Synopsis: London, 1962. Six year-old Ruthie loves the family housekeeper, Lynn. But, over the course of two days their friendship starts to fall apart when Ruthie, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s past, starts to suspect Lynn of stealing. GANEF (Yiddish for ‘Thief’) explores the long-lasting impact of inherited trauma, and how it can warp and distort the tiniest of things.
About the Director: Mark is an established British theatre director, based in London. More recently, he has started to develop his work as a writer/director in film. GANEF is his first original short.
In 2016, Mark directed two short films he adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and Antony & Cleopatra, for BFI & Shakespeare’s Globe, shot on location at Hampton Court, London and the Red Pyramid, Cairo respectively. He co-wrote the screenplay for MAKING NOISE QUIETLY, the feature film adaptation of Robert Holman’s acclaimed play, directed by Dominic Dromgoole for Open Palm Films – it was released theatrically in the UK by Verve Pictures in 2019. Mark has two screenplays in development with Brilliant Films, UK – W. Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife, co-written with Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards), and The Circle.