European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

The Writing Box

by Tijana Mamula

(Fiction, United Kingdom, 2021, 30’, C, OV) with Margot Orr, Farhana Khondaker, Eddie Webb

The Writing Box

A manipulative schoolgirl living in 1930’s England convinces her parents to allow her to come to India. Upon her arrival to a secluded villa with only the company of a few other people notably, a young cook and Raissa, a young woman charged with her care, her stay becomes tumultuous as her lies bring chaos to her new reality


“On the surface, it’s an entertaining drama about a troubled, imaginative, potentially delusional little girl, who spends too much time at the movies and dreams of swapping England for India. Underneath that, it’s also a sly deconstruction of Victorian children’s literature and its colonial underpinnings; an uncanny, atmospheric post-post-colonial fantasy that reveals the shadow side of human nature and reflects on power, privilege and the need for art.” Tijana Mamula

Tijana Mamula
Tijana Mamula

Tijana Mamula is a Serbian-Italian filmmaker based in the United Kingdom. Currently, she is engaged in a practice-based doctorate at Newcastle University, exploring the philosophical potential of literary adaptation. The Writing Box, her second narrative short, forms part of this project, as will her first feature: a hybrid, essayistic WWII fantasy titled Hotel Savoy.

Other movies: Competition Prix Sauvage Corto