PENNYWORT

By Rebekah FORTUNE

SEAHORSE FILMS LLP (MIDLANDS) - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2020

ON THE ISOLATED LINCOLNSHIRE FENS, A YOUNG WOMAN STRUGGLING TO PROCESS HER RECENT ASPERGERS DIAGNOSIS DISCOVERS A LIFE- AFFIRMING TALENT FOR ANIMATION: AN EMPOWERING, MAGICAL TALENT.?

Festivals
& Awards

Visability Film Festival 2021
Best Screenplay
cinemagic 2021
Best Short
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama, Female director, Social issues
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 17 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rebekah FORTUNE
    • Writer(s)
    • Laura TURNER
    • Producer(s)
    • Clare PEARCE (Lost Eye Films), Stephen SMITH (Seahorse Films )
    • Synopsis
    • 20-year-old Freya is a talented artist. Inspired by the Lincolnshire fen landscape, Freya has ambitions of university. But she struggles to really put her personality on the page because she is hiding a secret. She is struggling to process her recent diagnosis of Aspergers’ syndrome.

      Freya’s tutor encourages her to express herself in her art more. But Freya is intimidated - people know she’s different - weird - and she hates it. Routine keeps her safe - and her best friend Beth. Bracing herself, she tries to embrace normal life, going out with Beth, but finds the crush of people overwhelming. Things reach a crisis when Freya defends an elderly man from bullies in the cafe where she works. It escalates into a fight - to the horror of Freya’s younger sister. She calls Freya weird, prompting Freya to panic. Why does she get everything wrong?

      Distraught, she seeks solace on the marshes, her safe place, and there, surrounded by her art coming to life around her, Freya finds the strength to calm herself. She realises she doesn’t have to be “weird” - she’s unique. She can express herself on the page. And when she returns to college and her artwork, that’s exactly what she does.