State of Mind: A short psychological film by Lincoln filmmakers

A team of local filmmakers have produced their own short film, featuring a special Lincoln building.

Producer, writer and co-cinematographer James Hicks, director David Harris, editor Tim Hodson, and sound and stuntman Steven Healey produced State of Mind, a 30 minute short film about a man who lost his memory and has been convicted of murder. Through his therapists, the film looks at the protagonists’ fight to remember his dark past.

The short was filmed in Lincoln locations such as the Still pub on Saltergate and the Ritz Cinema auditorium. Once the film was completed, they premiered it at their own film festival at the Ritz and donated back the money raised.

James Hicks said: “I wanted the film to make us question morality and if we are still guilty of the crimes we do not remember. Do our memories have an effect on our personalites and morality?

“We had little to no budget, using our own props and equipment that were available to us. I wanted to use Lincolnshire talent and all our actors worked free of charge. The actors were all brilliant and was a fun project to work on.”

He added: “The rather run-down auditorium [at the Ritz Cinema in early 2013] made the atmosphere of the interrogation scene even more tense and sinister.

“Pete Genders from the Ritz was very supportive of us so in return I decided to create a film festival and have it shown there, with all the money made from the night going back into the restoration of the cinema.”

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