Sew: 2020.


A short documentary portrait of a mail-order bride.


→ Production Design
→ Set Design
→ Photography

THE IDEA:

Sew is a short documentary portrait of Nunette, a mail-order bride that moved from the Philippines to the UK in the 1980’s—only to wind up running her own mail-order bride agency. After years of working in the industry, Nunette retired and started a career in her true passion: sewing. In this short, Nunette reflects on her somewhat controversial past; sharing stories of her childhood, and thoughts on the mail-order bride industry.

THE PROCESS:

To tell Nunettes story, we transformed an old sewing machine museum into a factory, and dressed rooms to look like her house and shop front. I wanted the backgrounds to look as natural and lived-in as possible: with lots of little details that intrigued audiences, but don’t distract from Nunettes words. 

I was the shorts production designer and behind the scenes photographer. Below are a selection of shots from Sew, which is currently in post-production.




Sew was awarded the Talkies Film Commission and The Other Brother Film Fund.


→ Director: Xenia Glen
→ Co-Director: Daniel Bayle
→ First Assistant Director: Sarah Liata