Jessica Loveland in Film & TV


iShorts3 - 'Metroland'

When Ben's mum passes away he figures it's not too late for them to take one last trip back to Metroland. After all, she did always want to ride the roller coaster... A film about family ties and the stupid things we do for the people we love.

The film written and directed by Benjamin Bee and produced by Maria Caruana Galizia. The film is set in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Team

Benjamin Bee, Writer/Director

Benjamin Bee is a Newcastle based writer and director. His short film 'Step Right Up' played at over 35 film festivals, winning 3 awards, was nominated for a further 20 and was long-listed for the BAFTA Best Short Film Award 2014. 'A Plastic Toy Dinosaur', played at over 20 film festivals, won numerous awards and screened on BBC 3. This led Benjamin to be nominated for BBC New Filmmaker of the Year Award in 2006.

Benjamin has made a number of no-budget, super- short comedy films. Frank, a heart-wrenching story of a man who is betrayed by his animated friend, took him to the BAFTAs in 2008.

Benjamin graduated from the London Film School in 2015. His short project, 'Wheels', a comedy about family, love and dogging, was one of the three winning projects at NISI MASA European Short Pitch 2014. His graduation project 'Sebastian and Them' has already been selected for over 20 festivals. It marks Benjamin’s sixth collaboration with actor/writer Dan Mersh. Benjamin has just directed a comedy project written by Dan and produced by Baby Cow.

Benjamin is currently in production on 'Mordechai' funded by The Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film 

Maria Caruana Galizia, Producer

Maria Caruana Galizia is an entrepreneurial producer based in Newcastle.  She used to work in the editing and camera departments of Scottish Television, 'Game of Thrones' and 'Sinbad', before setting up her own company Candle & Bell. She has produced videos for Sony Music Entertainment, Festival of Media, Northumbria University and many more. She has also produced a number of short films. 

Most recently 'A Six and Two Threes', writtent and directed by Andy Berriman, (winner at London Lift Off Festival, Official Selection London Short Film Festival, Official Selection Kino Manchester Short Film Festival and West Chester Film Festival) and 'The Lost Girl', written and directed by Laura Degnan (Winner Best Cinematography Canberra Short Film Festival, Official Selection London Short Film Festival, Official Selection Aesthetica Short Film Festival) Candle & Bell is dedicated to making films in the North East that are distinct in story and style. 


To support 'Metroland', visit the team's CrowdfunderUK page.

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