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Blow Up Dolls

A sci-fi comedy set in Burnley, about a woman who rebuilds herself as a cyborg to cope with life as a mum.




Donna is doing her best to be a good mum to Chloe and a good wife to Deano, while working every hour to make ends meet, and it's killing her... until she discovers a revolutionary new treatment secretly being trialed in Burnley. Thanks to the wonders of CyberTone Therapy, Donna is transformed, able to function again on turbo power with extra potency, and extra false tan to hide the metallic sheen. But can Deano handle his new super-charged wife? Can teenager Chloe connect with her perfect mum? And does Donna even care any more? Forget about the fembots of Stepford, the women of Burnley are retooling themselves as cyborgs to meet the impossible standards life sets for them. Blow Up Dolls is about the lure of the indestructible strong woman, and the weaknesses that make real heroines. This is character-driven sci-fi, set in a northern cross-cultural community of women, with humour, heart and the odd explosion.


Carolina Giammetta (Director)

Carolina is an award-winning Film, TV & Theatre writer/director. She has made a number of short films that have been selected for International Film Festivals and have won numerous Best Short Film Awards across the world.

Her recent work includes the highly acclaimed short film I Don't Care commissioned by Film London, and the multi-award winning Night Amour that premiered at BFI LOCO and won Best Short Film at Broad Humor in LA (voted by MovieMaker as the Best Female Comedy Film Festival in the world). Her BP comedy promo Bump was a winner of the MOFILM Competition 2014. Man Up was a finalist in the Reed Film Competition and Virgin Media Shorts and screened at cinemas across the UK. She has also worked as a director for BBC Drama on Doctors and for BBC Comedy on Funny Plus One and Comedy Snacks (BBC3 & Online).

Last year Carolina completed a series of 28 short period dramas about the British Civil War involving CGI, SFX and VFX (Winner: 2x Cannes TV & Media awards 2015. Nominated for RTS AWARD 2015). She works extensively in theatre, most recently directing the dark comedy Ripple for NYT at the Arcola Theatre.
Carolina is an alumnus of EIFF Talent Lab, BFI’s Think-Shoot-Distribute, The Bureau’s SOS, Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle and Film London’s Micro Market. She currently has three feature films in development.

Visit Carolina's website here and watch her short film Night Armour below.

Joy Wilkinson (Writer)

Joy Wilkinson is an award-winning writer working across film, television, theatre and radio drama. She was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2015, and as one of Den of Geek’s ’50 Exciting Screenwriters to Watch Out For’ in 2016. Her work has been selected for the Brit List and she has several feature projects in funded development.

Joy is an alumnus of Filmonomics, the Vipers Nest, and is being mentored by Sir Kenneth Branagh as part of Guiding Lights. Joy’s television work includes the critically-acclaimed BBC1 five-parter Nick Nickleby, and she has several original dramas in development. Her stageplays have won the Verity Bargate Award and been widely performed in the UK and USA. She writes extensively for Radio 4, including the spin-off from the hit Danish TV drama Borgen and the highly acclaimed recent adaptation of Fay Weldon’s The Life and Loves of a She Devil.

Visit Joy's website here

Jude Goldrei, Lunar Lander Films  (Producer)

Jude’s company has received a BFI Vision Award, and has a slate of comedy, sci-fi and horror features films in development with talent including Joy Wilkinson, Carolina Giammetta, Nick Payne, Alex Winckler, Lucy Moore, Laura Smith and Aurora Fearnley. Her comedy feature with Payne and Winckler is in development with Creative England / BFI NET.WORK.

Jude has produced award-winning short films, a short animated series for Channel 4, and she was an executive producer on behalf of the UK Film Council on 70 short films, including a BAFTA winner. She has also worked as a film adviser for the British Council, a development producer for Universal Spirits, a producer at Into Film, a production manager across Creative England’s iShorts schemes, and has worked at markets for Bankside Films. She also assesses scripts for schemes such as BBC Writer’s Room. She was selected for the Vipers Nest, Binger FilmLab and Guiding Lights 2016.

Visit Lunar Lander Films here.


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