A young scientist drives away from a lab with a large box in the back of her van. But what does it contain? What follows is a tense adventure story about man's relationship with nature, and the lengths we can go to to protect the things we love.
The film - made in association with Toothpix - was originally shot and edited within two days (and released under the name 'FIFTY/FIFTY') as our first entry into the Sci-Fi London 48hr Film Competition. However, we love the film and its characters so much that we decided to create an extended cut to submit to festivals - complete with extra scenes and a new name!
"Its beauty is partly owed to the mystique surrounding it... This is a stunning film.
The opening images, very avant-garde-esque, are of butterflies and insects... Aesthetically and allegorically, Lepidopterist explores man's connection with nature.
The skill involved to make a short film of this quality in such a brief time is staggering, a massive compliment to the cast and crew's ability and talent. Sophie Black has created something truly remarkable in Lepidopterist, a film which deserves repeat viewings so you can admire the beautiful story again and again."
(Guy Russell, Midlands Movies)
"Beautiful as expected. Not the ending I expected (in a good way). Gorgeous!"
(Judges' Reviews, Beeston Film Festival)
"Visually impressive, the film opens up many ideas and mysteries... the structure keeps you interested, along with the cinematography (which) gave you a sense of being there."
(Reviews from the Torch Theatre Young Film Ambassadors scheme, supported by BFI FAN,
Film Hub Wales & National Lottery UK)
WINNER: Performance of the Festival, Best Actress in a Sci-Fi, and Best Supporting Actress - The Actors Awards Los Angeles June 2021
WINNER: Best Editing - The Midlands Movies Awards 2021
NOMINATED: Best Music - The Midlands Movies Awards 2021
NOMINATED: Best Make Up & Visual FX - Festival of Cinema NYC 2021
NOMINATED: Best Local Film - Birmingham Film Festival 2021