Sharp Shorts Year 3
Synopsis: 1994. A Scottish working class man teaches his son a Scottish working class lesson.
Writer/Director: Lisa Clarkson
Producer: Alex Polunin DOP: Charlie Jenkins Editor: Waltteri Vanhanen
Sound Design: Dominika Latusek
Production Design: Katie Fiore
Costume Design: Kirsty Halliday and Jack Shanks
Hair & Makeup: Kat Morgan
Casting: Des Hamilton Casting Cast: Jacob Abraham, Logan Cassells Keenan, Jim Sweeney, Beth Adams, Rhona Ashwood, Richard Mcshane
Photo credit: Giulia Sansone
Lisa is a writer and director from Edinburgh, Scotland. She graduated from the National Film and Television School’s MA Directing Fiction in 2021, as Channel 4 Scholar. Her graduation film, Muse, won the school’s Panalux and Sargeant Disc prizes for excellence. Since returning home to Scotland she has directed a number of projects for film and television; directing an episode of BBC Four’s Skint, writing and directing Paternal Advice (Short Circuit/ BFI NETWORK), as well as shadowing and 2nd unit direction on original series The Rig (Amazon) and Granite Harbour (BBC Scotland). She is currently developing a number of long form projects, including a series set in her beloved Glasgow.
Alex is a twice BAFTA-nominated film & television producer who currently enjoys a first-look deal with BBC Drama and has a slate of feature films in development with BBC Film and Film4, which he has developed over the last two years with the support of Cannes Film Festival’s La Cinef residency.
As a recipient of the BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship and then as a BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomer, Alex began his career working at the BBC, Working Title and Heyday Films in both London and Los Angeles. Since setting up Ossian independently, Alex has overseen the production of a slate of distinctive short films – including British by the Grace of God (Locarno 2017), Kingdom Come (Venice 2019), Father of the Bride (SXSW 2020), Egúngún (Masquerade) (Sundance 2021) and She Always Wins (TIFF 2022).
Alex is currently in production on Ossian’s debut feature film, The Fall of Sir Douglas Weatherford, with BBC Film, the BFI and Screen Scotland.