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The 5 Year Cycle

Maisie as Jess

Directed by: Dominic Alderson
Written by: Dominic Alderson
Produced by: N/A
Production year: 2014
Original release: April 2014 (UK)
Running time: 5 minutes
Other cast: Olivia Thomas, Nick Thomas
Misc: Vimeo

The story takes place in a futuristic setting where a young girl, Sam, is observed by her social worker, Jess, after the girl’s mother has been arrested to server her daughter’s “crime time” of 60 days. On day 24, Jess reveals it is the end of the 5 year cycle meaning they must plant special beans in order to continue having oxygen.

The 5 Year Cycle is a short film made for the Sci-Fi 48 Hour Film Challenge in London. Sci-Fi London provided a piece of dialogue, a prop, and an optional scientific theme or idea. Participants had 48 hours to complete filming.