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Bringing Women’s Stories to the Big Screen

‘Over Her Shoulder’, the powerful short film made by a team led by Alexandra Crawshaw, Class of 2018, and part-funded by the LEH Emerging Talent Award has garnered praise on the film festival circuit.

Alexandra Crawshaw, who currently works for the BBC’s international charity BBC Media Action, while running Shaw Productions in her spare time, used her ETA 2022 to help complete post-production of the film.

‘Over Her Shoulder’ tells the story of Carrie, who must navigate an unexpected visit from her volatile partner: troubling her housemates and challenging the extent to which Carrie can ignore her intuition. It co-stars two other LEH alumnae from her year: Anastasia Martin and Florence Guy.

She describes her sense of “joy and relief” when she heard she’d received the funding from the Alumnae Advisory Group. “Almost a year’s worth of personal work and investment, and teamwork, was going to be brought to life.”

She adds: “I am deeply appreciative of the ETA. In an industry where building experience and a portfolio requires considerable financing, and opportunities for freelancers can be hard to come by, the significance of the award is not underestimated.

“Alongside this, and more importantly, I cannot help but appreciate how it's fitting to be telling this story, giving voice to female experiences through themes of intimate partner violence and the power of loving friendships, with a female-led team supported by the ETA.”

You can see a trailer of the film on Vimeo here: Over Her Shoulder - Trailer. And you can also show your support by following the film on Instagram: @_overhershoulder_

To read Alexandra’s full report about completing the film and the success it has enjoyed since its premiere in May 2023, please click here: ETA 2022 report

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