Wish You Were Gone

Wish You Were Gone follows Olivia, a germaphobe who is becoming increasingly stressed due to the COVID Pandemic. She is beginning to lose track of herself and is starting to forget that any life outside of her home exists.

  • Andres Ortiz Pinilla
    Walkman, The Day Before, Home, After Hours.
  • Joseph Hearsey
  • Jamie Gibson
  • Joseph Hearsey
  • Ramona Marquez
    Key Cast
    The King's Speech, Enid, Arthur Christmas, Outnumbered, A Laud Silence, 7 hours on Earth.
  • Elsie Marquez
    Key Cast
    Call the Midwife.
  • Louis Hearsey
    Key Cast
    "Delivery Boy"
  • Kai-Yan Lai
    Repeter, Dancing in the Dark.
  • Jojo Bossman
  • Miguel Jesus
    2 AC/Gaffer
  • Angela Lai
    Executive Producers
  • Hong Lai
    Executive Producers
  • Maria Laura Princi Ventura
    Executive Producers
  • Richard Mott
    Associate Producers
  • George Rumsey
    Associate Producers
  • Angela Nocheva
    Production Designer/Continuity Supervisor
  • Fran Christie
    Sound Designer
  • Marco Anastasio
  • Olivia Ecclestone
  • Jess Nichols
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, COVID-19
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,453 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Middlesex University
  • First-Time Filmmaker Online Sessions

    June 10, 2021
    Official Selection
  • UK Monthly Film Festival

    May 31, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cult Movies International Film Festival

    June 5, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off Online Sessions

    June 3, 2021
    Official Selection
  • NIFF London

    June 28, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Apex Film Awards

    July 1, 2021
    Official Selection/Finalist
  • The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

    July 3, 2021
    Official Selection
  • The Paus Premieres Festival

    July 7, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cinemagic Film Festival

    September 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Anarchy Film Festival

    October 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Shadow Film Festival

    November 2, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Joseph Hearsey

Joseph Hearsey is an aspiring director and screenwriter born in Brighton, a city along the south coast of the UK. He is currently based in London where he is studying film at university and is working on his latest short film titled ‘Wish You Were Gone’. Joseph believes that film is the most engaging medium to capture personal, authentic stories with a fascination with realistic cinema inspired by the work of The Safdie Brothers.

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Director Statement

‘Wish You Were Gone’ offers a rare first-hand insight into life during the lockdown and explores how far someone is willing to go to escape their mundane reality. Joseph believes that film is the most engaging medium to capture personal, authentic stories. His fascination with realistic cinema is shown through his interesting set practices where he hides the crew in the set to allow for a natural performance from the actors and believes this is key to creating a realistic character. Joseph ensures that ‘Wish You Were Gone’ will make for a fascinating watch and is an approach to cinema that audiences have never seen before.