Production has wrapped on Marley Morrison’s feature debut Sweetheart, the final title from the latest Film London Microwave slate of low-budget projects.
Screen can exclusively reveal a first-look image from the film, which follows a socially awkward 17-year-old on a family trip to a Dorset caravan park, as she embarks on her first holiday romance.
Newcomer Nell Barlow takes the lead role of A.J. alongside a supporting cast that includes Jo Hartley, Ella Rae Smith, Sophia Di Martino, Samuel Anderson and Tabitha Byron. Shooting took place on location at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park on Dorset’s Jurassic coast.
Morrison’s previous shorts include Baby Gravy, made through Film London’s London Calling scheme, and Leroy.
Sweetheart is produced by Michelle Antoniades for Hazey Jane Films, in association with Phil Hunt’s Bohemia Film and Andy Brunskill’s SUMS Film And Media. Executive producers are Evan Leighton-Davis and Pietro Greppi.
The Microwave scheme commissioned six films in its most recent slate, all of which have now completed production.
Other titles included Lucy Brydon’s Body Of Water, presented to the market at Rome Film Festival this month, and Rene Pannevis’ Looted, which is set to receive its world premiere in the First Feature Competition at Tallinn Black Nights next month.
Microwave is supported by the BFI with National Lottery funds, and BBC Films, with support from ScreenSkills.