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Turning by Karni & Saul

Turning by Karni & Saul

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On his sixth birthday Robert receives three beautiful broken old birds in his mother's sitting room.

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On his sixth birthday, Robert receives three beautiful old ladies in his mother's sitting room. Through his eyes, we visit the memory of this afternoon, visualized with the free spirited imagination of childhood, naive yet wonderfully dark. Ladies appear like birds, a gift scuttles across the floor, blue icing is nibbled from a magical cake, tea is sipped, lacy slips shifted, and between knobbly knees strange visions appear. The ladies weave an extraordinary tale of an emperor with no skin, and the boy himself, older and wiser, adds the finale... with a tail.

Produced as part of BBC Film Network's BBC Drama Shorts 2009 commission, in conjunction with Lighthouse Arts & Training and BBC Writersroom.

Screened on BBC HD as part of BBC HD Film Shorts

  • Robert

    Patrick Gibbs
  • Mum

    Natasha Alderslade
  • Olivia

    Maureen Wild
  • Louise

    Audrey Holt
  • Ruth

    Carol Kirkland
  • Girls in field

    Agnes Davidson, Emily Duggan, Inma Azorin, Lily Mai Holloway
Funded By

Made with the support of BBC Film Network

Production Partner – Lighthouse Arts & Training

Development Partner – BBC Writersroom

Festivals & Screenings

Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela festival, Spain, 2011

Narkolepsy, France, 2011

Aspen Short Film Festival, 2011

Palm Springs Short Film Festival, 2011

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
, Toronto, 2011

Clermont-Ferrand, 2011

Berlin International Film Festival, 2010

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2010

LA Shortsfest, 2010

Encounters International Film Festival, 2010

onedotzero (touring festival), 2010

Brest European Short Film Festival, 2010


Best Film Award (Explora competition), Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela festival, 2011

Nominated - Best Short Film, Bafta Film Awards 2011


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