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Tuesday 13 December 2022

On The Edge returns for a fourth series on Channel 4

On The Edge, Channel 4's BAFTA award-winning series of short films is returning for its fourth year. Produced by BlackLight Television, a Banijay UK company, the anthology of films will once again champion first-class emerging UK talent. This year's dramas, Wet Look, Letting Go and The Final Countdown, all touch upon the importance of care and caring. Each series of On The Edge presents three short films written and directed with wit and verve by the best up and coming storytellers.

Wet Look follows young lovers Gwynn and Rob as they work through the highs and lows of their budding romance. However, there is a twist: while Rob is a human millennial, Gwynn is actually a mermaid who is finding it difficult to adapt to life on land. Gwynn is in a bad place when we first meet her; she is unable to grow her tail back and feels alienated from a body that no longer works the way it used to. Rob, her beleaguered boyfriend, wants to help her but is unsure of how. Even if going back to the sea without a tail means she might drown, Gwynn's urge to do so is now overpowering. Before it's too late, will either partner confide in the other? 

Letting Go tells the story of Gabriel, a foster father who can't bear to let go of Faith, the teenage girl that has been in his care for years. When the authorities decide that her birth mother is well enough to take her back Gabriel struggles to process this massive change and becomes convinced that Faith will be in danger. He hasn't understood that his own complex feelings about his father are affecting his judgement. Will Gabriel's behaviour lead to him losing Faith altogether? Faith is an authentic, evocative, and deeply moving story written from personal experience by Beru Tessema and beautifully directed by Mitch Kalisa. This short film explores the power of attachment and the difficulty of separation.  Starring Anthony Welsh (Pure, Master of None) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men) as Gabriel and Bella and introducing newcomer Luna Mwezi as Faith.  

The Final Countdown tells the story of Ray, a septuagenarian with a wicked sense of fun and a fondness for a pint, and devoted long-time husband to Dora, who is suffering from dementia. Ray's stoic grandson Terry has become Dora's primary caregiver while Ray continues to bury his head in the sand and refuses to admit that Dora might need help. Will Terry be able to persuade Ray that Dora needs to go into residential care before something terrible happens? Written by Natalie Burt and directed by James Doherty, The Final Countdown uses striking poignancy and humour but is ultimately a celebration of love and family that is very close to the writer's own heart.  Starring Paul Copley (Downton Abbey, Last Tango in Halifax) and Eileen Davies (Sightseers) as Ray and Dora and introducing newcomer Joseph Payne as Terry.

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