A delightfully unexpected short about self discovery written, directed and edited by London/Paris-based filmmaker Rory Bentley. Shot in his own house on a crowd-funded budget of just over £1000, “Varken” follows a young woman struggling with unemployment as well as a creeping suspicion that deep down she is actually a pig.

In order to create the subtly surreal atmosphere, Bentley enlisted cinematographer Adam Singodia, a stylishly unsettling score from Giuseppe Alfano and disconcerting sound design honed by Morgan Williams. As Bentley charmingly described the project to us:

“I think our society likes to think of itself as being quite late on in history when really we don’t know anything about our emotional inheritance and we shy away from the fact that we are still very much ruled by our animalistic drives. But, despite those grand pretentious notions, it was also just a really fun wacky piece to make!”

See full credits and some behind-the-scenes shots from the shoot below!

Written, Directed & Edited by Rory Bentley
Producer: Sophie Peacock
Cinematographer: Adam Singodia
Camera Assistants: Will Nash, Tobias Rothwell
Gaffer: Luca Piercey
Sound Recordist: Louis Tompkins
Sound Design: Morgan Williams
Hair & Makeup: Abigail Mills
VFX: Matthew Thomas
Art: Lily Morris

Starring:
Susannah Scott
Laurie Coldwell
Daryl Green
Andy Peppiette

Music Composed and Performed by Giuseppe Alfano
First Violin: Susannah Scott

Executive Producer: Roshan Vohra
Associate Producers:
Charles Marfleet
Hugo Marfleet
David Scott
Penelope Cooper
Neil Cooper
Bill Dhariwal

Thanks to:
Daniella Gellner
Freddie Waters
Jack Peppiette
Wendy Peacock
Dominic Di Rollo
Ellie Bentley
Jacobine Scott
Matthew Davies
Richard Cullen
And all our wonderful Indiegogo Donors

 

 

 

 

 

 

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