Short film Damage gets its premiere in the next week, ahead of plans to turn it into a feature.

One of the many films getting an outing courtesy of the Birmingham Film Festival – of which you can read more here – is Damage. It’s based on true stories, and tells the story of a young man in a relationship with an abusive fiancée. Many interviews were done with domestic violence survivors before the film was made.

Melissa Donello has penned the script for the short film, with Fernando Maffei directing. Jet Summan and Amy Shepherd lead the cast.

The movie is a co-production between two Worcestershire-based production companies, Testarossa Productions and Inspirit Productions. The film also has support of men’s domestic violence charity, ManKind.

The long-term plan is to develop Damage as a feature film project, and this short – now completed and ready for public viewing – is the first huge step towards that.

The Birmingham Film Festival website is here, and it runs from November 1st through to the 10th.

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