Lauren Jupp, Connor Kaye and Lucy Le Lievre
‘Chalk’ is a coming-of-age short drama focused on Kelsey, a 17 year old young woman stuck working in her grandad Tony’s sleazy snooker club. Pulling pints ever since she can remember, she’s a key pawn in the scams Tony runs on the punters. Events take a dark turn when Kelsey strikes up a friendship with Nick, Tony’s latest victim. For the first time, Kelsey sees the blood on her hands. Is it too late to right her wrongs or has trouble escalated far beyond her control?
The film is inspired by the British social realism of the 1950s and 60s. ‘Chalk’ adopts various themes prevalent within this movement but strives for a contemporary revival, favouring stylised camera techniques over the traditional conventions of the genre. The key influences for this work are Fish Tank (2009), Ellen (2016) and This is England (2006). ‘Chalk’ builds on the work of its predecessors by foregrounding key issues faced in the everyday lives of young women in the UK and explores both gender and generational divides.