Young, Leicester based filmmaker Jess O’Brien will be premiering her latest short film ‘Girl A’ at the Phoenix Cinema in April. The film will be screening to cast and crew before being submitted to festivals around the world following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised the fifteen year-old, £1500.
‘Girl A’ looks at the sensitive subject of violence in young people and its possible causes showing a teenage girl reprimanded by the head teacher of her school following a violent incident with another student. As we follow a section of her life over three days, the reasons for her violent behaviour are revealed.
The film was written and directed by young filmmaker Jess O’Brien and filmed over two days at the Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough and locations in Oadby. The cast consists of four young lead actors aged 13-15 from the Pauline Quirke Academy in Leicester along with thirty extras and voiceover artists.
Sara Bennett, the Oscar winning visual effects co-ordinator on ‘Ex Machina’ described the film as “very powerful” with “a good perspective on bullying”.
Jess, who was named a One to Watch by Into Film and Lord Lieutenant’s Young Artist and Person of the Year in 2016 and won the U17 Young Filmmaker category at the Fastnet Film Festival said “I feel like it’s a story that needs to be told in the most real way possible as it’s a point of view that is very rarely seen. It’s important to me that films show the stories behind the stories we sometimes just take at face value. The young people leading this project have shown amazing dedication and talent in every area of film production. I’m really happy with the final film and can’t wait to share it.”