As He Lay Falling

Close up on a mans face
This month's pick
June 2016
As He Lay Falling 2014
By Ian Waugh
19:20 minuets
Georgios has travelled to Scotland from Greece, settling on a peninsula at the edge of the remote Scottish Highlands. A ghost in a foreign land, he digs peat for food and board on Bronte’s rundown croft – his unwelcome presence hanging darkly over her partner William, an English incomer. Trapped within a forced intimacy, lost from a life he left behind, Georgios discovers the stark difference between choosing to disappear and losing yourself completely. WARNING: Scenes of a sexual nature

A stranger has already come to town, and there’s a storm brewing in the atmospheric, As he Lay Falling. The age old tale of the land and it’s lovers unfolds beautifully in Ian’s brooding film, our pick of the month.


As He Lay Falling

About the filmmaker: Ian Waugh
Ian Waugh is a British film director and writer, working between narrative cinema and artists’ film. He has written and directed six short films and the experimental drama Leaves which was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival.
Raised in Tyneside, he studied photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with an MFA in Advanced Film Practice from Screen Academy Scotland. An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and Reykjavik International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab, his work has screened worldwide at festivals in London, Stockholm, Berlin, Milano, Drama, Kyiv, Busan, Mexico City, and many more.
As He Lay Falling has screened at over 25 international festivals to date and continues to play worldwide. It is currently being developed into a feature film, an international co-production by Middlefish Films, Homemade Films and Only Son, supported by the Scottish Film Talent Network with the assistance of Creative Scotland and the BFI NET.WORK.
"Ian’s powerful short about hostility and despair on the edge of a fractured Europe resonated with audiences around the world, which is why we’re so excited to help him to develop it into a feature-length drama. There’s still more of Georgios’ story to tell; and it’s a story that feels more pertinent than ever." Claudia Yusef - Scottish Film Talent Network

At its heart, As He Lay Falling is about how we can judge ourselves and others based on misguided perceptions, be they financial, social, or racial, based on a fear of otherness and difference. For me, it’s about the human aspect of the financial and political meltdown, how austerity has fractured peoples lives and psyches, their sense of self worth. When our sense of self is distorted our actions and response can be personally destructive.

Ian Waugh