Lydia, a short film directed by Anita Lewton-Moukkes, Senior Lecturer on BA Film and Broadcast Production in the School of Digital Media, has been selected for official competition in the Malmo Arab Film Festival which takes place in Sweden this October.
As well as teaching at the University, Anita Lewton is an established screenwriter and director who trained in drama, acting and film at UCLA. In 2015 she won a feature film development award from the Region Languedoc Roussillon in South West France for her film set in France and Algeria. Working with young dynamic French company Marnie Production, she was elected for the Mediterranean Script 2 film workshop, and this summer attended the first workshop in Kos, Greece with 27 other European projects.
As a part of the Development fund, Anita and Marnie were required to make a short film and the result was Lydia, a 12-minute short. Lydia is a young Berber Algerian that has settled down in the south of France. She’s spending her days at home waiting for her domineering partner to come home. The solitude and the cultural distance between Lydia and her surroundings becomes more significant, and soon she realises that France isn’t the dream land she imagined. Lydia is described as a moving film about assimilating into European culture and you can see the teaser trailer on Vimeo.
Anita is now developing a feature film set in Algeria and France.