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cotton candy skies

This short film is an ultra-realistic approach to a topic many find devastating and will relate to. Set in the high-school years of confusion; the film follows the effects on Tilly's social, home and mental life after her boyfriend sexually assaults her one evening. My film aims to explore this tragic reality and shine a light on taking the time to really listen and believe. A conversation and dialogue that many young men and women may benefit from.
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  • Samantha Dilena
  • Samantha Dilena
  • Lady Iris Films
  • Gwyn Hemmings
    Director of Photography
  • Chris Palmer
    Sound Designer & Recordist
  • Bailey Brooks
    Assistant Director
  • Samantha Dilena
    Key Cast
  • Jade Groves
    Key Cast
  • Anisha Hathi
    Key Cast
    "Tilly's Foster Mum"
  • Scott Browning
    Key Cast
  • Charlie Mills
  • Samantha Dilena
  • Tessa Leier
    Production Design
  • Madison Brooks
    Production Design
  • Anais Lapeyre
    Production Design
  • Ewan Windebank
    Camera Assist
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Ultra-Realism, Drama, Indie
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Samantha Dilena

A well rounded emerging actress, writer and director, Samantha Dilena is at the beginning of her career. Hard-working and dedicated to her craft, she strongly believes that there is always 'more' to learn and grow from. From her recent studies of mental health and psychological counselling, she has found her true calling and passion for creating vulnerable pieces of art. For her debut film 'cotton candy skies', she hopes to touch peoples hearts, impact their minds, make change and enable others to share their story.

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Director Statement

In late 2022, back in her home town, in Queensland Australia; Dilena began writing ‘cotton candy skies’, hoping to spread awareness of a topic, many devastatingly experience far too often. Through her recent studies of psychology, Samantha has found a voice through the art of film and acting; inspiring her to write a piece of work that translates what words alone cannot express. Samantha cannot thank her incredible crew enough. “you all have inspired me greatly; you’ve opened up my eyes to a kind and artistic humanity, that I felt was once lost”.