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Cuddling A Monster or: Ride Out The Wave (Short, 2015)

24 Hour Film #3: A mother struggles to cope with her emotions after her partner moves out of the family home. However, she slowly begins to realise that her heartache is affecting the relationship that she has with another person in the house…

Shot in under a day for the Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge (Derby Film Festival). The brief included a line of dialogue ("It just doesn't add up") and an action (a character looks through something but does not find what they are looking for). The 3-minute cut of the film (available HERE) won the competition but the 'Director's Cut' is my preferred version and represents my original vision for this particular story.

Starring Marie & Lily Holliday, Cinematography & Sound by Mark Duggan & Alex Gilbert, Music by Lewis Brewster.


Written, Directed, Edited & Produced by Mark Duggan.


"Never allow loneliness to drive you into the arms of someone you know you don't belong with."

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