The Refuge by Maria Millan.
The Refuge is the story of a women’s aid centre where we find four girls living in an isolated fortress gatehouse run by Mrs Kane. The film is a protest to the current crisis in Britain that these institutions are facing due government’s cuts. It shows how women are being marginalised instead of being included into society.
The film features the actress Lujza Richter, known for her role as Princess Mona Braganza in the latest Paul Thomas Anderson's film: Phantom Tread, and the International model and actress: Demi Hannah Scott, who we know for her constant work at ShowStudio with Nick Knight, her worldwide campaign with Uniqlo, her shots by Tim Walker and catwalks for Fenty Puma.
Maria Millan is a London based Image Maker originally from Venezuela. She is known for her amazing storytelling in her editorials, normally charged with tension and hidden feelings that she manages to bring to the surface in a subtle way in her pictures and fashion videos found in Vogue, Jute, Fruk, Ellements magazine amongst others.
Even thought this film sounds like a documentary, is not. Millan doesn’t abandon her love for fashion and aesthetics and she delight us with a film where each shot is a still that could be found inside a high fashion magazine. We see her play with colors and textures in a beautiful way in order to engage the spectator with the dramatic story that lies behind.
With an all female cast and a female director The Refuge aims to call the attention on gender disparity in the filmmaking industry.
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