Crocodile
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    Crocodile

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    United Kingdom

    2014

    15 min

    • English

    Short

    CROCODILE is an original, deeply moving, at times surprisingly comic journey into the head of a father torn apart by grief. Simon, a middle class headmaster, receives news that his eighteen year old daughter, Penny, has been killed by a crocodile while on a gap year in Kenya. We watch as Simon struggles to come to terms with what's happened - and struggles to deal with well-wishers who just don't quite know what to say. During the day he copes silently, causing he and his wife to slowly drift apart. At night, we watch as he is besieged by nightmares. Craving normality, Simon goes back to work, far too soon. Andy, the deputy head, fumbles inadequately to find the right words to share with Simon. Finally, Simon snaps, and drives to a zoo to confront the beast.

    Awards

    • Signis Award, Special Women Jury Mention - Guanajuato IFF
    • Canal + Award - Cannes Critics' Week

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    Credits

    Cast
    Michael Gould
    Lucinda Raikes
    Alex Macqueen
    Oliver Johnston
    Alecky Blythe
    Apoa Falby Clark
    Screenplay
    Robin French
    Cinematography
    David Ungaro
    Editing
    Paul Hardcastle
    Nicolas Chaudeurge
    Music
    Tara Creme
    Production
    LIFE TO LIVE FILMS
    Sales
    L'AGENCE DU COURT METRAGE
    Gaëlle Denis

    Gaëlle Denis

    France

    Gaëlle Denis is a French-born artist and filmmaker who relocated to London in 2000, to complete an MA in Animation Direction at the Royal College of Art. She has gained numerous accolades for her unique approach to story-telling, using varied media: animation, live action, theatre and advertising. She directed several award-winning shorts including FISH NEVER SLEEP (premiere in the Official Competition of the Cannes FF, Cinéfondation 2002 and BAFTA nomination 2003), CITY PARADISE (50 awards, BAFTA nominee 2005) and AFTER THE RAIN, a Film 4 & UK Film Council Cinema Extreme scheme (premiere in the official selection of the Clermont-Ferrand FF). In 2014, her short CROCODILE premiered at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and won the Canal+ Award.

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