The National Film and Television School (NFTS) announces the cast for The Bind, the second short film to be made under the BBC Films and NFTS Greenlight Short Project, which is due to shoot this month.

Written and Directed by BAFTA-winning NFTS graduate, Caroline Bartleet and produced by NFTS alumni, Helene Sifre and Marie-Elena Dyche, The Bind, which is inspired by a true story, stars Lorraine Ashbourne (King Kong; Oranges and Sunshine; The Selfish Giant) who plays Ruth; Andrew Knott (The History Boys; The Secret Garden; Black Beauty) who plays Ruth’s son, Jamie; Clara Read (What Happened to Monday and the lead in the West End production of Matilda), who plays Jamie’s daughter, Maggie; David Schofield (Gladiator; Pirates of the Caribbean) who plays Ruth’s husband, Patrick and Jamie Parker (Valkyrie; The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and recipient of the Olivier Award for his role as Harry Potter, in Harry Potter & The Cursed Child), who plays Jamie’s brother, Sam.

The Bind synopsis: When Ruth's son, Jamie, discovers his father has left the family farm to his brother, Sam, he is enraged. Jamie has worked on the farm for twenty years and to him, this is the very worst kind of betrayal. In the middle of the night, a shotgun in hand, Jamie drags his daughter across to his parents’ house to confront them. It falls to Ruth to talk herself and her family out of a life-threatening hostage situation in which one false move could cost her everything.

(L-R Helene Sifre, Caroline Bartleet, Marie-Elena Dyche, Venetia Hawkes)

The Team (all NFTS alumni): Writer-director, Caroline Bartleet; Producers, Helene Sifre & Marie-Elena Dyche; Cinematographer, Vanessa Whyte; Production Designer, Violet Elliott; Composer, Lindsay Wright; Editor, Yann Heckman

The Greenlight Short Project is a joint venture between BBC Films and the National Film and Television School to fund one short film a year for three years made by recent NFTS graduates. Executive Producers are Tom Chesover for BBC Films and Jon Wardle and Venetia Hawkes for the National Film and Television School.

Caroline Bartleet, whose first short film as writer/director, Operator won the British Short Film BAFTA in 2016, said: “I am thrilled to announce such a fantastic cast for The Bind; working with BBC Films has been a joy and I can’t wait to start production.”

(Still from Operator) 

Tom Chesover, from BBC Films Development team said: “We are very proud to have collaborated with Caroline and the NFTS on The Bind. The project has gone from strength to strength, and the great cast that has been assembled is testament to the quality of the script and the talent of the team.”

National Film and Television School director, Jon Wardle said: “The partnership with the BBC is an excellent opportunity for our graduates; we are very proud of Caroline and the team and can’t wait to see the results!”

The Bind is the second short film to be made as part of the Greenlight project following Diagnosis which was written and directed by Eva Riley and produced by BAFTA-winning Emilie Jouffroy whose NFTS graduation films, Edmond (directed by Nina Gantz) and Patriot won the Short Animation BAFTA and competed for the short film Palme D’Or in Cannes 2015 respectively.

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