Yard Kings

Comedy, Drama
15 mins
United Kingdom
English
Winner
  • FFTG AwardJury Choice Best Debut Short Film (Social Realism-UK) - Billy King
  • FFTG AwardBest Director - Vasco Alexandre
  • FFTG AwardBest Writer - Vasco Alexandre & Billy King
  • FFTG AwardBest Actor - David Price
  • FFTG AwardBest Actress - Elle Atkinson
  • FFTG AwardBest Supporting Actress - Caroline Lazarus
  • FFTG AwardBest Cinematography - Jakub Rogala
  • FFTG AwardBest Sound Design - Zuzanna Pencak
  • FFTG AwardBest Production Design - Miriam Abdulameer

The film follows the story of Ellie, a young girl from a violent home. The 9-year-old seems to escape from her harsh reality by spending her days in the woods of a nearby scrapyard with her friend, Pete. There, the pair have built a new home for themselves. One night, after witnessing the horrifying abuse of her mother, Ellie decides to come back home and confront her stepfather.

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Title: 

Yard Kings

Original Title: 

Yard Kings

Production Year: 

2021

Director: 

Cast: 

Elle Atkinson – “Ellie”
David Price – “Pete”
Caroline Lazarus – “Lisa” (The Watchman, Infill & Full Set (short), Shelter (short), Londongrad (TV series), Humans (TV series), Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay (TV series)
Jermaine Ricketts – “Alfie” (Sex, Lies & Murder (TV series)

Producer: 

Billy King

Writer: 

Billy King

Editor: 

Aiden Tobin

Dir. of Photography: 

Jakub Rogala

Sound Design:

Zuzanna Pencak

Music:

Elliot Herrington

Production Design:

Miriam Abdulameer

Costumes:

Billy King

Festival: 

Category: 

Short Film, Student

Country: 

United Kingdom

Language: 

English

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Director's Statement

With families in lockdown worldwide, hotlines are lighting up with abuse reports. The violence is more frequent, more severe and more dangerous. Since cases have increased by 20%, I cannot imagine a better time to tell this story. Told through the eyes of one of the biggest losers in a violent relationship -children- ‘Yard Kings’ observes a 9-year-old girl’s reality as a fly on the wall.

It is a personal topic for me, and it was challenging to portray a social issue outside of my cultural zone. However, London is a complicated city, filled with all kinds of truths and contradictions, and I wanted to find my own emotional connection to it since my time there was such a significant chapter of my life.

Vasco Alexandre

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