Hide and Seek

The film follows four young people who flee from London and set up in a polyamorous commune in the country, choosing total isolation as a form of emotional, intellectual, and political hiding place. Strange rules and rituals help to loosen their inhibitions as, fighting cynicism and ghosts from the past, they move towards a deeply unconventional joy. HIDE AND SEEK puts forward the controversial idea of retreat as protest; the characters hope to find a new spiritual and sexual truth rather than accepting other generation’s morals. Using a stately, meditative tone to temper or increase the provocation, the film uncovers a new way to express feelings of loneliness, kinship, fear and joy.

Director's Biography
Joanna Coates is a BAFTA nominated filmmaker from Great Britain. Her debut feature drama, HIDE AND SEEK, won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2014. HIDE AND SEEK follows the success of her recent short films WHERE ARE THEY NOW? and LITTLE ONES. She has directed long-form and short art documentaries and has had her films screened at major international festivals. // Films (selection): WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (2011, short), LITTLE ONES (2013, short doc), HIDE AND SEEK (2014)
Competition Fiction 2015
Joanna Coates
Great Britain 2014
80 minutes
Cinematography Ben Hecking
Music Paul Wallfisch
With Josh O’Connor, Hannah Arterton, Rea Mole, Daniel Metz, Joe Banks
Show Business Film T +44 7806 88 70 30 daniel@hideandseekthefilm.com