Short Slot 4

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

Far From the Castle

Directed by Julia Jansch
Narrative Short
South Africa | 16 min | 2020

On drought-ridden Southernmost tip of Africa, Eliza taps into her divine heritage to search for water. A mile away, the roaming Rotterdams have recently arrived in the region, only to set off again in search of a solution to the dwindling water reserves on the farm. They leave their only son, Maddox, behind. Now alone and free to preoccupy himself with his own time and ghastly imagination, Maddox stumbles upon Eliza searching for fresh water. She might just be the one to quench his thirst. Far from the Castle is a psycho-sexual fable warning us that while water owes nothing to nobody, it still speaks louder than words.

Far From the Castle - Poster

Signing on to direct this film was an easy “yes” for me. The team behind this female written, directed, and produced short film set out to create a story on screen that reflects the diverse world we live in, while staying true to our comedic roots. The comedic timing each performer brought to set was just *chef’s kiss.* And we are proud our cast and crew represent a variety of individual backgrounds, including African American, Middle Eastern, LGBTQ, Latinx, and Asian.

Far From the Castle - Julia Jansch Julia Jansch

Julia Jansch is a writer/director/ producer, born and raised in South Africa, living between SA and NYC. After 10 years working in development at FremantleMedia and RadicalMedia, Julia went independent. Her debut short is
feature in development. She is currently in post
“Far From The Castle,” and she has a series and a
production on her next short. Julia has an MBA from
Oxford University, a Masters in Global Governance from Oxford University, a Philosophy and Economics degree from Stellenbosch University, and a lmmaking diploma from The New York Film Academy. Julia is an advisor to The Wellbeing Project – A global initiative focused on shifting the culture of the social change eld to one oriented towards inner wellbeing.

Film Information

Director:  Julia Jansch
Country: South Africa
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min.
Rated: R


Writers: Julia Jansch
Producer: Julia Jansch, Roberta Durrant
Director of Photography:  Adam Bentel
Art Direction: Andree Du Preez
Music: Ariel Marx
Editor: Tricia Holmes

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