Hope watched Ellie Kendrick's short play SILLY GIRL at the Royal Court theatre in winter 2015, performed and written with Jason Barker, and thought what a good short film it would make. NOWNESS were commissioning a series of work based around DEFINE GENDER and this was a perfect fit. Ellie, Jason and Hope recrafted the script into a screenplay, and shot the film in July 2016. Jason reprised his stage role for his on-screen debut and was joined by the brilliant Ciara Baxendale and Mollie Lambert.
As well as Ellie, Hope worked with many other collaborators from The Levelling - including casting director Kharmel Cochrane, Script Supervisor Francesca Brooks, Hair and Make Up Designer Bean Ellis, Composer Hutch Demouilpied and Rachel Clark - focus puller on The Levelling - stepped up to shoot the short on 16mm film. Wonderful new collaborators were also found: amongst them Producer Loran Dunn, Editor Laura Carreira, Costume Designer Rachel Hopkin and a brilliant post team of Ryan McMurray (Sound Design) and Paul Willis (Colourist).
The story sees a 40-something trans man recalling and reliving his first romantic entanglement—a universal experience that deepens in complexity when we view it through the lens of his gender history.