Light Years (12A)
'+ Q&A With Director
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Esther May Campbell, UK, 90 mins, 2015.
One hot summers day, Rose longs to see her mum (Beth Orton) but nobody will take her. Her father, struggling to cope, disappears to work, her sister waits to meet a boy on the local golf course and her brother is preoccupied at home communing with spirits online.
Taking destiny into her own hands she sets off alone deep into Englands forgotten edge lands to reach her. Roses odyssey provokes her disconnected, fractured siblings and parents into a poignant reunion to face their challenges together.
Light Years is the debut feature from BAFTA award winning director and photographer Esther May Campbell and features the acting debut of acclaimed singer/songwriter Beth Orton alongside Muhammet Uzuner (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) and a cast of young newcomers. Light Years is a poetic and startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections.
The director’s Q&A will be moderated by Dr Felicity Gee, Lecturer in International Cinema and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research at University of Exeter.
Light Years spins a narrative of longing anchored by characters in whom the complexities of loss are wonderful and disturbing. Improvisation, image and sound manipulations melded to perform a kind of alchemy, to pull the viewer into a very particular universe where emotions suddenly rise and grip, taking us through a giddy trip that grows the heart. It’s a small film with a big heart.
ESTHER MAY CAMPBELL
A feature of fragile beauty
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
A striking debut from a major new talent
An enticingly sensuous, heat hazed drama