Ramona & The Chair

a short film by Dominique Lecchi

Ramona & The Chair

Ramona takes all her therapist’s advice as the word of God.
But instead of enlightenment, she finds herself in a trinity of confusion
with an empty chair.

A humorous look at therapy, indecision, and the furniture that bears the weight of all this.

Ramona & The Chair is an offbeat comedy drama about a young woman attempting to find meaning within herself.

When the chair role play exercises from Ramona's sessions with her low cost therapist Zadie begin to have real implications on her life, Ramona realises she needs to take action.

Everyone has an opinion on what she should do, but the question is whether Ramona herself can work out what exactly it is that she needs.

Ramona & The Chair was made with funding from the BFI, Creative England and Film London through their Alumni scheme.

Balsa Wood

Cast

Yasmin Paige

as Ramona

Yasmin is known for her work with director Richard Ayoade in the film Submarine as Jordana Bevan; and in The Double, as Melanie. She also recently appeared in the E4 series Glue, and in the acclaimed film, Chicken.

Jess

Vinette Robinson

as Zadie

Vinette is best known for her work as Sergeant Sally Donovan in BBC’s Sherlock, and as Nicola Daniels in The A Word. She most recently starred in the Hollywood sci-fi film Morgan, and in Black Mirror for Netflix.

PikSen

George Webster

as Lou

George recently starred as Milo in the E4 comedy series Tripped, and in The Last Dragon Slayer for Sky. He will be seen in the upcoming National Geographic series, Genius, directed by Ron Howard.

Andrew

Mia Soteriou

as Mother

Mia is a musician and actor. Her varied roles include that of Arina in Mamma Mia; as P.C. Paula Campbell in EastEnders; and Mirri Maz Duur in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Lourdes

Nicholas Woodeson

as Priest

Nicholas is a veteran actor known for his work alongside Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in the acclaimed BBC/HBO production Conspiracy. Recently, he appeared in BBC's The Living and the Dead.

Leighanne

Crew

Dominique Lecchi   |   Writer-Director

Dominique is a writer-director based in London, UK, originally from Wellington, NZ. Ramona & The Chair is her second short film, made with funding from the BFI, Film London and Creative England through their Alumni scheme.

Lecchi's first short film, Balsa Wood, was also awarded funding through Film London in 2014. The film screened internationally at festivals including Athens International Film + Video Festival, Lunafest, Aesthetica, Show Me Shorts, and won the short film prize at Regiofun Film Festival in 2015.

Creative England are now financing the development of a feature script based on the characters from Balsa Wood.

Aside from filmmaking, Dominique is a keen ceramicist.

Agnes Meath Baker   |   Producer

Agnes is a film and TV agent at Curtis Brown. She comes from a background working in development and production at DNA Films on films including Alex Garland's acclaimed Ex Machina, Far From the Madding Crowd starring Carey Mulligan, and the upcoming adaptation of Jeff Vandermeer's novel Annihilation.

She first met Dominique while they were both working at Independent Talent, producing her first short film, Balsa Wood, in 2014, and her second, Ramona & The Chair, in 2016. Both were funded through Film London.

Agnes is now developing a feature film with Dominique with financing from Creative England.

When not producing, Agnes enjoys admiring Dominique’s ceramic creations.

Lukas Demgenski   |   Director of Photography

Lukas has worked across both short and feature films since 2004. His recent work as DOP includes the feature, Waking David. Lukas’ work has been shown at the V&A, Southbank Centre, and in competition at film festivals internationally including London Short Film Festival and SXSW.

This is his second collaboration with Lecchi following their work together on Balsa Wood.

Erline O’Donovan   |   Editor

Erline started making films when she was 9 years old and has been editing since early 2007. She attended the ESEC (Paris) before moving to the UK to further her career.

Erline has gone on to assist on films such as Ex Machina and Tarzan Untamed, and was additional editor on films including Big Game before recently editing her first feature, Just Charlie. She’s about to edit her second feature, Milk & Honey.

Carmen Mueck   |   Production Designer

Carmen is a set and costume designer for theatre, opera, film & television. Carmen has worked on productions including Hampstead, Goodbye Christopher Robin, and as costume designer on the IFTA award winning short Morning.

This is her second collaboration with Lecchi following their work together on Balsa Wood.

Marina Elderton   |   Composer

Marina is a composer for film and an independent artist. She graduated from the NFTS with a MA in Composing for Film & Television, where she was awarded two scholarships from the Musicians' Union and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.

Her scores include the recent Film4 production Awakening, the short MIA (official selection BFI London Film Festival 2016), and The Wrong End of the Stick (nominated for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards 2016).

Theo Park   |   Casting Director

Theo comes from a background in production (Black Books, Spaced) and within a talent agency. Theo was a casting associate on such wide and varied projects as J.J. Abrams' Star Wars, Paddington and Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd.

This is her second collaboration with Lecchi following their work together on Balsa Wood.

Rowan Watson   |   Sound Designer

Rowan is a sound designer from New Zealand. He cut his teeth at Park Road Post as part of Peter Jackson's sound crew, working on Steven Spielberg's Tintin and The Hobbit trilogy, gaining expertise in sound recording, effects editing, and sound design from some of the best in the business. Rowan now lives and works from London.


Festivals

21 September 2016
iShorts & London Calling Alumni screening - out of competition
09 August 2017
Taking Charge - in competition
11 November 2017
Creative England Showcase
24 November 2017
Official selection - nominated for Best Original Score
23 February 2018
Creative England Showcase


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