Surviving Earth

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Genre: Drama


Set in present day Bristol, a Serbian ex addict turned drug counsellor uses his passion for Balkan music to stay afloat and fight his unrelenting demons. But will it be enough to maintain his most cherished relationship with his daughter?


Based on a true story, Surviving Earth follows Vlad, a Serbian immigrant who came to the UK in the 90’s after fleeing the Yugoslav Wars. An ex heroin addict and now drug counsellor living in the eclectic vibes of Bristol – he decides to start a balkan band with his friends from rehab and bring his roots and love for music to the city. A renegade by nature – he rebels against any systemic form and although the band is excelling, his responsibilities are rapidly falling apart – including the relationship with his daughter, Maria. Having always struggled with his past and self-forgiveness he must find reasons to stay afloat and the strength to fight against a potential relapse.




Thea Gajic (director)

THEA GAJIC is an actress, writer and director born and raised in South London.

Her first short film ‘RUN’ was selected as BFI Postroom’s Pick of The Month, Short of The Week and won New Talent Award at BFI Future Film Fest.

It also earned her a Sundance Ignite Fellowship.

Her second short film ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF SKIN’ premiered via Short of The Week and screened at BFI. 
Her work has been described as “showcasing not only astute, rounded female characters but a strong directorial voice”


Her latest film ‘ELI’ was made with Film London on their London Calling 2018 Slate.

You can also see her in BBC3’s ‘Enterprice’.

Thea’s poetry can be found on tracks with Jorja Smith, Jords and A2 as well as having collaborated on spoken word pieces for VICE TV, Channel 4 and the NHS.

You can see her short film The Importance of Skin on the Creative England watch player 


Aleksandra Bilic (producer)

Aleksandra Bilic is an award winning creative producer with an MA in creative writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an alumni of Berlinale Talents in Sarajevo 2015, Sheffield Doc/ Fest Future Producer scheme 2016 and IDFAcademy 2017 award winner. Prior to joining My Accomplice she worked at Roast Beef Productions for four years, producing films such as Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. She has made work for The BFI, Channel 4, BBC, We The Economy, Vice, Boiler Room, and many more.