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Truly madly deeply
In honour of this traditional day of romance and devotion we bring you three short films about love but not as we know it

Mindseye director Jim Archer‘s short film Brian and Charles comes up with an ideal solution when the pain of isolation gets a little too grim to bare.

Meanwhile, we ask Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) and free-roaming animator George Wu about their visual approach to relationships.

Light Beings is a surreal love story of magnetic attraction – what inspired the narrative?

Natasha Khan: “I went to that swimming hole several times over the summer and watched people jumping in from different heights. I wondered how it would be to go there alone and see someone jumping and for something magical to happen as a result. The story then became about meeting places for lovers, about time and worlds separating them. If you were in love with an alien being, where would you secretly meet?”

Your film is about that space of wondering about the other person – the elephant in the room. What inspired your script?

George Wu: “This script is based on the personal experiences between myself, Meng-Chia and two close friends. Everything in the film has happened to someone we know; it’s like a friendzone documentary.”


Brian and Charles

Directed and edited By: Jim Archer
Written by and starring: David Earl And Chris Hayward
Produced by: Rupert Majendie
Cinematography by: Toby Goodger
Production company: Mindseye
Camera Assistant: Josh Govett
Sound Mix: James Torrance
Post Production: Rushes
Post Producer: Mireille Antoine
Colourist: Simona Cristea

Light Beings

Written & Directed by: Natasha Khan
Production Company: Lief
Producer: Margo Mars
Music by:
 Bat for Lashes with Bobby Krlic
DITA Editor In Chief: Pete Hellyer
 Diego Vazquez (Deteast)
Sound Design: Eddie Kim (Therapy Studios)
Line Producer: Neil Brown
DOP: John W. Rutland