Issy Flower, Antonia Georgieva, Hannah Paybarah
Under The Influence
Aria and Sarah come from very different worlds but their mutual connection stems from a common motive: being at the top of their game. Lockdown’s hit everyone differently, and influencer Sarah thinks she can get a blog feature out of it. Aria, an actor stuck in quarantine, is desperate for exposure. When the two meet, their misconceptions about one another flare up and reveal the truth: that life can be hollow wherever you look. UNDER THE INFLUENCE explores the gaps between perception and reality. A zoom in on what happens after the ‘Zoom’ meeting ends, the film looks at the unfounded anxieties with which we confront the world, the unending struggle to present a perfect life online and the reality hidden behind the façade.
Available August 28th
Antonia Georgieva – Writer/Director
Antonia Georgieva is an international director, writer, and producer working across theatre and film. She specializes in both new writing and adaptations that challenge the dominant narratives and is particularly passionate about telling women’s stories and queer narratives. She began her training in theatre during
her BA at Columbia University in New York and then completed an MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked on a variety of productions both as a freelance director and as artistic director of Aslant Theatre Company, whose Offie-nominated debut production MUSE (Camden People’s Theatre; Tristan Bates Theatre) she wrote and directed.
Issy Flower – Writer/Performer
Issy Flower is a writer and actor, currently going into her third year at Durham University. She has participated in over 23 productions as actor, writer, producer and director, over film, theatre and radio. Her work won ‘Best New Writing’ at the Durham Drama Festival and she has been nominated at university-level for ‘Best Female Comedy Performance’. Her writing has been performed or shortlisted by JustOut Theatre, Kickitdown Productions, Hive North, the Painkiller Project and Catalyst 2020. Her journalism and prose writing have been published by Palatinate, the Bubble, and From the Lighthouse. She enjoys wallowing in nostalgia and keeps up a healthy twitter feed at @IssyFlower.
Hannah Paybarah – Writer/Performer
Hannah Paybarah is a multi-talented creative with a BMus(Hons) Degree. Her professional acting experience ranges from immersive theatre to contemporary shorts, improvisational comedy, presenting gigs and a multitude of commercials, to name but a few. With over 12 years of industry experience, Hannah’s career
has taken her all over the world, most recently leading her to Australia where she worked creatively on a number of projects until April 2020. Whilst experienced in the art of composition and writing for theatre, Hannah is very excited to be making her screen-writing debut alongside her fellow virtual collaborators! For a full list of Hannah’s performance credits, please visit: https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/3019-6750-6355