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As thousands of men, women, and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday.

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2016 Program

Year

2016

Country

United Kingdom
Republic of Kosovo
Albania

Runtime

20 min

Genre

Narrative, Drama

Language

English

Credits

Director

Daniel Mulloy

Producers

Shpat Deda
Scott O'Donnell
Tim Nash
Chris Watling
Afolabi Kull

Writer

Daniel Mulloy

Cinematography

Paul MacKay
Victor Seuin

Editing

Paul Currie

Production Design

Mrine Godanca
Elmedina Monna

Costumes

Holly Rebecca

CAST

Jack O'Connell

Jack

Holliday Grainger

Holly

Tahliya Lowles

Tahliya

Zaki Ramadani

Zac

Artist Bio

Daniel Mulloy films are known for nuanced and sensitive exploration of characters and often concentrate on story worlds with strong social themes.  Mulloy is a BAFTA and BIFA winning filmmaker and has been nominated for an Indie Spirit and European Academy Award.  Three of his films have premiered at Sundance and he is a two time winner of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  His films have received over 100 international awards.

A STATEMENT FROM THE DIRECTOR

My partner’s own experience as a refugee, the most personal to me, combined with the thought of the young family I had met, almost a year earlier guided ‘HOME’ at every stage.

In early 2015 I met a couple, they were relaxed and in love. They had a toddler who was playing, circling them, cheeky and content. We began chatting and I learnt they were dressed in clothes donated to them and that their son had been operated on after falling ill sleeping on the floor of a Hungarian jail cell. I left them feeling sickened and disturbed, knowing they were being sent back into the nightmare they had risked their lives to escape. But I did nothing.

Yet, I could not shake them from my mind. Theirs is one harrowing story among millions, as each displaced family has their own. We are  witnessing this crisis live and how we deal with it reflects who we are. The refugees that have fled into Europe, like us, are mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. They have left home, their lives devastated and now each searches desperately for safe shelter and a chance to rebuild their lives. Take away the politics and what you are left with is families who are the same as yours or mine. No one should be denied safe passage, shelter or aid.

– Director, Daniel Mulloy