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
Production Manager & Assistant: Vanessa Bundschu & Sheridan Morley
First ADs: Noémie Nakai & Molly Wilsher
Director of Photography: Simona Pranulyte
Camera Assistant & Colourist: Connor Adam
Gaffers: Jackson Forsythe & Max Hodgkinson
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
>> Under pressure from the media, a far-right politician finds himself pushed into a corner. How far is he willing to go to win the election? <<
A young far-right politician sees his re-election campaign faltering under mainstream media scrutiny. When a foreign agent offers help, things get out of hand as he finds himself caught in a puzzle-box of political blackmail.
Inspired by the true events of the Ibiza-scandal that rocked Austria's government