British actor Martin Delaney, currently performing in the BBC series, Josh, stepped behind the camera to represent the ‘London he feels he lives in’ and gave birth to his directorial debut, Queen’s Mile, nominated for Best British Short Film 2016 at the BAFTA-qualifying Iris Prize Film Festival.
Queen’s Mile is the LGBT-themed story of a young woman coping with the loss of the love of her life in her own romantic, poetic, and nostalgic way. The short film is a beautiful story whose protagonists are brilliantly embodied by star actresses Emerald O’Hanrahan in the leading role (Lewis, Assassin’s Creed, Alien: Isolation), and Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones, I Am Yours, The Good Karma Hospital).
Supported by a simple script and nicely fitting tunes, Tom Cullingham’s cinematography perfectly captures the vitality of the South Bank and the emotional turmoil that comes with depression, grief, and of course, love.
Although this work sometimes feels a little fast-paced, it remains an honest and thought-provoking piece of cinema.
Shot in a vibrant, diverse, and lively part of London, Queen’s Mile stands up for the British capital’s openness. Making the sexuality of his main characters totally irrelevant and using universal and classic themes, Martin Delaney brought to life a first piece of cinema that is meaningful, making gay love stories uncontroversial societal artefacts.
© Visuals by Protean Pictures