Synopsis: After learning from her father that she will soon lose her place on the local boy’s football team, eleven-year-old Kirsty struggles to come to terms with her evolving identity as a young woman.
Via their crowdfunding page:
“We want to take influence from both European Art Cinema and British Realism (The Dardenne Brothers’ Rosetta, Andrea Arnold’s Red Road) to create a style that allows us to make a true-to-life film that reflects the familiarity of real life. We want the film to feel raw and authentic, but we’re keen to avoid the bleakness that is usually associated with a film of this nature, instead focusing on the relatable difficulties of growing up and the conflicts that arise within familial relationships.
We believe there is an absence of strong young female leads in British Cinema and we’re very passionate about remedying this.
Kirsty is a strong, sensitive, sometimes irrational character that the audience can both relate and develop an emotional attachment to. Vitally, the central conflict between Kirsty and Mick is born out of love, giving the film an emotional depth that doesn’t rely on the stereotypes of abuse or neglect.”
Offside (UK) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2015.