At only 25 years old, Best Selling U.K. Author and YouTube Influencer Will Darbyshire has already garnered a name for himself with over a million followers across his YouTube, Instagram and Twitter channels. His loyal fans will now get to enjoy his latest project, a dramatic short film entitled ‘US’ which had its world premiere at the London Independent Film Festival. The film is followed by a North American premiere at the Sunscreen Film Festival and a Los Angeles premiere at New Filmmakers LA. Starring Lucinda Dryzek and Laurence Ubong Williams, ‘US’ delves into similar territories as Will’s previous work, i.e. the exploration of modern romantic relationships.

In ‘US’, a young couple in a tumultuous relationship lock horns over differing views whilst racing to the airport to catch a flight. ‘US’ puts us right in the center of that heartbreaking moment when they are forced to confront the unknown future of their long-distance love.

‘US’ was inspired by stories submitted to Will’s best-selling This Modern Love book project, which features real love letters from people from all over the world. He used his YouTube platform to pose a series of questions to his audience concerning specific aspects of love. ‘US’ was borne from the results centering around the idea of long distance relationships.

“I wanted to make a film on a subject I am passionate about: 21st Century romance. Long distance relationships sum up what Modern Love is about,” says the director Will Darbyshire. “We now live in an age where video chat is the norm. Technology and the Internet are easily accessible from anywhere in the world and have allowed new types of relationships to form. Having been through that experience myself, it seemed fitting to make my first short film on this topic.” he concludes.

Lucinda Dryzek and Laurence Ubong Williams with director Will Darbyshaire - US (Short Film)
Lucinda Dryzek and Laurence Ubong Williams with director Will Darbyshaire – US (Short Film)

UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

North American Premiere

SUNSCREEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Friday, April 27th at 4:15pm

Love is in the Air Block

AMC Sundial 20 – Theatre 4

151 2nd Avenue North St.

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

Lucinda Dryzek and Laurence Ubong Williams - US (Short Film)
Lucinda Dryzek and Laurence Ubong Williams – US (Short Film)

Los Angeles Premiere

NEW FILMMAKERS LA

Saturday, April 28th at 7:15pm

Shorts Program #1

South Park Center

1139 South Hill Street

Los Angeles, California, United States

‘US’ was filmed in the U.K.. Written, Directed and Edited by Will Darbyshire. Produced by Rebecca Hewett. Executive Producers: Steve Dagger and Tarquin Gotch, known for his work as a producer and music supervisor for John Hughes’ movies and many other popular feature films and TV shows. Associate Producer: Leah Draws. Cinematographer: Olan Collardy. Music Composer: Tom Rosenthal. Starring Lucinda Dryzek (Sam) and Laurence Ubong Williams (Jon).

Will Barbyshire director of US (short Film)
Will Barbyshire director of US (short Film)

About the Director:

Will Darbyshire is a 25-year-old British filmmaker. He has amassed a large audience across his YouTube, Instagram and Twitter channels. His thought-provoking videos and photographs present a unique, personal, world view and cover a wide range of issues including relationships and mental health. Recently Will has published a book of curated love letters from around the world, ‘This Modern Love’, to great acclaim. It has become an international best-seller reaching no.1 on the U.K. Sunday Times Best Seller List. He is currently in the beginning stages of writing his first feature film.

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