Fourteen year old Leigh dreams of scoring a perfect ten at the upcoming gymnastics championships. But it’s hard to be the best when you can barely afford the train fare to practice and you feel like you’ll never be as good as the other, more confident girls in class. Her Dad’s not around much - but she looks after herself just fine. When her cocky half-brother Joe comes to stay, Leigh isn’t impressed. She didn’t know she had a brother and definitely doesn’t want one now. Angry at the intrusion, Leigh sets about making his life as difficult as possible. But, when she isn’t picked for the squad, Joe is the only person that seems to care. He introduces her to the scooter gang he rides with and Leigh finds a release in the wild energy of the moped scene - beginning to live a double life which makes her reassess the meaning of perfection.
Eva Riley (Writer/Director)
Eva studied photography and film in Edinburgh before attending the National Film and Television School, where her graduation film Patriot competed for the short film Palme D’Or in Cannes. Previously, Eva has been commissioned to write and direct films by organisations including Creative Scotland, Ideastap and Digicult. Her short films have screened at festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh, Telluride and the BAFTA New Talent Awards. She is currently working on a new short for BBC Films called Diagnosis which will be completed in 2016.
You can watch the trailer for Patriot below.
Jacob Thomas (Producer)
Jacob is the founder of Ngauruhoe Film. After graduating with film and law degrees in New Zealand he worked on films, commercials and music videos. Relocating to the UK he completed a Masters in Producing at the National Film and Television School. His short films North, Sea Child and Territory have won numerous prizes. Jacob produces music videos and content while developing feature and television projects.
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