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'When_Voices_Unite' (2017)

Made for Channel 4's 'Random Acts'

Starring:                                      Lara Goodison

Writer & Director:                         Lewis Coates

Director of Photography:                Dan Haworth-Salter

Sound:                                         Eleanor Smart

Producer:                                     Grant Black

                                                  Julie Colman

Executive Producer:                       Helen Jenks

In March 2017, I submitted a script to Channel 4's 'Random Acts' which was quickly picked up by the team for its gripping narrative and effectiveness on a low-budget. It had to be 3-minutes or less in length, and acted as a tense, social study of internet activism and social media told entirely through a live social media feed. We watch Jess, a young female activist, discover a dark secret after following an encrypted GPS signal to an isolated location. Comments appear at the bottom of the screen, as viewers express their instant thoughts on what they're seeing, in turn affecting Jess' actions.

The short screened at a variety of film festivals across the UK, winning 'Best Screenplay' at Largo Film Awards in Switzerland and I was nominated as 'Best Young Filmmaker' at Danny Boyle's 'Shuffle Film Festival' in London, and 'Cinemagic' in Belfast.

The piece took around 3 weeks of pre-production and development and then was shot and edited in a very tense and hectic 2 days in Birmingham. It was showcased and distributed by Channel 4's 'Random Acts' on their online platforms and has been screened at a variety of short film showings around the UK since completion.