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The Clearing

NY Premiere

Director: Daniel Hope

United Kingdom, 2021, 13 min

Festival Year:2022


Genres:Dark Comedy, Surreal

Cast:Julian Barratt, Julia Davis

Crew:Writer: Daniel Hope. Producer: Johannes Schubert.


In a desperate battle with his ballooning ego, Bill struggles in vain to re-woo Deb with his below-par outdoor skills and, quite frankly, shocking behaviour, until their last-ditch camping trip takes a VERY sinister turn.

About the director

Daniel Robert Hope (Dan) is a British animator, filmmaker and writer.

With a love of films and games, Dan started out as an animator and VFX artist, later gaining recognition for directing commercials in animation. Dan went on to study at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) where he directed shorts All at Sea and Barry the Bottomfeeder, before writing and directing The Clearing.

Sad and silly, Dan's work explores character through surreal comedy in stop motion animation.

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