Our New Short Film: ‘Despair’
As you may know, we don’t just make videos for businesses – we also love making our own films! Films can be a great way to place an audience inside a different world to experience something completely new. At the end of our university studies, we made a short film called ‘Despair’, which you can watch here. ‘Despair’ is a gritty drama about a farmer who turns to trafficking immigrants in order to avoid bankruptcy. Henry’s plans take a dark turn, however, and he is left wondering if he made the right decision. View more on about this film here.
Motivated by Real Issues
We felt motivated to help raise the awareness of human trafficking and the problems faced by small farmers. We found that they could be linked to the emotion and motivation of desperation. A desperation of people willing to risk their lives, their liberty and their life savings to escape unbearable home conditions. In search of greener pastures, the migrants soon discover the that others are also desperate, and are prepared to take advantage of their situation.
With one of us from a farming background, we know that farmers are perceived as wealthy landowners. Howver, personal experience reveals that this is far from the case. Many small farmers are facing huge pressures and uncertainties from supermarkets squeezing profits, uncertain Brexit trade deals, as well as a lack of willing labour.
Inspired by Real Stories
Desperate times lead to desperate measures. Hearing regular human trafficking stories in the south coast near Portsmouth, we decided to incorporate the issue into our film. We felt inspired us to show how a farmer could get involved in such business.
Human trafficking exists, yet seldom talked about. There are many undocumented migrants working UK, but as they must hide from the law they are often abused by others. Despite escaping lives of war, starvation and slavery, the grass may not always be as green as expected.
Amidst the confusing and heated discussions of Brexit trade deals, smaller farm businesses were one of the affected. Due to supermarket shopping and urban population the problems faced by small farmers are likely to increase. With so few young people willing to go into agriculture, the farming population is aging quickly.
High Production Value
By using some excellent locations, a speedboat, a police car with uniformed officers and a camera drone, we were able to produce a film with really high production values. This is our most ambitious film to date and we needed a large cast of actors, particularly undocumented migrants, to emphasise the constant flow of people into the country.