by Luna Carmoon




1984, London: 7 year old Maria and her mother live in their own loving world built on sorting through bins and collecting shiny rubbish. One night, their world falls apart, and we join Maria a decade later, living with her foster mother. An older stranger, Michael, then enters their home, opening the door to past trauma, magic and madness…


UK  2023  126 mn 16:9  5.1  English  1st Feature film

directed by

Luna Carmoon

Produced by

BBC and BFI present a production of Loran Dunn (Delaval), Helen Simmons (Erebus Production) and Andrew Starke (Anti-Worlds)


Saura Lightfoot Leon (Maria)

Hayley Squires (Mother)

Joseph Quinn (Michael)


Cinematographer:  Nanu Segal

Editor:  Rachel Durance

Production Design:  Bobbie Cousins

Costume Design:  Nat Turner

Music:  Jim Williams


Settimana Internazionale della Critica –  Audience Award   Award for most innovative film – Special Mention to Saura Lightfoot Leon for her performance Female Authors Under 40 Valentina Pedicini Award for direction and screenplay

London BFI Film Festival – First Feature Competition

Athens International Film Festival – Best Screenplay 

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid (SEMINCI) – Meeting Point Competition 

Cambridge Film Festival – International Festival Highlights

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival – International Competition 

Venezia a Napoli

JIO Mumbai Film Festival

The International Women Film Festival in Florence

International Film Festival of Kerala – World Cinema


Göteborg Film Festival – Ingmar Bergman Competition 

Santa Barbara International Film Festival – International Competition 

Lux Film Fest – Special Mention for Direction

Kosmorama Film Festival – New Directors Competition

Vilnius Film Festival –SPECIAL MENTION 

Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

Istanbul Film Festival – Young Masters Award 

Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz

Munich Film Festival – Cinevision Competition

Luna Carmoon's bio

Luna Carmoon is a self-taught writer-director born and bred in South East London. Often dissecting the absurd with the mundane, rooted in the mythology of her own memories, conjuring oddness out of the familiar her work is always peppered from her own lived experiences nodding greatly to 60’s/70s British cinema. Luna was a 2022 Screen “Star of Tomorrow”.

Luna Carmoon 's filmo

2020 – Shagbands | Short 18’

2018 – Nosebleed | Short 10’