Personal Space is a short film that I have been working on for a number of years. It first started to take shape during a 48 Hour Film Challenge in 2015, but was unfortunalty left unfinsihed.
In 2016 my good friend and collaborator Dan Davis and I re-shot the film, with him in the starring role. After a lot of work, it is now finished and will debut at the 2018 FGU Film Festival in April. It will then go on to be shown at the Cefalù Film Festival in Sicily, Italy.
The story follows a lonely astronaut through their day-to-day life. Friendship is at the heart of the film and is soemthing that was at the heart of the process too.
Pink - Short Film Commission
Pink is a short film about old age and remembering the lives we’ve lived. About love and the moments in time that stay with us forever. Set in both present-day United Kingdom and 1940s Iran, Pink explores the secrets of a Grandmother and a life seemingly forgotten.
Thanks to a Raw Film Commission from Exeter Phoenix Pink was shot over summer 2016.
Pink Premiered at the Two Short Nights Film Festival at Exeter Phoenix in December 2016.
It has gone on to be selected for and screened at, the Corvallis Queer Film Festival 2017 (USA), The 2017 Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival (Greece), The 2017 World of Film International Festival Glasgow and the 2018 CineMe screening event in (Bristol, UK).
Raw Film Commission: The commission was aimed at Devon’s most promising young filmmaking talent. Expecting applicants to be committed, creative and passionate about transforming ideas into big-screen stories. Ideas speak to a cinema audience and will be innovative and unique enough to sit before the Studio 74 Cinema programme.
Feature Interview by Devon & Cornwall Film: http://www.devon-cornwall-film.co.uk/2016/11/09/interview-bethan-highgate-betts/
Writer/Director - Bethan Highgate-Betts
Director of Photography - James Mccoll
Composer - Tom Berges
Producer - Zoé Fidel
Production Assistant - David Robbins
Drou Constantinou, Sofia Murwadon, Dorothy Chapman, Elly Forty, Daniel Davis, Olly Forty, James Mccoll
Basic Space - Immersive Promenade Performance
People passing all around. Cars, voices, noises blurring into background sound. Faces one by one fading into the distance.
Basic Space explores how easy it can be to feel completely alone on a busy city street. People bustling all around. Nameless faces passing by. The isolation that can be felt in the every day, even when surrounded by people.
Follow 2 astronauts as they embark upon a journey across the city. Together and alone, on a quiet quest for connection.
This visually compelling pilgrimage across a familiar landscape explores what many endure on an everyday basis. With themes of mental illness and isolation, Basic Space is a reflective journey that delves into our need for connection and what happens when it is lacking.
For intimate audiences, each audience member is given a headset connected to pre-recorded audio as we journey through the city together.
First Line Theatre made up of: Bethan Highgate-Betts, Dan Davis & James Mccoll.
Running time: 30 mins (approx)
Plymouth Art Weekender 2017
Plymouth Fringe 2016
The Edwardian Cloakroom Bristol 2016
Hijacked Festival 2016
Poltimore Festival 2016 & 2017
The Future Project: Inland Arts Festival Redruth 2016
Party in the Town, Totnes 2017
Plymouth Art Weekender 2018
Supported by residencies from The Bike Shed Theatre Exeter, Exeter City Council and Bristol City Council.
Bike Shed Theatre: https://www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk