Poster design: Paul Harnett
Shortlisted for Best Short Film at the Feel Good Film Festival 2011,
Raleigh Studios, 12-14 August 2011
Anna is long-term single but believes she will meet her 'one in a million' some day. Her sister Karen, soon to be married, believes that you can't leave love to chance. What starts out as an outing to buy a dress becomes a test of Anna’s belief in the magic of love.
'One in a Million' was shortlisted for best short film at the 2011 Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood. Susan Bracken and I were delighted to go and represent our film (More Hollywood photos and Productions stills below)
Myrna Jelman And Susan Bracken On Opening Night
'One in a million' is inspired by a real event. A shopping trip with my own sister provided me with one of these fleeting moments of connection with a kind stranger. I also wanted to convey the level of pressure from friends and family on the long-term single.
Despite tights timescales (we shot over 2 short days), I wanted to create a working environment that was respectful and enjoyable. I am delighted to say that one of the actors who had never up till now liked working on film because of the intensity, told me that for the first time, they had enjoyed the process.
The actors are all trained in a process developed by Aileen Gonsalves and rooted in the Meisner technique and wanted to explore whether they could have alive, moment-to-moment performances on film. I believe they can and have.
Helen recently completed the dramatic feature First Light (www.ferventfilms.co.uk). Other film work includes lead roles in: The Bridge and Without A Face (both www.stubblefilms.com); the award winning The Leafcatcher (Vevey, Edinburgh and London Short Film Festivals); Lyddie (BBC/Wall to Wall); Wild Horses (Yorkshire Television), and Things You Do For Love (ITV). Recent stage work includes The Tempest (Ariel) and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Jeanette) and the London production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore. www.helenheaslip.com
Susan has just finished her first feature film First Light (www.ferventfilms.co.uk). She works mostly in the theatre. Other credits include: The Bear (King's Head Theatre), Bodyclock, TimeOut's Critics Choice ***** (White Bear Theatre), From Both Hips (Old Red Lion Theatre), Informed Consent (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Bridewell Theatre).
This is the second time Helen Heaslip & her have played sisters. The first being in the London premiere of Mark O' Rowe's From Both Hips (2007 Old Red Lion Theatre). "Mildly lunatic monologues like the one that opens the play, call for a quirky depth of acting which Susan Bracken's Liz does provide" TimeOut review Aug '07.
Theatre includes: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kents Cavern), Twelfth Night, The Proposal, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, From Both Hips (C Company); Antony & Cleopatra (Globe); The Shadow of a Gunman ,The Quare Fellow (Tricycle); This Lime Tree Bower (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry/Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC); Gym & Tonic (Hull Truck); Juno & The Paycock (Leicester Haymarket) TV & Film: One in a Million, Bubble Gum Junkies, The Challenge, Safe, Apple Sauce. Radio: Vostok, Belongings, It’s Enough to Believe You’re in Danger, The Shadow of a Gunman.
Aileen is an actor, writer and theatre director. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. As an actor, Aileen’s film credits include: Such a Long Journey Dir. Sturla Gunnerson, I Love My Mum Dir. Alrick Riley, Forty Days of Mourning Dir. Aamina Ahmed. TV credits include: Holby City, Doctors, London’s Burning, Judge John Deed, Chucklevision.(BBC) Theatre credits include: Nora in A Doll’s House (Young Vic) ,Cordelia in King Lear (Orange Tree), Mishti in Skeleton (Soho Theatre), Hecuba (RSC).
“I got involved with this project along with the other actors to discover more about making film and to test the way that we work (a unique process inspired by the Meisner technique) on film. Could we have alive, moment to moment performances on film, when you have to recreate so much and when so many of the given circumstances are so fixed? It has been a real learning experience from co-writing with Myrna, to assistant directing on the day and to discovering the magic and joy of editing!”
See also her bio in the crew section for Aileen’s writing and directing credits.
Melanie Jane Hutchings
Melanie Jane Hutchings is a friend of Myrna Jelman’s and has never appeared on film before this occasion. She wishes to renew the experience!
Co-writer/assistant director/assistant editor
Aileen is an actor, writer and theatre director. Aileen has written Church Ladies an afternoon play for (Radio 4) and Tracy Beaker (BBC) as well as various stage plays.
Aileen was Assistant Director to Tim Supple on Midnight’s Children and Greg Doran on All’s Well That Ends Well (both RSC). Aileen directed the RSC Youth Ensemble in A Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon, as well as over 25 productions for C Company of mainly Shakespeare.
She is currently Artistic Director of Butterfly working on site specific productions around the UK and the director of the MA in Acting at Arts Educational Schools, London.
Myrna Jelman And Susan Bracken
Feel Good Film Festival
Helen Heaslip and Susan Bracken
Helen Heaslip and Nick Danan
Helen Heaslip and Susan Bracken
Myrna with DP
Susan Bracken, Myrna Jelman and Helen Heaslip