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 © Keep Breathing – Short Film



Keep Breathing is an award-winning, crowdfunded UK short film which aims to “explore the nuances around Sexual Consent and encourage a much-needed discussion” in light of the #MeToo movement.

It premiered 18 September 2019 at the Underwire Festival, London UK and was officially selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2019.

The film was released worldwide online due the pandemic via Vimeo, 31 March 2021.

Damien appears in the two-hander film alongside Emmeline Hartley (also co-writer and producer). He won the award for Best Actor at the 2020 Midlands Movie Awards.

Official Logline

 Trapped in a lift, a man and woman are forced to confront each other about the night they first met.



A woman faces her worst nightmare when she finds herself trapped in a lift with a man, who, without her consent, pressured her into having sex with him a few weeks before. But he remembers that night very differently, and is shocked to discover what she thinks happened.

It’s the first time they’ve seen each other since and an emotional argument ensues. Will he take responsibility for his actions? Will she be able to use this encounter to finally move on?




Damien Molony 

Emmeline Hartley


Writers: Mark Corden, Tommy Draper, Emmeline Hartley

Director: Mark Corden

Producers: Emmeline Hartley, Owen Tooth

Cinematographer: Beatriz Delgado Mena


Film Festival Screenings
Underwire Festival, 18 September 2019 (premiere)
BFI London Film Festival, 4 & 6 October 2019
Derby Film Festival 17 November 2019
Showroom Shorts Sheffield 19 November 2019
Beeston Film Festival 30. 31 March 2020
Scad Savannah Film Festival 27 October 2020
High Peek Indie Film Festival 2 November 2020
English Riviera Film Festival 28 November 2020
Awards & Nominations
Midlands Movie Awards 2020
Best Short (WON), Actor In A Leading Role Damien Molony (WON), Actress In A Leading Role Emmeline Hartley (nominated), Writing Tommy Draper, Mark Corden & Emmeline Hartley (WON)
English Riviera Film Awards 2020
Best Screenwriting (WON), Best Actress Emmeline Hartley (WON), The ERFF Award (nominated)




Keep Breathing - Trailer from Siskamedia on Vimeo.

Directed by Mark Corden
Starring Damien Molony and Emmeline Hartley

Edited by Drew Taylour-Davis
Colour by Chris Shaw
Sound by Alex Stroud
VFX by Dominic Stables


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