REST STOP follows Meredith, a young backpacker desperate to find meaning in her life, when she meets a mysterious stranger in a dingy British service station...claiming to know her.
DIRECTOR: Kate Herron
WRITERS: Kate Herron & Monica Heisey
CAST: Cari Leslie (Boom Chicago) & Ben Willbond (Horrible Histories).
Rest Stop was a collaboration between British filmmaker Kate Herron and Canadian comedian/writer Monica Heisey. They were mentored on the project by Sky Comedy who described them as “A huge comedy voice in the years to come” and it was nominated for the Oscar-qualifying prize of Best Short at Flickers: Rhode Island Film Festival, taking home the Grand Prize for Best Comedy.
When they can get Skype to work Kate and Monica are currently adapting Rest Stop into a web series where Meredith goes travels to England to meet her online British boyfriend but does not meet who she expects.
About the filmmakers:
Kate just finished directing drama mini-series “Five by Five” for the BBC starring and executive produced by Idris Elba. She also just finished a new short called “Smear” exploring smear test anxiety about a woman with a monster in her vagina. She was featured on this years Forbes 30 under 30.
Monica’s written work has appeared in the New Yorker, Huffington Post and Playboy. She is currently a writer on Schitt’s Creek starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara and also on the award-winning Canadian sketch comedy The Baroness Von Sketch Show. Her debut novel “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better” was recommended by both the New Yorker and Lena Dunham.
"Writers Kate Herron and Monica Heisey delight in the contrast between their chirpy but gauche backpacker and the mundane snooze-fest of the dimly lit rest-stop. A sharply written comedy two-hander." - What to see at London Short Film Festival, British Film Institute Blog.