with teeth submission: AN ISLAND


Emotion Out (extract - 1.5 mins) (4 mins - super16mm - colour - 2015

Artists film commissioned by the BFI/Wellcome Trust/no.w.here/King's College London. Full details here

Break (14 mins - 2k video - colour - 2016

Artists film commissioned by Ben Uri Gallery for centenary exhibition in Somerset House, London. Full details here.

Hjem (Hyem) (4 mins - 8k - colour - 2014)

Artists film for moving image installation, commissioned by Durham International Festival. Full details here.


AN ISLAND is an artist’s film; a momentary snapshot in the day of a young, recently married woman living in a large London townhouse. Bought by her husband, the space presents a privileged oasis within a crowded city. He has left her there while he travels for work. She doesn’t work.

Today, as ever, she has nothing to do but exist within the space.

Today the London riots erupt.

She follows the riot’s progress on the news. She is repeatedly called by her concerned parents. However, there is a clear absurdity to their perception of her being at risk. Her life is untouched by this event, albeit only moments from her door.

The film is both an exploration of the distance from the real world afforded by money, and of a contemporary experience of being a ‘kept’ woman. Small and alone, the tension between the obvious wealth and her own position as a possession within it underlies the piece.

Thematically inspired by Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE, AN ISLAND echoes the interrogation of space and femininity in Żuławski’s POSSESSION and takes aesthetic cues from Coppola’s LOST IN TRANSLATION.  The still exploration of space recalls Luke Fowler’s 2009 character studies.

Josephine Starte

I would like Josephine to play the central onscreen character.

Josephine grew up in London. She studied English Literature at Cambridge and trained as an actor at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. 

Recent credits include I WALK IN YOUR WORDS (Rich Mix, London), THE CHERRY ORCHARD (New Theatre, Sydney), THRENODY (Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney), TRADE (HurrahHurrah, Sydney).

Winner of BEST ACTRESS, NoBudge Independent Cinema Awards, for BLUE MONDAY (dir. Charles Chintzer Lai).

Josephine is also a professional writer for stage and screen. Winner of Best Poem and People’s Choice Award at the Berkelow Books Poetry Slam. Her academic work is published in the Journal of Beckett Studies.