Dylan is a teenager who harbours a dark secret. Whilst he may look like many other sulky teen, he hides another side to his personality away from the world. Much to the shame of his parents, Dylan likes Country Music…
Notes: Originally shot in 2010, a very short version was entered into the Virgin Media Shorts competition where it narrowly missed out on the final shortlist. The full length version was completed in the summer of 2012.
Directed by Amy Coop
Written by Amy Coop & Andrew Yerlett
Produced by Cat Cooper & Amy Coop
An Elfin Productions film in association with Angelic Films.
Dylan – Richard Southgate
Dad – Tim McInnerny
Mum – Kazia Pelka
“That’s the genial genius of this little film from Amy Coop: treating a silly subject with deadpan drama, it becomes about so much more than it seems. Handsomely shot, A Little Bit Country effectively channels professional productions into this pristine passion project. Expertly spread across just seven minutes, it’s a film that understands perfectly how to play its cards, emphasising awkwardness to bait a final sweet reveal.
Coop has conceived a neat little narrative here that she brings to life with concise clarity. The brevity of the material, together with tongue-in-cheek nature of its humour and the eventually sweet outro, almost dismissively disengages with the underlying ideas, and that—in a sense—is part of the charm. A Little Bit Country is a delightfully simple story of acceptance, of coming to terms with the truth of the people you think you know, and loving them all the more for it. 74/100″– Ronan Doyle, NextProjection.com
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“The beauty of this short is that it is hilarious. The melodramatic reaction of his parents to his secret obsession is priceless. “It’s almost as bad as that, what do you call it, car keys in the bowl…” his father says. “What, swinging?” his mother responds, horrified. Playful, fun, and really well shot and acted. The writer/director Amy Coop has quite a few accolades already for this film, as well as for her other work, going by what she has up on her website, so I’d definitely be interested in seeing what else she does!” –Gesilayefa Azorbo, PhotoMusicOgraphy.
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“A very humourous and in your face metaphorical take on a typical ‘My-parents-found-out-that-I’m-gay-story’ that earns its short film classification, with a running time of just under 5 minutes. But then my love for country music didn’t last much longer either. Poignant and entertaining.” – Jan Scheider, EILE Magazine.
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Festivals / Screenings / Awards:
Leeds Young Film Festival – Short film Panorama 2013
Seattle Translations Film Festival – Official Selection 2013
Fuse Film Festival, Manchester – Official Selection 2013
Kansas City LGBT Film Festival – Official Selection 2013
FlipsideTV Film Festival 2013 – Official Selection 2013
GAZE Film Festival, Dublin – Official Selection 2013
WorldKids Film Festival, India – Official Selection 2013
Birmingham SHOUT LGBT Film Festival, Alabama – Official Selection 2013
Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival – Official Selection 2013
Shropshire Rainbow LGBT Film Festival – Official Selection 2013
South Dakota International Film Festival – Official Selection 2013
Red Minies Short Film Festival, London – Official Selection 2013
Vibe:Shorts, London – Screening Selection 2013
Village Film Festival, Essex – Screening Selection 2013
Film North, Huntsville International Film Festival, Canada – Official Selection 2013
Cinema Jam, London – Screening Selection 2013
FlashFrame, London – Screening Selection 2013
Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2013 – Official Selection
CineMe, Bristol – Screening Selection 2013
Tight Shorts, London – Screening Selection 2013
Reel Indie Film Festival, Toronto – Official Selection 2013
CinemaClub, Brooklyn – Screening Selection 2013
Re:Vault Film Den, London – Screening Selection 2013
Film Out San Diego – Official Selection 2014
Indie Boots Film Festival, Chicago – Official Selection 2014
Gender Odyssey Family Conference, Seattle – Screening Selection 2014
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia – Official Selection 2015 – Australian Premiere
Queer as Film, London – Screening Selection 2015.
Ayr International Short Film Festival – Official Selection 2015.
Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival, Little Rock – Official Selection 2015
DoP – Trevor Coop
Production Designer – Matt Foster
Make Up Designer – Sophie Liddiard
Costume Designer – Jo Wright
Editor – Amy Coop
Colourist – Gwyn Evans
Sound Editor – Arthur Graley