This time last year, The Snail was awarded Best Earl’s Court Short at the 2017 Earl’s Court Film Festival. In advance of this year’s event, we caught up with its writer and director, Casey Hennessy, to find out how the festival helps emerging independent directors create something unique.
Chosen as the best of five shorts co-produced in the Earl’s Court area, The Snail is a quirky glimpse into a child’s imagination with undertones of a global reckoning for humanity. Quite what that reckoning is has been left entirely for the audience to decide – a combination of simple premise, seamless construction and limited dialogue make the film deliberately open handed.
The Snail is just one in a growing line of films made thanks to the work of local residents Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod, who since 2015 have developed a local infrastructure that helps new and emerging film-makers and screen writers with grants and logistical support.
Films are shot in the Earls Court area during the spring and summer in collaboration with London Film School in Covent Garden and London Film Academy in Fulham [CKCK} and are then shown and judged at the festival alongside a large and growing number of submissions from elsewhere in the UK.