Experiencing Interruptions?


A chance encounter between two women on the Mersey ferry leads to an exploration of the loss they both carry and how they navigate life and memories in its wake.

  • Karl Livingstone
  • Karl Livingstone
  • Catherine Horn
  • Selina Murphy
  • Tracy Gabbitas
    Key Cast
    That Day We Sang, Don't Blame Jack, Wraith
  • Nicola Gardner
    Key Cast
    Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Brookside, The Royal
  • Connor Di Leo
    Director of Photography
  • Michael Mckay
    Sound Recordist
  • Tom Forfar
    Sound Mixer
    Sometimes Always Never, Unsung Hero: The Jack Jones Story
  • Karl Livingstone
    Brutalism, Covid-19
  • Rebekka Busch
    BTS Photographer
  • Susan Hughes
    Supporting Cast
  • Joseph Livingstone
    Music by
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 21 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Blade and Bow Films/The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Short Film Showcase
    United Kingdom
    September 21, 2023
    World Premier
    Official Selection
  • Lancaster International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 2, 2024
    Lancaster Premier
    Best Narrative Short
  • HOME MCR: Filmed Up
    United Kingdom
    June 4, 2024
Director Biography - Karl Livingstone

Karl Livingstone is an award winning, Liverpool based filmmaker striving to tell human stories that resonate with people from all walks of life in striking, stylistic ways.

Originally trained as a theater actor, Karl made the transition to film early in his career; learning the aspects, challenges and needs of many departments along the way.

During his time studying filmmaking at The University of Salford, Karl co-founded “The Salford Film Society", working with peers and professionals alike to hone his craft.

After finishing his studies, Karl created experimental short films whilst working as a freelance video producer. He worked closely with Joseph Cross of “Courteeners” fame to direct multiple music videos for Northern bands.

He now runs “Seven Streets Production House Ltd.” alongside his partner, Catherine and their partner in crime, Selina.

His latest writer/director endeavor with Seven Streets, “Wake” premiered in the historic Glasgow Film Theatre and continues to earn accolades at festivals across the world.

His inspirations include Christopher Nolan, Hideaki Anno and Werner Herzog.

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Director Statement

Wake is a project I will forever hold near and dear to my heart. As someone who struggled with loss and the tainted memories left behind, I wanted to explore this specific aspect of grief and share this universal process. It is also why I have dedicated this film to my grandma and great auntie.

This piece filmed in a 3:4 narrow aspect ratio in black & white to show the starkness of this story and the distance in which we view it from. The story is captured in a cold, stark manner. Looming landscapes and cold horizons of dark water turn what is normally the beautiful vista of the River Mersey into a haunting, cold world for our story to take place.

I also wanted to use the opportunity to platform local and diverse talent. Help people on their creative journeys and their careers and foster a network of collaborators on both sides of the camera. My home (Liverpool) and the wider region (Northern England) has vast talent and art just waiting to be shown to the world.