The white stork

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A disillusioned mother forms an unlikely relationship with her daughter’s classmate and becomes convinced that the pair were switched at birth.

Struggling to reconcile with her capricious teenage daughter, Zoe, Michelle strikes up an unlikely relationship with her classmate, Lauren, concerning her mother, Amanda. When Michelle learns that the girls were born on the same day she voices her suspicion that the pair were switched at birth and despite Amanda’s denial is proved right. Zoe and Amanda initially struggle to connect, but gradually warm to one another while Michelle’s zealousness overwhelms Lauren who begins to back off. Michelle desperately tries to salvage her relationship with Lauren, increasingly at the expense of Zoe, and ultimately risks losing both in the process.


The Team

Meg Campbell (Director)

Meg Campbell is an award-winning director who recently graduated from the NFTS with an MA in Directing Fiction. Her short film PRESENT, stared acclaimed British actress Sarah Parish and premiered on opening night at Rhode Island International Film Festival where Meg was awarded the prize for Best Director. Present, has since screened at numerous film festivals including Encounters where it won the NAHEMI award for Best Short Film. Present also screened at 16 Odeon cinemas as part of the ‘Best Short Films of the Year’ competition and was longlisted for BAFTA’s Best Short Film. Other projects include Rock, starring Emmy award-winning Michelle Collins, MAISIE, starring Olivier award-winning Jill Halfpenny and most recently BLUEBIRD, starring Fiona O’Shaughnessy which premiered in competition at London Short Film Festival earlier this year.

She has created a commercial, LETTER FROM AN OLD BOY, for Scotland’s largest children’s charity, The Aberlour Trust, which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and has directed a commercial for Centrepoint as part of the Kodak Commercials Competition where she picked up first prize. Meg has just completed a 45-second commercial for the ODEON’s social media campaign, is mentored by Nicola Shindler and is represented by Jack Thomas at Independent Talent.


You can watch Meg’s short film PRESENT below:


Oliver Henderson (Writer)

Oliver completed a European BA Honours in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds and Uppsala Universitet in 2013, after which he began work as a documentary researcher at BBC Factual and Praslin Pictures, before moving into sales and acquisitions at Hanway Films.

Oliver’s first television pilot, historical drama WILTON PARK, was shortlisted for the Emmy-sponsored Peter Ustinov Award (2014) and won him a place on the prestigious MA Screenwriting course at the National Film and Television School. During this time he wrote three short films for directing fiction student Meg Campbell (PRESENT, MAISIEand BLUEBIRD) and was selected for the 2016 Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab, whilst his original TV pilot, Stitching, secured him a place on the 2017 Channel 4 Screenwriting Course.

Oliver is represented by Emily Hickman at The Agency.


Marie-Elena Dyche (Producer)

After studying Film and Television Production at the University of Westminster, Marie-Elena worked mainly in film production on various short and feature films. The short films she has produced have competed in film festivals around the world.

In 2016 she completed her MA in Film Producing at the National Film and Television School, while there Marie-Elena accompanied Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley and Elisabeth Karlsen to the 2015 Cannes film festival with in competition film CAROL. Her graduation fiction film, MIA premiered at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, was long listed for a BIFA and went on to garner five nominations at the RTS Student Awards, winning three.

Strengthened by her experience coming up the ranks in the production & AD departments, Marie-Elena has experience as a Line Producer on the London shoot of two feature films: PROVENANCE, directed by Ben Hecking and produced by White Horse Films (total film budget: £100k); and AMANDA, directed by Mikhaël Hers and produced by Nord Ouest Films (total film budget: €4m).

Her production company Meraki Films acts as a UK service company and in parallel has a slate of feature films with a focus on creating hard-hitting, bold, female driven content.