A young woman struggles to come to terms with the death of a stranger, using his brother to gain closure.

Written and directed by Louise Marie Cooke, her previous short films have screened both at home in the UK and internationally at renowned festivals including LSFF, Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and InsideOut Toronto.

More recently Louise was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Talent Lab and BFI Network X BAFTA Crew 2017.

Breathe is part of the 2017 London Calling short film slate funded by Film London and the Eastern Edge Film Fund.

The Eastern Edge Film Fund is funded by the East London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge.

For more information on the London Calling scheme click here and to view the full 2017 London Calling slate click here.

The film stars Red Madrell (Brotherhood, Casualty, Cucumber) and Cian Barry (Forever Nina, Doctor Foster, Titanic (mini-series)).



Breathe is a dark emotional character driven drama set over the course of one day and night in London. The central character is Isobel, a reclusive young woman who is deeply affected when she witnesses a male cyclist hit by a van. Despite her attempts to save his life, the cyclist dies in her arms.

Hours later in the dark hours of the morning she finds herself back at the scene of the accident, unable to sleep as traumatic images flood her mind. There she meets Nick, the dead cyclists brother, and the two spend the evening together in an attempt to soothe the guilt and grief each feels.