► Sunday Shorts: After She’s Gone

Written and Directed by Richard Jamze
Produced by Payton Harkonen
Starring Blake Le Burniy, Kat Tait and Charlotte Stent

Before its cancelation, the dangerous ‘Amber Pill’ was created to help users see their loved ones again. If you had the last pills made, would you take them? When their only daughter suddenly dies, a grieving mother and father are forced to confront their once competitive relationship over her – and their failing relationship with each other. In this tale of love and loss, moving forward will require an acceptance the past.

Article by Richard Jamze

This short was created as my graduate project from Griffith Film School. I am so eternally grateful to the entire cast, crew, and mentors who came together to make this project possible.

The final work is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of hard work and dedication. It is because of them – as well as the many brave souls who shared their own experiences of grief to help in the telling of this story – that the project exists at all. For that, I cannot thank them enough.

After She’s Gone is a film inspired by my own personal experience with loss. It’s a hard thing to fathom, when we grow to learn that someone so important to us is gone forever. It was this feeling of immense grief and pain that I wanted to explore on screen.

In exploring this through cinema, I wanted to take the audience through my own honest experience of how loss felt to me. Its raw, uncomfortable, and frequently ugly – but it’s the truth.

I think there’s a little bit of us in these broken and damaged characters, which is why I found it such an important story to tell. My hope is that in creating this, it might find someone who has experienced a similar time in their life, and help them to feel a little less alone.

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