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LONDON – Avant-garde U.K. director Ben Charles Edwards‘ short film Dotty could signal the beginning of a fresh British acting dynasty. The film stars nine-year-old Rudy Law, son of Jude Law and ex-wife Sadie Frost.
Frost and Law junior star alongside each other in Edwards’ take on a classic American children’s fantasy. Co-written with Dominic Wells, Dotty details the story of a lonely child who stumbles across an old caravan while wandering across the Nevada desert and meets the eccentric old woman of the story’s title.
The short is due to premiere ahead of Dom Hemmingway, the British crime thriller starring Jude Law, at a screening in London on Oct. 20. It will then stream via Ben Charles Edwards site from November 2013.
Shot on location in Nevada, the film is a true family affair, produced by Frost’s own banner, Blonde to Black Pictures. She produced the film with Emma Comley and Edwards, with Andrew Green as executive producer.
Edwards said Frost “was teaching Rudy a lot whilst we were on set,” describing the filmmaking process as “just charming.”
“It was beautiful moments to witness, watching a mum and a son work like that,” he added.
Edwards also told THR that Jude Law gave input on the film.
“So it really was a family effort, because the suggestions that Jude made to the edit hugely strengthened the project by helping with the structure — adding shots, taking them away. Jude really got the balance right.”
Frost described the title character as fun. “I love playing characters that are very different from me, where I can completely transform myself. So Dotty is a kooky, eccentric old lady — I love the way she dances.”
Dotty marks Edwards’ eighth outing behind the camera. He has also collaborated with artists and talent such as Russian conceptual artist Andrey Bartenev (for a photography exhibit at the Russian Museum of Modern Art), Zandra Rhodes, artist Piers Atkinson, musician and DJ Boy George and the fashion world¹s Giles Deacon at Vogue Italia.
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