A young boy, a young girl. Against the backdrop of the countryside they try to understand and express their feelings for each other. A study in the articulations and limitations of first love.
Duane Hopkins (born 22 July 1973) is an English film director, artist and photographer.
His first short film, Field, made in 2001, premiered at Cannes Film Festival as part of International Critics’ Week. A dark, unblinking tale of rural adolescence, Field went on to win a host of prizes at festivals internationally. Hopkins followed Field in 2003 with his second short film Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, made as part of Film 4 and UK Film Council’s Cinema Extreme scheme for new British filmmaking talent. Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, ‘a study in the articulations and limitations of first love’, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival where it won Best British Short Film. Like Field it was highly successful; together the two films gathered over 30 international awards.
Hopkins then wrote and directed his debut feature film Better Things. Shot on location in the West Midlands of England, Better Things premiered at International Critics’ Week in Cannes 2008, where it… read more
Having worked with children for over 10 years, this film is a pitch perfect portrayal of the frantic, needs led, yet vulnerable and fragile emotional ride that is teenage 'love'. Beautifully observed and scripted. Leaves you thinking long after the images have faded.