The Portrait is a short and powerful drama by the film making partnership of Chris and Ewan Forster (director and writer respectively). When a young art student paints a portrait of her ageing grandfather, her mother is forced to confront a past she had been trying to forget. A co-production between Eclectic Films and Blinder Films (Ireland).
The nineteen minute film ‘The Portrait’, has been written by Ewan Forster and directed by his brother Chris Forster. The film examines some complex dilemmas within three generations of one family. Through the painting of a portrait we are asked to consider: Is it ever better not to know some things than to know them? Does secrecy protect or damage those we love? Can all things be forgiven and forgotten?
The films stars Joss Ackland, Juliet Stevenson, Charlotte Richie, Neil Pearson and Max Lewis.
The Portrait completed June 2013, funded by the BFI.
DIRECTOR Chris Forster WRITER Ewan Forster PRODUCERS Clive Myer, Lynda Myer, Katie
Holly EXEC PRODUCERS Nicky Bentham, Emilt Kryrakides, Natashca Wharton, Allan Niblo, Janine Marmot LINE PRODUCER Joanne Dixon PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Carmen Kelly DOP Florian Emmerich PRODUCTION DESIGNER Thalia Ecclestone ART DEPARTMENT Alexandra DaSilva & Paul Pattison COSTUME DESIGNER Tania Chant MAKE UP DESIGNER Cate Hall PAINTING BY Bee Griffith