Winning Marge

Frustrated in his relationship, John can't wait to dump his 'perfect' girlfriend Sophie in favour of her colleague Kim. But the girls have other plans and soon he starts to feel like he's the pawn in a Shakespearean bet.

  • Max Lincoln
    Director
    Thyme (Short), Woods (Short), The Chair (Short)
  • Max Lincoln
    Writer
    Thyme (Short), Woods (Short), The Chair (Short)
  • Evelyn Rooney
    Producer
    Drop: The Undergrounds Forgotten Sound (Documentary), Perfectly Colourless (Short)
  • Freya Mavor
    Key Cast
    The Sense of an Ending, Sunshine on Leith, New Worlds (TV)
  • Natalie Simpson
    Key Cast
    Tula: The Revolt, King Lear RSC, Cymbeline RSC, Hamlet RSC
  • John MacCormick
    Key Cast
    Doctor for Mr Chaplin (Short), Room 88 (Short), The Picture of Dorian Gray (White Bear Theatre)
  • Yiannis Manolopoulos
    Cinematographer
    He Took His Skin Off for Me (Short), Step Right Up (Short), Utopia (Scotland segments)
  • Louisa Thomas
    Costume Designer
    Arthur & Merlin, Orbit Ever After (Short), Skyborn (Short)
  • Sam Khoie
    Editor
    Dancing in the Ashes (Short)
  • Mackenzie Hodge
    Makeup Artist
    The Holly Kane Experiment (hair stylist & makeup artist)
  • Jordan Kotras
    1st Assistant Director
    Greyhawk, The Flying Machine, Confine
  • Jason R Moffat
    Colourist
    Appropriate Behaviour, The Curse (Short), Real Gods Require Blood (Short)
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa+
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Foyle Film Festival
    Derry City
    United Kingdom
    November 17, 2017
    World Premiere, European Premiere, UK Premiere
Director Biography - Max Lincoln

Max is a director with a love of the surreality of everyday life. Hoping to take audiences on hyper real and stylized journeys.

His largest short THYME, was shot on 16mm and won Best Student Short at the West Virginia FILMMakers Festival. The short also screened across the globe at various other festivals. Earlier shorts of his have also played at many film festivals including the London Short Film Festival. His most recent and self-funded/produced short WOODS has also been popular online featuring on 1.4 and being the Daily Pick on Film Shortage.

Alongside directing, Max has spent the past 5 years working in the art department for both features, shorts and commercials. Most recently as the Standby Art Director on the forthcoming British feature Dead In A Week.

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Director Statement

I wanted to take our protagonist from the confident position of having a long-term partner and potential new lover, to a point where like many early Coen-esk characters; he’s left alone, bewildered and having to rethink everything.

The concept was initially inspired by watching Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline and being reminded of his fantastic use of bets in a variety of his plays.