Local ﬁlm writer/director Jo Southwell is celebrating the recent success of her short ﬁlm COVER ME.
Filmed and produced in Henley on Thames, this ﬁlm tells a dark urban story of a young girl called Emily. ISIS DAVIS leads the monologue driven ﬁlm on an emotional, real and hard hitting roller coaster.
COVER ME was released in 2014 and has been screened at various international festivals including The Cannes Short Film Corner; Buxton Film Festival as the “Highly Commended” Film and winning the reviewers choice award; Isle of Wight Film festival; Los Angeles where it has been nominated for Best Actress and Best Soundtrack.
COVER ME travelled to The Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival which seeks to increase awareness for women in the industry and global causes for women. Reviews include : “the dramatic Shakespearean tone of the staging and the powerful delivery of the monologue by the actress elevates the story-telling quality to the tragic level of Macbeth or Hamlet only this is a woman’s tragedy. As noted above, the staging matches the tone of the great tragedies. The monologue kept my attention and stirred my compassion throughout, and the actress’s performance exceptional.” (Washington DC Shorts.) The British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) is ‘Ofﬁcially, the leading ﬁlm festival for diversity in the world (Metro.co.uk, May 2016) Jo Southwell said, “I am so proud of this ﬁlm. I have always been motivated by monologues because the actor has no where to hide – they bring out the truth.”
COVER ME has had a very successful three year journey on the international circuit. It was a great moment when British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) screened the trailer at Channel 4 about a week ago. The combination of Isis Davis as lead actress and music by TOTIE creates a powerful ﬁlm that emotionally impacts on the audience. Recognition of this from BUFF is the perfect end to the ﬁlms festival circuit.” COVER ME screens at the ODEON Cinema in Camden on Saturday 17th September at 8.00pm.