A fun short about one woman’s tortured​ ​affair​ ​with​ ​cigarettes written and directed by London-based RCA grad Christine Hooper. The film’s distinctive visual style is a mix of Wes Anderson-inspired colours as well as the techniques of classic cinema — using backdrops, hand-made props, miniatures and in-camera tricks rather than relying on computerized effects to recreate the fanciful facades, 90s-style photos or ‘Hurlboro” cigarette packages.

As Hooper described the project to us, “The Last Time” offers a relatable alternative to the “humourless piety” of most anti-smoking content, wisely noting: “it’s​ ​rarely​ ​as​ ​simple​ ​as​ ​dumping​ ​a​ ​bad​ ​habit​ ​and​ ​never looking​ ​back.​” See full credits below (Fun Fact: Twelve​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​and​ ​crew​ ​were​ ​smokers​ ​or​ ​ex​ ​smokers).

Written and Directed by Christine Hooper
Voiceover: Charlotte Ritchie

Lucy: Heather Winstanley
Sam: Josh Taylor
Additional Cast:
Sally Stevens
Liran Nathan
Ruth Judge
Jack Philips
Dan Baker
Greet Kallikorm
Sophia Attais

Producers:
Greet Kallikorm
Christine Hooper
Executive Producers:
Bart Yates
Christine Hooper
Director of Photography: Ian Forbes
Art Director: Ruth Pickard
Editor: Kelly Armstrong
Costume: Sabina Piccini
Composer: Terence Dunn
Sound Design: Joe Wilkinson
Production Manager: Alli Albion
1st AD: Dan Baker
1st Camera Assistant: Jake McClean
2nd Camera Assistant: Isabel Boddy
Gaffer: Robbie Gray
Spark: Elinor Williams
Hair & Makeup:
Laura Miles
Sophia Attais
Storyboard Artists:
Andrew Neil
Simon Cartwright

Art Department Assistants:
Grym Leighton
Phil Medhurst
Laura Castellano
Jessica Robinson
Sarah Deane
Sarah Duffield-Harding
Andy Ralst
Ruth Judge
Tom Harnett O’Meara

Runners:
Hector Gifford
Katie Millner
Additional Background Photography:
Jasmine Holm
Nicholas Hendrick
Michelle Devall
Compositing:
Christine Hooper
Stephen McNally
Grade:
Mark Meadows @ Smoke & Mirrors

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