Passion Gap

Matt Portman, Jason Donald - 20'

 (South Africa)


Elani survived her brutal childhood by carefully watching people. Now she plans to use her relationship with Mikey to get out of Cape Town for good. All she has to do is manage his ego for one more night, but the seeds of violence were planted in her early on.


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Matt Portman, Jason Donald

Matt Portman was born in London and grew up in Switzerland. He studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree he began directing and producing music videos. Collaborating with a musicians and bands from around the world, some of his projects include Murasaki by Cheatahs in 2015, Supermaster by A Place to Bury Strangers in 2015. In 2016, he choreographed and directed an experimental dance video Schistocyte. In 2017, he produced and co-directed his debut film, Passion Gap, with the acclaimed author Jason Donald. He lives in London.

2017 PASSION GAP (20.49 min, Drama)

Jason Donald was born in Scotland and grew up in South Africa. He studied English Literature and Philosophy at St. Andrews University and is a graduate of the Glasgow University Creative Writing MA. His debut novel, Choke Chain, published by Jonathan Cape, was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Saltire First Book Award. His second novel, Dalila, was published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in January 2017. He has also published short stories in various literary journals, including The Astronaut for BBC Radio 4 and Puerta Galera for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Donald has just written his first screenplay, Passion Gap, and co-directed the 
film in collaboration with the filmmaker Matt Portman. He lives with his wife in Switzerland.

2017 PASSION GAP (20.49 min, Drama)