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Narrative short film
BFI Network in association with First Flights 
A Just Copy and Bird in Hand Production

15 mins 

A young woman is surprised to see her chronically ill sister has a new life.

Starring Milly Zero as Kitty and Ellie James as Ruth
Severine Meri-Howell as Lily, and Frankie Wade as Nathan

With Ntiarna Knight, Victoria Gill, Alex Harvey and Nathan Joseph as Beach Friends

Written & Directed by Zoe Hunter Gordon

Produced by Celestine Fraser, Olwyn Fagan and Ben Woodsmith
Development Producer - Emily Lowe

Associate Writers (Writers' Room) - Celestine Fraser, Kyla Harris, Jennifer Martin and Gem Carmella 

Edited by Raluca Petre 
Director of Photography - Tamás A. Méder
Production Design by Syd Harmony

Sound Design by Andrej Bako

Casting Director- Louise Collins 
Costume Designers - India Ayles and Anouk Moudini 
Colour by Vlad Barin and Karol Cybulski at CHEAT
Hair and Makeup: Caitlin Ross 
1st AD: Sheena Patel

Supported by Magnus Rausing
Executive Producers:  Magnus Rausing, Nick Sadler, Kirsty Bell
For BFI Nework, Production Executive: Jo Cadoret 

For full credits, IMDb

- Premiere: BFI London Film Festival 2023 (Official Selection)
- Norwich Film Festival 2023 (Official Selection)
- Emerging Filmmakers Night 2023 (In Competition: Best British Short)

- TweetFest Film Festival 2023 (In Competition: Best British Short)
- This is England Film Festival 2023, Rouen (France) (Official Selection) 

- Fish & Films Film Festival 2023, Granville (France) (Official Selection)
- Beeston Film Festival 2024 (Official Selection)
- Shared Visions Film Festival 2024 (Previously NIFF) (Official Selection) 


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-Best Actress (Ellie James), 
TweetFest Film Festival 2023
-Honourable Mention (2nd place Best British Short)
Emerging Filmmakers Night 2023

Selected Press

“The film is fantastic. Remarkably compressed, beautifully observed, and very well acted (especially by Ellie James). The writing is fully convincing. The whole thing left me wanting more (in a good way)!” 
Arjun Sajip, film journalist (previously, Reviews Editor Sight & Sound)

"We found Better to be poignant and beautifully executed.
We loved the use of perspective, as it invited the viewer to consider their own prejudices and biases on the issues.  Th
e performances were powerful and the filmmaking across all departments was fantastic.'"​ 
Lillian Crawford, film critic (on behalf of EFN jury)

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