A young woman that carefully hides a serious lump in her neck, rejects seeing a doctor when her older sister discovers her condition and pushes her to go to the hospital.

A young woman that carefully hides a serious lump in her neck, rejects seeing a doctor when her older sister discovers her condition and pushes her to go to the hospital.

PURPLE SCARF

UK, 2020 / 7′

Director
José Prats

with
Jasmine Sumner
Emily Heyworth

Screenplay José Prats
Directors of Photography Ben Ripley, Howard Smith
Production Designer Jamie Clayborough
Sound Designer Brian Lane
Editor Pawel Pracz
Composer Thomas Hohl
Producers José Prats
Barry Morton
Rudi Kidd
Associate producer Nabil Ejey (Black Mamba Films)
Distribution Esen Studios

José Prats

José Prats is a Spanish illustrator, writer and director based between Spain and the UK. He works as a freelance illustrator for the award winning studio Aardman Animations. His personal work as a writer & director spreads across both live-action and animation mediums. After completing his first short ‘Mara, Maravillas’, he directs Purple Scarf. As of today, José is directing ‘Umbrellas’, a traditional animation short film co-produced by Spain and France.

José Prats

José Prats is a Spanish illustrator, writer and director based between Spain and the UK. He works as a freelance illustrator for the award winning studio Aardman Animations. His personal work as a writer & director spreads across both live-action and animation mediums. After completing his first short ‘Mara, Maravillas’, he directs Purple Scarf. As of today, José is directing ‘Umbrellas’, a traditional animation short film co-produced by Spain and France.

Director statement

Purple Scarf attempts to portray the suffering of a person who refuses to discover the nature of a strange symptom as she fears it could potentially be the origin of a serious disease. In this story, I want to talk about the human weakness of our minds minimising problems related to health up to the point of ignoring them so that we can go on with our everyday lives.
My intention behind this project is to bring light to this common but perhaps frequently overlooked issue that I have observed in my circle of friends and acquaintances in the South Spain and North England.
Going to the doctor in order to find out about an unknown symptom requires a great deal of courage, however, not doing so could lead to disaster. In Purple Scarf, I wanted Jessica, the protagonist, to eventually come to terms with her fear revealing her condition to her older sister.

Director statement

Purple Scarf attempts to portray the suffering of a person who refuses to discover the nature of a strange symptom as she fears it could potentially be the origin of a serious disease. In this story, I want to talk about the human weakness of our minds minimising problems related to health up to the point of ignoring them so that we can go on with our everyday lives.
My intention behind this project is to bring light to this common but perhaps frequently overlooked issue that I have observed in my circle of friends and acquaintances in the South Spain and North England.
Going to the doctor in order to find out about an unknown symptom requires a great deal of courage, however, not doing so could lead to disaster. In Purple Scarf, I wanted Jessica, the protagonist, to eventually come to terms with her fear revealing her condition to her older sister.