LFW22 | Shorts Competition

Friday 9 December 2022



Directed by Mat Sheldon
United Kingdom | Drama | 2022 | 10 min


Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls ‘my monster’.


Joan – Ellora Torchia


Written & Directed – Mat Sheldon
Producers – Mat Sheldon, Nileema Yesmin
Executive Producer – Neville Pierce
Director of Photography – David Foulkes
Production Design – Adam O’Neill
Art Direction – Rosalind Grégoire
Costume Design – Sara Burn
Music – Rutger Hoedemaekers
Hair & Makeup – Elvis Schmoulianoff
Editor – Lucy Berry
Colourist – Richard Fearon
VFX Lead – James Marshall
Sound Designer & Supervisor – Anna Sulley
Re-recording Mixer – Pip Norton
Production Sound Mixer – Andrei-Tudor Grigore
1st AD – Joe Mulvihill
1st AC – Justin McGillivray
2nd AC – Jake Sheldon
Gaffer – Alex Gibbon
Electrician – Stephen Humphrey
DIT – Ash Daniyan
2nd Unit DoP (Canada) – Aaron Bernakevitch
1st AC (Canada) – Nikhil Kumar
Location Scout (Canada) – Jess Richter
Production Sound Mixer (Canada) – Brad Martin
Harp & Violin – Margaret Hermant
Cello – Marine Horbaczewski
Recording Engineer (Music) – Fabien Leseure
Production Assistant – Zara Saeed
Transport – Wayne Huntley
Location Manager – Danny Ward
DIT & Playback – Mission Digital
Lighting – Ultralight UK
Camera – One Stop Films
Props – Classic Prop Hire Company
Logistics – XIX Logistics
Catering – The Caribbean Kitchen
Assistant Editor – Pete Kovacs
Edit Producer – Nikki Porter
Post & VFX Producer – Tamara Mennell
Foley Artist – Karolina Jedrzejczyk
Edit House – Final Cut (London)
Post Production – Black Kite Studios
Recorded – Sound Disposition
Mixed – 5A Studios
Graphic Design – Polytechnic
Special Thanks – Cris Aragón, Jack Stew, Jenny Sheldon

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Friday 9 December 2022


The Garden Cinema
39-41 Parke Street
London WC2B 5PQ

Other Festival Selections

HollyShorts, New Hampshire  FF,
Leeds FF,  New York Shorts

About the Director

Mat Sheldon studied film and theatre at University of Rochester, New York. Training includes working with the legendary director’s coach Judith Weston, who has consulted with noted directors including Ava DuVernay, Alma Har’el and Taika Waititi. He has written, produced and directed over twenty short films.

What matters to him? Cinematic drama. Smart genres. Veracity. Blood. Identity. Love. Memory and the vision of the future state. Connecting story, character and craft. Birth mother Joan, who gave everything.

Work in progress includes THE COLOR OF OUR MEMORY, part science fiction, part real examining the intersection between digital and human memories to alter our future and DEADWEIGHT, a dark drama with a sense of humour about the crushing nature of family.

Director Statement

“THE ELECTRICITY IN ME is a visceral portrait of Joan Stockdale, my Canadian birth mother. Built around an eviscerating stream of consciousness one shot performance, the film is a three dimensional reflection of her in me, an undoubtedly flawed mirror. What I do know is Ellora Torchia’s extraordinary connection with the character is wholly real; a living and breathing embodiment of my flesh and blood. Someone I never met but know deeply.”