a Comedy Short
>> A young woman bites off more than she can chew to satisfy her dating habit <<
Steph is a predatory dater. She always insists on paying. When a large bill arrives, she’s nowhere to be seen, for Steph is a serial dine-and-dasher. Wearing elaborate guises, she believes she can slip away from the table and not suffer the consequences.
But everyone has to pay the bill in the end.
Appetite is a comedy short film, based on a true story. In 2018, a man in the US was found guilty of repeatedly running out on the bill, after a spree of expensive first dates. The media dubbed him the 'serial dine-and-dasher’. Katrin heard his curious story on the radio and immediately thought it had all the elements to be a great short film - and all the better and more surprising if the protagonist were a woman! The idea was turned into a funny and surreal script by her partner and talented writer Sam Oates.
The intention for this production was to have a pre-dominantly female crew. It only seemed right to have women tell this story about a woman, and in doing so make a statement about the lack of women in certain roles in the film industry.
Our production manager Vanessa Bundschu recommended Xuemeng Li to co-direct the film. Xuemeng was born in China, raised in the USA and is currently based in London, where we shot Appetite. She brought a fresh pair of eyes to the script and offered a new perspective on the comedy. It has been a joy to work with her and to have the support of so many incredibly talented and committed people.
>> CREW <<
Directors: Xuemeng Li & Katrin Larissa Kasper
Writer: Sam Oates
Director of Photography: Simona Pranulyte
Camera Assistant & Colourist: Connor Adam
Sound Recordists: Lee Viesnik & Tom Whitaker
Make Up Designer & Hair Stylist: Saule Ramancauskaite
Editor: Laura Spini
Sound Editor & Re-Recording Mixer: Michalianna Theofanopoulou
Trailer Editor: Isabell Chavez Vega
Poster: Ivan Weiss
Music: 'Coconut Shoes' by Tussi3000
>> CAST <<
Katrin Larissa Kasper – Steph (Serial Dine-and-Dasher)
Alexander Tol - Alex (Flambe Duck)
Sam Patrick - Tom (Husband)
Chris Rogers - Chris (American Guy)
Rupert Fawcett - Rupert (Professional Walker)
Philip Andrew - Philip (Gas)
Kwame Asiedu - Kwame (BTB)
Jay Oliver Yip - Jay (Cyber Security)
Emma Selwood - Emma (Dog Groomer)
Jess Bastick-Vines - Ruby (Waitress)
Steff Golding - Angie (Waitress)
Kara-Dee Rai - Bryony (Yoga Friend)
Molly Merwin - Mrs Monroe-Sparkle (Yoga Teacher)
a political drama
>> finished & being submitted to festivals <<
A Faustian tale for the age of populism and dirty politics. When a far-right German politician sees his re-election campaign faltering under scrutiny from the media, he turns to a Russian operative for an electoral boost. What could possibly go wrong?
Inspired by the 'Ibiza Affair' scandal in 2019.
Katrin Larissa Kasper
actor | voice-over | Filmmaker
Katrin was born and raised in Germany. She studied theatre arts and acting in the US and in London. She currently splits her time between Germany and the UK.
As a filmmaker she wants to explore conventions with stories about people who refuse to play by the rules - whether for better or for worse.