writer / director / production designer 

8 minutes // 2017 // fiction



A coming of age film set in 1993 about best friends Cara and Lucy. Lucy suspects that Cara has feelings for girls rather than boys and is determined to get the truth from Cara.

Cast | Ashleigh Cordery and Miranda Horn

Producer | Natalie Sutton
Director Of Photography | Dagmar Scheibenreif
Editor | Neil Fergusson
Composer | Victoria Wijeratne
Music | Dongmyo Police Box
Company | Freyja Films


Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival – May 2017, Canada

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – May 2017, India

Connecticut LGBT Film Festival – June 2017, USA

Cardiff Mini Film Festival – June 2017, UK

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – August 2017, USA

Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival – August 2017, USA

Outflix Film Festival – September 2017, USA

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – September 2017, Hong Kong

Queerbee LGBT Film Festival – September 2017, UK

OutWest Film Festival – September 2017, USA
Iris Prize Festival – October 2017, UK

ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film Festival – October 2017, USA

Reel Q Film Festival – October 2017, USA

Chaktomuk Short Film Festival – October 2017, Cambodia

Underwire Festival – November 2017, UK

International Queer Film Festival Merlinka – December 2017, Serbia

Out Of The Can Film Festival – December 2017, UK

Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival – January 2018, UK

Melbourne Queer Film Festival – March 2018, Australia

SpringOut! Middle Tennessee LGBT+ Film Festival – April 2018, USA

Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival – April 2018, India

Direct Short Online Film Festival – May 2018 – Best Director Winner

ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival – June 2018, China

Sunday Shorts – June 2018, UK

Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival – August 2018, UK
Norfolk Film Festival – September 2018, UK

Praise for Pillow Talk

UK Film Review

Astutely intimate and containing wonderful, believable characters, Cooke’s short film is a timeless journey of self discovery and friendship. Whilst the window may be brief, we witness a beautiful moment of connection that transcends the shallow concepts of social media and the like, and harks back to a time where the clarity of one’s identity could only be found by challenging yourself and those you cared about.

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Circle of Cinema – Pillow Talk @ Underwire Festival Review

Pillow Talk mostly ended up being a damn good reminder of my time during the 90s. True, I was a teenage boy, but I remember the coloured hairspray and Polaroid cameras! But I also remember how negatively being gay was perceived. Cooke’s film does an amazing job of showing us the true power of friendship in the face of societal judgement.

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