Global production company Dog Eat Dog celebrates two silver Young Director Award wins for short film ‘Absent’ with rising director Libby Burke Wilde. At the recent online award ceremony, the film picked up two Europe territory silvers; one in the ‘Charity Commercial’ category and another in ‘Short Film – (up to 6 mins)’.
Written by Lucy MacCarthy and directed by Libby Burke Wilde, ‘Absent’ was commissioned by UK-based period poverty charity Freedom4Girls
to highlight the taboo and shame still present around periods.
Executive producer and co-founder of Dog Eat Dog, Harvey Ascott, comments: “Libby and Lucy are long time friends of mine and of Dog Eat Dog. After discussing with my mum, who runs the charity Freedom4Girls, we as Dog Eat Dog funded and produced the project, pulling in an amazing cast and crew. With all our hard work and determination, we made this fantastic film that we all very proud of.’’
The film, which saw its premiere on Dazed
in November 2019, features Imogen King ('The Bay', 'Darkest Hour'), Kaine Zajaz ('Kiri', 'Raised by Wolves') and Lucy Thackeray ('New Tricks', 'Don't Forget the Driver', 'Hatton Garden').
Director Libby Burke Wilde comments: “'Absent' getting two silver screen awards at the YDAs is absolutely incredible. I hope that this exposure for film will mean a more open discussion around periods and period poverty. The stigma attached to periods silences conversations before they begin. A lot of people don’t know period poverty exists in the UK, let alone how prevalent it is. This has to stop.”
The film was also shortlisted this week at Berlin Commercial in both ‘Cultural Impact’ and ‘Commercials and Branded content long’.
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