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DOLLS CAN'T CRY

Our latest production, Dolls Can't Cry, is being screened at Riverside Studios on Sunday 18th November at 7pm as part of the New Polish Woman Directors programme. Call the Riverside Studios box office on 020 8237 1111 for tickets.
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LARA BELMONT STARS

Lara Belmont (The War Zone, The Bill, Henry VIII, Wild Decembers) plays the lead role of Faith. A devout method actor, Lara spent nearly nine months developing her character with the director before shooting commenced.
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ONE FOR THE LADIES

Daniel Sommerford plays the moody, controlling boyfriend Mance. He trained under the same method acting teacher as Lara and even attended some of the same classes but they had never worked together before this film. This is his screen debut and he's sure to build a big following with the female audience.
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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Eden Nathenson, daughter of actress Zoe Nathenson (Mona Lisa, The Bill), plays Nell, the unwanted child. At the age of 9, this her second major film role and, judging from her performance in Dolls Can't Cry, she's destined for great things.
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Modalfish Productions Ltd is a London-based production company focused on developing and producing independent feature films. Established in 2006, both directors come with many years of experience in the film and media industry. The company has strong connections with filmmakers in both Poland and the UK and welcomes international collaboration.

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THE COMPANY

When Aleksandra first came to London, Alistair sold her a bicycle. A year or so later, in 2006, they decided to start their own production company to make feature films. Modalfish Productions Ltd was born. Like many independents, they had to do other jobs to support their passion, but they worked together relentlessly writing and rewriting to develop a script that could be shot on fairly low budget with high production values. Pre-production on Dolls Can't Cry started in 2009 and the actors spent nine months workshopping their roles prior to shooting. The film is now completed and another two features are in development.

Modalfish represents a unique fusion of British and Polish film cultures. We are not an arthouse company, we respect good storytelling, but our aim is to make movies that are slightly off kilter with a certain edge. Of course, we want to make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, and get your heart pumping, but we also want to make you think. Watch out for Dolls Can't Cry in 2012, which we hope will be the first in a long and successful slate. Why Modalfish? Well, that's a long story...

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THE DIRECTORS

Alistair Ayres, writer/producer

Alistair Ayres, writer/producerAlistair started his carrer working a runner, then AD, on commercials, music promos, and documentaries, before making a step into journalism and multimedia publishing. He wrote for The Guardian for over ten years, alongside editing magazines, producing videos, developing web sites, staging and promoting events, and working on both sides of the camera in TV. He also has strong track record in PR and marketing, running successful multi-million pound campaigns. Graduating as a mature student in philosophy from London University in 2001 helped him realise his true love was cinema. His unconventional thinking and no obstacles approach, make Alistair a creative force to be reckoned with. He lives on a diet of films and cigarettes.

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Aleksandra Czenczek, writer/director

Aleksandra Czenczek, writer/directorAleksandra started making films at her local cinema club while a student in Warsaw. She went on to graduate in Cinema and Audiovisual Arts at the Institut Européen de Cinéma et d’Audiovisuel in Nancy, France, followed by postgraduate studies in Multimedia and Digital Imaging. In the last 5 years, she has been working in London as a visual artist on documentaries and features for BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Channel 4, as well as developing her writing and directing crafts on independent film projects. In 2011, she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Craft: Graphic Design and Art Direction in 'First Life with David Attenborough'. Her short films have won prizes at eight festivals. As well as her great talent and expertise, she builds a brige between the UK and Polish film industry.

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LATEST PRODUCTION

DOLLS CAN'T CRY

  • Genre Psychological drama
  • Cast Lara Belmont, Daniel Sommerford, Eden Nathenson, Barbara Joslyn
  • Director Aleksandra Czenczek
  • Running time 82min
  • Website www.dollscantcry.com

SYNOPSIS

Seven years ago, Faith dumped her rape child on her sister. Now, pregnant with a second child, she desperately wants her daughter back. But, her boyfriend and her sister have conspired to have the girl adopted. Agoraphobic and bordering on the edge of sanity, Faith's seemingly hopeless attempts to win her daughter's trust result in disaster. Haunted by demons and unable to accept her past or her present, Faith's only solace is a childhood dollhouse, a fantasy space where 'bad things never happen', where she plays at being a real mother. Luring her daughter into this make-believe world, the dolls begin to reveal themselves as thin veil covering the shocking secrets of her past. With reality crashing in on her, she finally has to face the truth about herself. A revelation that will transform her life.

Thrown straight into the emotional turmoil of the Faith's fragmented and disturbing world, the narrative gradually reveals itself as the pieces fit together. Told in a distinctive visual style through Faith's distorted perspective, we experience her anger, horror, fear, pain, and finally joy as she battles to be a real mother.
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FORTHCOMING SCREENINGS

New Polish Women Directors

Open Film Society, Milton Keynes
18.30 - 21.00 Wednesday 29th May

Old Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall Campus,
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Admission £6 (free for OFS members)

FACEBOOK EVENT

New Polish Women Directors

Kino Baljka, Lublin
19.30 - 22.00 Friday 7 June

Idziego Radziszewskiego 8 Lublin, Poland
Info and tickets
http://kinobajka.nazwa.pl/wydarzenia +48 81 533 88 72

FACEBOOK EVENT

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Photo by Sasha Segade

The Sky In Her Bedroom

A reclusive writer falls in love with the character from his new book. But she forces him to reveal who she really is and directs the story towards its inevitable tragic end.


A psychological and fantastical romance in the mould of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Being John Malcovich and Science of Sleep.

  • Genre Fantastical romance
  • Screenplay Ward Parry
  • Running time 104min
  • Budget £1.5 million
  • Status Script available

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the sky in her bedroom

Photo by Sasha Segade

The Sky In Her Bedroom

A reclusive writer falls in love with the character from his new book. But she forces him to reveal who she really is and directs the story towards its inevitable tragic end.


A psychological and fantastical romance in the mould of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Being John Malcovich and Science of Sleep.

  • Genre Fantastical romance
  • Screenplay Ward Parry
  • Running time 104min
  • Budget £1.5 million
  • Status Script available

the big penis

The Big Penis

The government, in the form of witch-like politician Verity Flower and her motley crew of heavies and thugs, are determined to drive the last ten residents out of Black Adder Springs. All seems lost until a stranger appears out of the desert promising to save the town - with a BIG PENIS.


  • Genre Comedy
  • Screenplay Ian Hamilton
  • Running time 104min
  • Budget £5 million
  • Status Script available

dolls can't cry

  • Genre: psychological drama
  • Director: Aleksandra Czenczek
  • Producer: Alistair Ayres
  • DoP: Tomek Borkowski
  • Production Designer: Annalisa Andriani
  • Cast: Lara Belmont, Daniel Sommerford, Eden Nathenson,
    Barbara Joslyn, David K Whiting
  • Ready for release: 2012   Format: HD   Run time: 82min
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dolls can't cry story

STORY

Faith is in a co-dependent relationship, is afraid to go out and won't accept the reality of her past, present or future. Pregnant and trapped inside her own world, she has to prove she can be a mother to the child she dumped on her sister seven years ago if she is to go through with the birth. The only path she can see is to bring her daughter into her fantasy world, the dollhouse she escaped to as a child, a place where bad things never happen. But her time is running out. Her sister and her boyfriend are arranging for the girl to be adopted as Faith appears increasingly insane. No longer the safe place she imagined, the dollshouse starts to reveal itself as thin veil covering the secrets of the past. With reality crashing in on her she has nowhere to go. She has to face the thing she fears most. Herself.

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