Magazine article Screen International

Oscar Sharp, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

Magazine article Screen International

Oscar Sharp, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

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WRITER-DIRECTOR: Oscar Sharp's heart-breaking Bafta-nominated short about terminal illness, The Karman Line, stars Olivia Colman as a mother who finds herself levitating from her small terraced house.

Nothing can stop her rise and the Karman Line, at 100km above sea level, is where she will expire. Her family must learn to accept her impending death.

"I eventually figured out the reason I'd come up with the idea is that my mum had leukaemia, so I turned to the best writer I know, Dawn King, to help me," says Sharp.

It took him two-and-a-half years to complete. After four minutes, almost every shot in The Karman Line contains an effect, and the budget kept rising.

Sharp made Sign Language, shot in the drizzle of London's Oxford Street, to try to finance Karman - that short went on to make $60,000 (£40,000) in prize money. …

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