Alex Barrett

I am currently working on the feature-length city symphony LONDON SYMPHONY, which is currently in postproduction. To find out more about the project, please visit the official website.

My debut feature, LIFE JUST IS, was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012, where it was selected for the 'Best of the Fest' screenings and a special 'highlights' series. It won the 'Jury Award' at the Mexico International Film Festival 2013 and a 'Gold Kahuna Award' at Honolulu Film Awards 2013. It was selected for the Arizona International Film Festival 2013, and nominated for Best Feature at the Van d'Or Awards 2012. It was released theatrically and on home video in the UK and Ireland in December 2012 through Independent Distribution, and was acclaimed as Mark Kermode's 'DVD of the Week' in both The Observer and on BBC News 24.

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Synopsis: Pete, Tom, Claire and Jay are university graduates having trouble making the move into adult life. Beneath the hanging out and the daily routines simmers Pete’s desire to find a spiritual answer to life’s meaning, Jay’s desperate need not to get hurt again, and Tom and Claire’s ever increasing mutual attraction. A thoughtful character drama, LIFE JUST IS is a film about love, death, and, most importantly of all, life itself.

The Cast
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Will De Meo

Jack Gordon

Nathaniel Martello-White
Fiona Ryan

Jayne Wisener

Paul Nicholls

What people are saying about the film...

'One of the most promising debuts in contemporary cinema'
- Brad Stevens, Sight & Sound contributor & author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision

'A truly thoughtful British debut... The young cast shine'
- Tim Robey, Film Critic for The Telegraph

'Explores the emotionally fraught lives of its young characters with humour, intelligence and compassion' – Philip Concannon, Phil on Film

'Existential growing pains, angst & understanding, Alex Barrett's characters walk a tightrope of emotions into adulthood, a fraught balancing act of interpersonal negotiations and resignations along which this brilliantly assured new voice in British cinema doesn't miss a step' - Matthew Thrift, Cinephile

'Witty, moving, charming and well-paced'
- James B. Evans. Contributor to Electric Sheep, Little White Lies and Cinema Scope

'Watch it, and you’ll feel like you’ve made some new friends'
- Tom Roberts, Manager Gate Cinema, Notting Hill and writer for Cinetalk.

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