When one woman's inner demons come to life
secrets can remain secret no more.

Mel reports for her new job as the Night Guard at a storage facility,
where a terrible secret from her past comes back to haunt her.


We were blessed to have cast two immensely talented TV actors:

KATHRYN O'REILLY (IMDB) is an actress as well a writer. Trained at LAMDA, known for her roles in "Call the Midwife" (BBC), "Lewis" (ITV), "Holby City" (BBC) and recently in Billie Piper's "Rare Beasts", she has appeared in critically acclaimed plays.

DAMOLA ADELAJA (IMDB) is a Nigerian born, British actor trained at RADA as well as a filmmaker in his own right with 2013's award-winning "Fela/Sidy". Known for "Eastenders" and "Berlin Station"(2017), he is attached to star in the feature "Bored".


Shot on a Red Raven 4.5k over 3 freezing cold nights in the autumn of 2018, The Guard was made by a women-led team forging a new way of working. From award-winning Writer-Director Shona Dutta Charlton and Producer Tamara Day to our talented DOP Haridas Stewart, Assistant Producer Guy Trevellyan, make-up artist Sophie Russell, 1st AD Esther O'Loughlin and a peripatetic CREW of Sound Recordists, Grips, Gaffers and Camera Assistants... all braved the sneaky November rain at an exceedingly remote and spooky location in the forests of the Surrey-Hampshire border. Find out more details and see behind the scenes on our PRODUCTION BLOG

Our Amazing supporters

This independent short film would not have been possible without the generosity of our Crowdfunding campaign supporters. We launched our campaign on Indiegogo a month before the principal photography was due to begin. So close to the deadline, we didn't expect to raise much. So we were overwhelmed when we raised enough to comfortably afford the best equipment a low budget production can hope for. A huge thanks to our friends, family and to the many filmlovers who found us via our Facebook page. A complete list can be found on our SUPPORTERS page.

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