A man with an unknown past takes up room and board in the remote Scottish Highlands on the property of a woman named Bronte and her husband William. His name is Georgios, a transplant from Greece. It’s not clear what he’s left behind, but what he’s found is a place to sleep and work to be done. For awhile, his presence is tolerated as long as he fulfills his labor: digging peat, shuttling it into town. But as the days pass without end in site, tension builds between the three, particularly with William who's had enough of the visitor.
Director Ian Waugh is a fiercely intelligent filmmaker who parses out character details incrementally and with great care. Similar in atmosphere and setting to his previous short Strayed (which we featured in 2014), As He Lay Falling offers an impressive mix of vivid close-ups and stunning vistas. Georgios is an outsider and treated as such (a solo trip to the local bar finds a drunken Scotsman glaring and calling him gypsy), but William is also not native, an incomer from England. So where do the lines get drawn? A penetrating short about identity, self-worth, and displacement. (20 minutes).
As He Lay Falling premiered in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria. Having screened at over 25 international festivals it was released online through the BFI and is being developed into a feature film by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films and Only Son, supported by the Scottish Film Talent Network with the assistance of Creative Scotland and the BFI NET.WORK.