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When a tormented naval officer returns home to Liverpool, the city's streets become a landscape for redemption and atonement as he is forced to confront his past.

BEING KEEGAN is a psychological, coming of age drama spanning three decades in Liverpool. Starring multi BAFTA nominated powerhouse Stephen Graham (THE IRISHMAN, THE VIRTUES, THE HELP, THIS IS ENGLAND, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) and a host of emerging Liverpool, UK talent. The film is Directed and Produced by award winning and BAFTA shortlisted filmmaker Stephanie Zari, written by award winning playwright Jilly Gardiner and produced by BAFTA nominated Producer Jennifer Monks.

The film garnered support from BAFTA and OSCAR winning post-production teams at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post, Company 3, Rushes and Goldcrest. The film also secured Stephanie a PIA PRESSURE NEW VOICES 2017 Award. BEING KEEGAN’s trailer was released to astounding success, securing additional completion funds from TEMPLEHEART FILMS as well as being selected by AWARDEO and FILM SHORTAGE for trailer and campaign of the week, INDIEWIRE’s Project of The Week and shortlisted for the SCREEN CRAFT Short Production Award as well as receiving Merseyside Arts Council and Decibel Foundation funding and Decibel Foundation funding.

Being Keegan is distributed by 7 Palms Entertainment, Shorts International and FilmBox and available globally on Amazon. It’s currently  being broadcast  in the UK on My5  TV and in Poland on T.V. Kino Polska.

2017 / 22min / Alexa Amira 
Muddy Pool Productions / Templeheart Films / Pia Pressure

Cast: Stephen Graham, Ryan Barr, Adam Perryman, Kieron Bimpson, Elena Stephenson 
Directed by:  Stephanie Zari
Written By: Jilly Gardiner
Produced by: Jennifer Monks, Stephanie Zari

CoProducer: Monika Kasprzak
Executive Producer: Jilly Gardiner, Jason Canovas, Lyndon Baldock
Director of Photography: Brian Strange
Editor: Marco Ruffatti
Composer: Stephen Gallagher
Costume Design: Liz Sheard

Hair, Make-Up & Design:  Martin McClean

Production Design: Jan Brown

Supervising Sound Editor: Jason Canovas

Sound Designer: Jason Peacock



Channel 5 My5




Omeleto, 2023

Film Shortage Daily Pick, 2021

Discover Film, 2021
British Short
s Berlin, Germany, 2020
Still Voices Film Festival, Ireland, 2019
Holly Shorts Film Festival, USA, 2018, Academy Award® Qualifying 
Underwire Film Festival, UK, 2018 (BAFTA Qualifying), BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENWRITER Nomination
Norwich Film Festival, UK, 2018 (BAFTA and BIFA Qualifying)
Cambridge Film Festival, UK, 2018 (BAFTA and BIFA Qualifying)
Winchester Film Festival, UK, 2018, BEST BRITISH SHORT Nomination
World FICTS Olympic Committee Championship of Television, Cinema, Sport and Culture, Italy, 2018, FINALS - HONOURABLE MENTION
International Film Festival Wales, UK, 2018, WINNER - BEST SHORT FILM, BEST ACTOR
Tyneside Film Night Hosted by BFI NETWORK | Film Hub North, 2019
Dumbo Film Festival, New York, USA, 2018 Matera Sports Film Festival, Italy, 2018
Liverpool International Film Festival, UK, 2018
Nottingham Film Festival, UK, 2018
FICSAM Mental Health Film Festival, Portugal, 2018, Bronze Audience Award
Bolton Film Festival, UK, 2018
Liverpool Independent Film Festival, UK, 2018
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, UK, 2018, WINNER, Best International Short Drama
New York Lift Off, USA, 2018
Lighthouse International Film Festival, USA, 2018
Long Island International Film Expo, USA, 2018
TMFF, UK, 2018, WINNER: Audience Award, Best Actor, Best Editor, Best Score, Best Cinematography (nomination)
IndieFlicks, UK, 2018, WINNER - Directors Choice Award
BCN Sports Film Festival, Spain, 2018
Manchester Lift Off, UK, 2018
Shorts On Tap, UK, 2018
CinemaJam, UK

Pia Pressure New Voices Award
Indiewire's Project of The Week
Merseyside Arts Foundation
Film Shortage Trailer and Campaign of The Week
Awardeo Trailer of The Week
Decibel Foundation Award

Screen Craft Short Film Project Shortlist



Film Shortage

Radio Times

Indie Republik

The Scotsman

Cambridge 105 Radio

City of Stories

Time Out Los Angeles

Screen Anarchy

The National

TMFF Review *****

Glasgow West End


Manchester Lift Off Festival

Creative Tourist

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Echo I


Met Film Alumni


Trailer - YouTube




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