Savvas Stavrou is a director based in London working in narrative and music promos. His first feature film THE ONES LEFT BEHIND was one of 8 projects selected to participate in the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Lab 2018 and is currently in development.
Previously, his short films SONG TO THE SIREN, DOROTHEA and INTERLUDE have screened internationally at festivals, with the latter having won the Sci-Fi London Festival’s 48 Hour Film Challenge for Best Short. As a music video director, his work for artist Metaxas was pinned by Promo News amidst the likes of Massive Attack and Florence + the Machine. His latest film SIRENS won the Best Music Video award at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival and received international acclaim.
Chris is a gay man who has escaped the small-island mentality of Cyprus in search of sexual freedom in London. But his world is turned inside out when a visit from an old beau reveals the superficiality of his new life and the realisation that, despite being surrounded by people, he is ultimately alone.
Attached to the project: co-writer, director, producer
Looking for: co-producer
Keywords: LGBT, masculinity, nightlife, sexuality, suppression, depression, hedonism
first draft of the script
Waking up to a destructed world after a plague has eradicated all adults, a nine-year-old girl joins a group of boys on their fight for survival against the shadows of reality. Participated in the Sundance Mediterranean Filmmakers Lab 2018.
Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer, co-producer
Keywords: fantasy, war, drama, cyprus, peter pan, adaptation
INT. BEDROOM. CHRIS’S FLAT — NIGHT
… Chris and NEW PARTNER (mid-30s) have emotionless, workmanlike sex.
As Chris and his random partner have sex we take in his room. It’s a pig-sty. Clothes are strewn everywhere. Books piled by the walls.
Most noticeable is Chris’s artwork – paintings and illustrations of the naked male form in various styles. The only common denominator amongst the works is that none of the models faces have been painted.
Chris and a different man (MAX, 36, best-friend material) fall back on the bed in post-coital fatigue. Chris instinctually grabs his phone and gives it his exclusive attention, while Max snuggles up to him and settles in for sleep. Chris stares at him perplexed.
Are you staying?
Is that a problem?
It’s a little presumptuous.
You can stay if you want, it’s just-
That ‘if’ seems loaded. I didn’t
realise I was breaking some social
contract by staying.
Max grabs his clothes and gets dressed.
You’re over-thinking this…
So you want me to stay?
Less now that I did 2 minutes ago.
Hooking up a couple of times
usually means it’s okay to crash.
Four times isn’t that much.
Five times. I thought you were
different. Anyway, my mistake.
Different to what?
The usual fuck boys.
Staying over’s a bit… intimate.
And having my dick in your mouth
My doctor’s had his finger up my
arse, it doesn’t mean I want to
share a tent at Bestival.
I don’t know what it is about your
What makes everyone over 30
start talking in terms of
— Everything’s so fucking
Dude you’re like two Doctor Who’s
older than me. This was just a
fuck. It’s hardly the start of When
Harry Met Gary. If you’re looking
for love, I would get off Grindr.
Something or someone must have made
you really hate people.
I love people! Three a night if I
can. I’m sorry, was that ‘if’
loaded as well?
You’re a dick.
Max storms out.
(shouts after him)
You are what you eat.
Chris lies back in his bed and continues scrolling through his phone.
“Things fall down, people look up, and when it rains, it pours”