11mins, 2010, dir. Loren Slater

Two female friends are on a mission to rediscover the heady days of their youth. At a late night, isolated party in the countryside one of them discovers this might be more difficult than she imagined.


Just Before Dawn was shot in south Cumbria on the RED ONE Camera and funded through the UK Film Council’s Digishorts scheme, and executive produced by Vision+Media, the UK Film Council’s regional screen agency based in the UK’s Northwest.

It stars Vicky McClure, the BAFTA 2011 winning actress best known for her work in BBC’s Line of Duty, ITV’s Broadchurch, Shane Meadows’ films A Room for Romeo Brass, This is  England and This is England ’86 and 2010 BAFTA Nominee Natalie Press, the acclaimed indie actress with lead roles in My Summer Of Love and Andrea Arnold’s Oscar-winning short Wasp.

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Nominated for Best British Short Film: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010


  • Signal Films UK Film Council Vision+Media Digi Short 2010
  • Directed by Loren Slater
  • Screenplay by Matt Palmer & Loren Slater
  • Produced by Jessica Levick

Awards and Screenings

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 – Nominated for Best British Short
  • Cucalorus Film Festival USA 2010
  • London Short Film Festival 2011
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival 2011, In Competition
  • Birds Eye View Film Festival, In Competition 2011
  • Jim Poole Best Scottish Short Film Award Nominee 2010
  • Bradford International Film Festival 2011
  • East End Film Festival 2011
  • Shnit Short Film Festival (various cities around the world) 2011, In Competition
  • CFC Toronto Worldwide Shorts Jan 2012 “A World of Shorts” Event
  • Iraq Short Film Festival 2011