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Ellen Is Leaving


Ellen is leaving because she can. Travel is the cancer of modern relationships.
Ellen needs to find her sad-sack of a boyfriend, Hamish, a nice leaving gift to try and help the mutual breakup feel a bit better. When Hamish jokingly suggests she get him a new girlfriend Ellen realises it's actually the perfect idea and sets out to find him the right girl. But when things start going a bit better than planned, Ellen starts to loose her nerve. Can she really give him up?

Director: Michelle Savill

Executive Producer: Gaylene Preston

Producer: Michelle Savill, Desray Armstrong

Screenwriter: Martha Hardy-Ward

Cinematographer: Andrew Stroud

Editor: Simon Price

Production Designer: Heather Hayward and Tessa Peach

Sound Designer: James Hayday

Music: Mark Brenndorfer

Principal Cast: Tai Berdinner Blades, Jack Sergent Shadbolt, Rose Young


Michelle's first short "Betty Banned Sweets", screened at Aspen Short Film Festival 2009. Last year Michelle spent three months in New York working in script development at Killer Films. Her most recent short "Ellen Is Leaving" was a finalist in the 'New Zealand's Best' Short Film Programme at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival.

Public Film Contact
Michelle Savill
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