Writer-Director and Producer
Perhaps it is not surprising brothers Sebastian (standing left) and Hugo Godwin are interested in cinema that explores the theme of the family - but their reference point is more Michael Haneke than Steven Spielberg. The Girls shows how a game between two young sisters and their father takes a sudden nasty turn, while also subtly commenting on the nature of this seemingly nice middle-class family. Smartly directed (Sebastian graduated from Poland's film school in Lodz in 2006) and disconcertingly tense, the film has won fans and prizes at international festivals since its premiere at Edinburgh last year. Their next short, The Rain Horse, is based on a Ted Hughes story and is another tale of family relationships on a holiday that goes wrong. Backed by BBC Films and the UKFC and starring Jason Isaacs, it has just wrapped. 'The Girls impressed us with its powerful command of atmosphere,' says UKFC New Cinema Fund executive Emily Anderton. 'The Godwins are drawn to enigmatic stories and have a talent for finding strong source material.'
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