Sam is a stubborn fourteen-year-old girl, finding it difficult to fit in. She feels best underwater, during her lifeguard course. Ashamed of her body, she becomes a subject of ridicule for other girls, when she is unwilling to change in front of them and puts her clothes onto a wet bathing suit. What’s more, Sam’s mother makes her work cleaning the family-run retirement home. As days pass, Sam develops unexpected friendships with two of the retirement home residents, who teach her about growing up and growing old.
feature acting / Competition - feature films
She is a graduate of the directing programme at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Her short film ‘Clear Blue’ has screened at festivals worldwide including South by Southwest and Camerimage. ‘Surfacing’ is her feature film debut. She is currently developing a feature length version of ‘Clear Blue’.