc. (drama features)
  • Chiara Armentano
    EDITING
    Exit Medea (drama feature); The Misfortunes of Francois Jane (fiction feature).
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1: 1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tessa Sheridan

Tessa Sheridan: Writer/Director ___________________________________________________________________

Tessa Sheridan has written and directed several short films, which have won awards across Europe and the US, including the Palme D’Or at Cannes and the BBC award for Best Short Drama.
Three of her feature film screenplays have won development support from Europe, the UK and Asia. Most recently STEP 13, a UK/Danish co-production, was awarded a major MEDIA EU development-to-production grant.

Tessa also works across other media. Her experimental radio play Flotsam was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and her short stories, which have won competitions including the Chester Prize, have been published in two collections to date.

With a background in music, Tessa is particularly interested in sound design as a tonal and rhythmic element in filmmaking.

She is currently developing her latest feature film project, Unmourned.
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