Swings and Roundabouts

A short film by Frances Loy

A grieving couple struggle to connect and heal following the loss of their child.

The Team

WRITER/DIRECTOR: FRANCES LOY

This is Frances’ short film directorial debut.

A theatre director by trade, Frances' work has traversed from traditional spaces to immersive experiences to virtual reality, from London to New York and Los Angeles, and is now segueing her professional skills with artistic collaboration, story, narrative and performers into the cinematic arts. Frances prides herself on being "an Actor's director" and has built her work around providing safe spaces for actors to truly explore and connect with their characters. Her work is ignited and inspired by intense, visceral human experiences of a darker nature; she is a collaborator who seeks to work with other artists who have a profound connection with these stories.

She co-founded and was Artistic Director of alternative space company Theatre Delicatessen in London from 2007-2012 directing several critically acclaimed productions and during which time it was described as "The Leading Light of Pop-Up Theatre" (Time Out) and one of the "Future of British Theatre" companies (The Observer); her debut production Off-Off-Broadway, of Tonight with Donny Stixx, in 2016 earnt a New York Times Critic Pick from Ben Brantley.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013 she has built immersive experiences for brands and commercials, directed work in traditional spaces and dabbled with 360 VR filmmaking; she also directs audiobooks for Penguin Random House, recently collaborating with Jeff Goldblum on Norman Einstein's The Last Palace.

Frances has recently shadowed on shows such The Orville (Fox), Tales of the City (Netflix) and Grace and Frankie (Netflix).


PRODUCER: LIBBY BRODIE

This is Libby’s debut film producing credit.

Libby Brodie is primarily a theatre producer who, after over a decade of West-End, UK and international touring experience, founded Libby Brodie Productions in 2016 with the aim of making unique and unknown productions more accessible to audiences, to develop new writing and to bring together exciting emerging talent with established industry professionals.

LBP is currently Associate Producer on Dreamworks brand new musical Madagascar (UK Tour). Previous independent productions include the European premiere of Waiting For Waiting For Godot (St James Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (UK Tour), the world premiere of Run The Beast Down (Marlowe Theatre, Finborough Theatre), the UK’s first ever live-reading of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (Senate House), Permanence (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto), the European premiere of Dream of the Dog (Finborough Theatre, Trafalgar Studios), the immersive international event Orwell’s Down and Out Live in London (Stone Nest) and Paris (Le Generale) and the original Theatre Uncut, which Libby co-founded in 2011, producing its first flagship shows (Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Latitude Festival).


EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: RACHEL GOLD

Rachel Gold is a British producer who is a 2018 awardee of the John Brabourne Awards. Her production company Bay Horse Pictures Ltd (BHP) has been set up to develop and produce independent film and TV projects and two of the large scale feature projects Rachel partners with Chris Kenny (Empire of the Sun, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) .

Rachel works freelance as a producer, line producer and production manager. Commercial work includes content for the likes of NBC Universal and EE. She is working on a number of film and TV projects with executive producer Andrew Baker, one of the UK’s leading media advisors and former co-founder and CEO of KidsCave Entertainment.


DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVID BIRD

David Bird attended Bournemouth Art College. Subsequently ended up working on Commercials, Music videos and David’s last movie as a AC, Rogue One: a Star Wars Story.

He has since stepped up to Director of Photography, and is on the New Talent Roster at LUX, and has representation in the USA with UTA.

Working on commercials with brands Apple, Nike, Adidas and this year was nominated for Best Cinematography for short film War Has No Eyes at the British Independent Film Festival, which was shot on Kodak 500T Film negative.


EDITOR: JAY ROWAN-TANNER

Jay grew up in Scotland and earnt her Associates Degree with Honours in Video Production and received the Best Portfolio Award from The Art Institute of Atlanta. She is the first member on both sides of her family to have a University education. As an Editor and Producer for several Fortune 500 companies Jay’s skills were truly developed as a team leader. Jay has created and consulted on several businesses and most notably garnered “The Totally Awesome Award” for her creation of the indoor-playspace “the Great Escape Club”. She is close to completing the UCLA Extension Directing Certificate.


COMPOSER: RENATA MELLÃO

Renata was born in Brazil and studied theatre, film history, editing and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She has always had a strong interest in photography, art, philosophy and music. After college, Renata studied film scoring and classical composition for several years, as well as completing the UCLA professional program in screen writing. Since then, Renata has been writing and developing projects with her partner and composing original music for film.


PRODUCTION DESIGNER: KAT HEATH

Katharine trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art and Central Saint Martins.

Designs for performance include: Bridges y Puentes (Ragroof Players, Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Miniature Museum (Punchdrunk Enrichment); The Redux Project (Richard Dedomenici, BAC/BBC), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Two Worlds of Charlie F(Theatre Royal Haymarket), Bee Detective (Tin Bath, Southbank Centre & National Tour); Bush Bazaar, Fun Palaces (The Bush); The ‘Neath, La Boheme, Flocking/ Crowd Joy, Dido and Aeneas, Edward Sharpe (Vaults/ Old Vic Tunnels).

Designs for the screen include: Belle & Sebastian – Nobody’s Empire (The Forest of Black), Kathryn Williams – Monday Morning (Johnny Favourite), The Males – Cut Her Off, Screen Test (Cut Chorus), Ophelia (Copperhead Productions), The One (Rabble & Rouser), The Wee King of Nowhere (Dark Edge Films).


PRODUCTION MANAGER : NATALIE GOTHELF

Natalie has over a decade of experience in the film and creative content industries. Starting out at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Manhattan and then Mad Chance Entertainment in Los Angeles, Natalie got her feet wet learning from some of the most experienced Producers and Executives in the industry, before taking a marketing job at 20th Century Fox in Sydney, Australia.

Returning to her home town of London, England, Natalie forged a successful career in film production, with credits including Assassins Creed, The BFG, Mortdecai, Queen of the Desert and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

In establishing her production company, NKD Films, Natalie's mission is to create original content for film, television and digital platforms and to narrate universal stories and experiences that are essential to our understanding of who we are collectively and individually.