After graduating with a BA Hons in Film Studies from Queen Mary, University of London (2008-11), I began writing and directing my first feature film, the science fiction thriller, Through The Lens. This was made for £20,000, securing financial backing from O2, Reflexblue and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The film took three years to produce and was completed in early 2014; it secured distribution and was released through Entertainment One (EOne) on major platforms including Amazon Prime, GooglePlay, iTunes, Sony Playstation Network, Xbox Video, Hudu and DVD.
I have directed films that have won awards at UNICEF, miShorts and local festivals. A film I directed was nominated for the First Light And BBC Blast awards, broadcast on BBC2. Films I have written and directed have also been used in nationwide campaigns for charities such as OCD Action and most recently Goal, a charity promoting football for children in South Africa.
I recently directed, produced and co-wrote the feature film pilot Hills, completed with funding from the Gain Trust which was finished in September 2014. Hills was released on Amazon Prime in 2015, and secured a pre-signed distribution deal for the feature film currently in development, When The Rain Falls.
Alongside drama work, I have spent a large amount of time shooting, directing and editing a range of promotional, corporate, music and event videos, through the company I set up in 2009, Spark In The Dark Productions.
I have taught and run a number of community projects involving local charities and organisations including Centre 33, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the YMCA. These projects have all centered around the practical film making process, taking those involved through the processes of film production – from script to screen.
Name: Oscar Forshaw Swift
Lives in: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Company: Spark In The Dark Productions
Occupation: Director and Screenwriter
When The Rain Falls
Film Writer/Director Upcoming feature film, currently in development. Set in the same world as Hills, When The Rain Falls tells the story of James, a young musician and his fellow bandmate Subi, as they make a fateful journey to the remote English village of Edale.
Film (short) Writer/Director ‘Yoghurt’, a short drama, tells the story of Leo, a young man in his twenties , who returns home from the weekly food shop to his flat which he shares with his girlfriend Amber. She helps him unpack, but tensions rise when it comes to light the item she specifically asked for has been forgotten, which prompts a dissection of their entire relationship.
Through the Lens
Film (Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Writer/Director Through The Lens, a science fiction thriller, presents a vision of the future in which years of strikes and riots have forced the government to place restrictions on the Internet in the name of public safety. A private organization, the Internet Protection Agency, has been entrusted with the policing of the Internet and advanced surveillance, watching people through the eyes of officers wearing Surveillance Contact Lenses. Computer hackers are now hunted fugitives and disappear daily without trace. The film's narrative follows Anthony (23) who has interrupted his studies at university to look after his younger sister Sam (16) after the disappearance of their parents. Anthony and Sam's parents were part of a group of politically motivated hackers called 'The Movement' that has been targeted by the Internet Protection Agency. Key players in the The Movement have been arrested in an attempt to stop leaked files from the IPA archives, documenting evidence of its brutal restrictive ... Written by Anonymous
Film by Oscar Forshaw Swift (Drama, Horror, Thriller and Short) Writer/Director 'Hills' tells the story of a twenty five year old Englishman, James and his Norwegian travel companion Subi as they struggle to survive in a Norwegian wilderness, following a catastrophic viral apocalypse. The pair have to navigate not only the dangers of finding enough food, water and shelter, but the ever present threat from 'figures' that are moving further out of the populated areas in search for food. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) (Drama) Writer/Director Chris a homeless ex radio DJ shelters from a storm in the porch of a country church, where he has an encounter with someone he didn't expect.
Flying A Kite
Film (short) Writer/Director Keith and John, two old friends from college have fallen into a lifestyle of chronic drinking. Nothing looks like it will ever change. And then Keith's girlfriend has a miscarriage, he isn't there for her, she dumps him and he is forced to take stock. He realises it is time to move out of John's flat and start a new life.
Writer/Director Mike has just moved into student halls at his first year at university. Suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder he finds it hard to mix with his rowdy all male flat, who spend their time drinking and going to parties. One of them, Dave decides to take Mike under his wing and introduce him into the group.
MiShorts Film of The Month
Peer Education Award
Unicef Filmmakers Award
First Light Awards Finalist
BBC Blast Drama Finalist