Lauren Porteous’s short, ‘Motel‘, is about isolation, taking risks, and strangers in a lonely rundown town at night.

Motel by Lauren Porteous

What is your film about?

Motel‘ is a short story told over one night in a lonely rundown town or any forgotten part of the world…One can’t move, the other can’t stop.

What are the main topics raised by the story?

Isolation. Taking risks. Talking to strangers.

What is your credo as a filmmaker?

I decided to make my first short film ‘Motel‘ last year. I followed this with two more short films in competitions and won Best Female Director award at 48 Hour Film Festival, in 2016.

Lauren Porteous

Who is the target audience of your film?

Male/Female 30-65. People who have lived and lost.

Can you share a funny or interesting story about the making of the film?

It seemed the highway next to the Motel would be a negative for the film but became an extra character – which of course made everything in the film more sexual. We called it ‘Truck Porn’.

Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?

I submitted ‘Motel‘ in the hopes of being discovered and to showcase the people who helped make it.