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An act of bullying sends four children on a journey that they'll never forget.

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Director's Statement

I started writing Golden in response to my previous short films. They all dealt with the same kind of characters going through the same kind of coming-of-age scenarios but they never really rang true. I tried to concentrate my ideas down into one simple script and the result was ‘Golden’.

I wanted to remove all sense of time and location from ‘Golden’ as I thought that would be a distraction. I removed all dialogue as I thought hearing an accent would be diverting and I decided to cast children and shoot in nature, for obvious reasons.

Finding our locations in Somerset was key to my writing process – finding out precisely where the characters interact allowed the film to flourish in my head. The locations themselves are gorgeous and really create the atmosphere of the film and I hope that we were able to do Somerset justice with the photography.

I always try to be honest with my writing and direction and I hope that the emotions I wanted to convey come through. I wanted to capture a brief, fleeting, important moment in the lives of my characters and hope that comes across – the whole cast and crew really worked hard to make this film what it is and I love it and I hope you all love it too.




Copyright © 2013 Simon Ball

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10 Jan – 19 Jan | London, United Kingdom

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