On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction

They Found Her in a Field

Ellie Rogers

Haunted by the death of her classmate, Martha returns, ten years on, to their old meeting place. But as the memories of their relationship come flooding back, she must confront the tragic mystery that put an end to it. They Found Her in a Field explores the cyclical nature of trauma, how some scars can never heal and how specific places can hold a profound significance in our lives, for better or worse.

Ellie is a queer writer/director with a passion for telling stories about young people, often exploring themes of grief and identity. She recently directed an episode for BBC's Spark series on iPlayer, which has since been nominated for a Broadcast Digital Award. Her short 'They Found Her in a Field' won the Hijack Visionary Filmmaker award at Aesthetica 2019, and screened at worldwide festivals including Leeds International, BFI Flare and Raindance. Her previous short 'Outlines' was nominated for the Iris Prize Best British Short in 2017. Ellie also directs educational content for History Bombs, winning her a Children’s BAFTA in 2017. She is a member of BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2021 and alumni of BFI NETWORK’s Weekender programme 2019.