STEPHEN ASHWELL

DIRECTOR

Action and humour, that's me.

A bit about me:

For as long as I can remember, I have been infatuated with car chases in film. In fact, anything to do with cars for that matter. For me, a great action film has always been defined by the quality of the car chase, my all-time favourite being the chase through the streets of Moscow in ‘The Bourne Supremacy’.

 

The ‘Bourne’ films, along with the Pierce Brosnan era of James Bond films, ‘Taxi’ (the French ones), ‘Ronin’, and the BMW film series ‘The Hire’ are hugely influential to me as a filmmaker. I have spent my life pursuing a career as a director with one overarching goal in mind: to be a part of the film world that celebrates motion, energy, adrenalin, tension, and cars.

In addition, as I’ve grown older, another passion has grown within me, and that is my appreciation of comedy. There are number of people close to me who struggle with anxiety and depression, and I have seen first-hand the positive impacts that good comedy films have on these people; the power to make people laugh, to provide relief, to give hope, and to bring a bit of joy into their world – and this too has become an equal ambition of mine, to make films that make people feel good. 

It has been quite a journey to get to this point, but after many years of trying and failing, and then trying again, these two passions of mine have come together in my debut short film ‘Wedlock’, an action comedy about a wedding that goes wrong and results in a car chase (of course).

A bit about the film:

I wanted to make a film that was like the BMW series ‘The Hire’. Short films like ‘Ambush’ and ‘Star’, which are not just a series of ‘cool’ action shots, but are well-structured stories with fantastic characters (and, obviously, great car sequences too). This is what I have tried to achieve in making ‘Wedlock’.

I wanted the car action sequences to feel completely real so there is no CGI or green screen (apart from the flashes from the speed camera), everything was shot on location at Millbrook Proving Ground with specialised camera rigs, tracking vehicles, and a low loader.

 

It has been no small challenge to pull off both a car chase and a wedding, and I am hugely grateful to the vast number of incredibly talented people who have brought my vision for the film to life. Thank you to all the cast, crew, extras, and equipment suppliers who have made this film possible.

 

The film is currently on the festival circuit and has recently been nominated for ‘Best Drama Short’ at the International Motor Film Awards.

 

My hope is that ‘Wedlock’ will lead me to work alongside professionals in the film industry to create more heart-pounding action sequences, and to continue to make films that lift people’s spirits and bring a little bit of joy into the world.

 

I hope you enjoy the film,

Stephen Ashwell (Director)

www.stephenashwell.com

Contact

If you have a question about the film or you're interested in screening 'Wedlock' at your film festival then please email:

wedlockshortfilm@gmail.com