Our story opens in Calais, Northern France.

Father and son, Joe and Ivan are moored in a quiet marina, preparing for their return journey to the UK following a sailing trip. After years of mutual estrangement they finally seem to be healing the wounds of the past.

Their peace is shattered by the arrival of father and son Afran and Waleed, two desperate men from Afghanistan who board their boat and try to pay for Joe and Ivan to take them across to England.

When an argument escalates into an ugly altercation, one man is critically injured and they all have no choice but to set sail into the unknown across the English Channel.

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Follow our journey as we set off on a voyage like no other!

Editor Jim Page, Director Leo De Haan and Producer Barbara Hauser in the editing suite.

Editor Jim Page, Director Leo De Haan and Producer Barbara Hauser in the editing suite.

We are deep in post production. Watch this space for news on the film’s release!

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Thanks to our amazing supporters, we managed to raise a total of £11,421 - to help us finance part of our production costs. Massive THANK YOU to everybody who backed us!!!

Watch a video behind the scences with Becci Mapes.

Watch a video behind the scences with Becci Mapes.

BEccI Mapes - Make-up Artist

Last week we went behind the scenes with The Boat's special effects make-up artist Becci Mapes, in her London studio! Take a peek into the prosthetics world with this preview video...

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"The idea for The Boat came to me whilst on a mini sailing break in Europe with a group of individuals, all of whom came from different social backgrounds and the aftermath of a small but potentially life threatening accident out in the open sea.  As the skipper had to make some quick decisions and tried to deal with the clash of personalities that ensued, I became aware of the inherent danger that lay either side of a wrong decision. The responsibility he held for the lives of those (including mine) on the vessel impacted on me. 

I started asking myself what would I do as a novice sailor if I had to take control of a similar vessel? What if my own survival and other’s depended on it? What would I do? How would I navigate us home? And what if the skipper or other crew was critically injured and I had to take some drastic measures? 

The clash of personalities I witnessed grew into an arena where I felt I could challenge an audience, by widening that clash into cultural and racial volatility. Bringing the refugee crisis into the debate I want to ask uncomfortable questions of the audience- yet root them in a story about two father and sons- a dynamic that resonates with us all, regardless of our social, moral or political leaning. 

I don’t plan to make a political film by setting the story against the backdrop of something bigger than our own everyday lives- where we have no control, but I believe there is immense power in engaging, in making decisions, in questioning our sense of empathy. I believe that is a responsibility we all share."


Leo DeHaan, Writer & Director of The Boat




Writer & Director 

Leonow living in Brighton, has spent 15 years in London working as a filmmaker and director. He set up Black Bull Films in 2006 and has since worked with entertainment companies such as LoveFilm, Bill Kenwright Ltd and Amazon. His feature documentary Race Across America was transmitted on British Eurosport. The Boat will be his third, final and most ambitious short film to date. He is also an amateur sailing enthusiast!




Jackie is a French-native cinematographer with an eye for the unusual and a taste for the challenging. Her passion for diversity can be seen in the range of projects she is lensing: from a family drama shot entirely on a fishing boat, to an exploration of the last days of Captain Scott’s expedition. Jackie’s work covers documentaries as well as fiction and has been recognised by numerous festivals.




Barbara is a native Austrian freelance producer whoes credits include producing music videos such as Ultraviolet by Fred V & Grafix for Hospital Records as well as short films and branded content. Most recently she has line produced the concept short Biopunk for Dresden Pictures starring Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), the additional photography for Two for Joy for Blonde to Black Pictures and the feature film Sick(er) backed by the BFI and BBC starring Sian Brooke (Sherlock) and Amanda Burton (Silent Witness). She loves the ocean and is a PADI advanced scuba diver. 




Kurban is a Freelance Producer and has recently produced Sally Potter’s THE PARTY with an all-star cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy. Prior to this, he produced the world’s first interactive feature film LATE SHIFT, co-produced THE PASS, a 2017 BAFTA nominated film, and BRAKES starring The Mighty Boosh. He recently produced THE HUNGRY, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus with Amazon Studios, as well as Kristin Scott Thomas’ debut feature as director.




Becci has worked in the film industry since graduating from the University of the Arts, London in 2010, with her credits including makeup and prosthetics for THE ISLE and JAWBONE AND THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. 

For Becci, taking opportunities to work with more effects driven projects as well as wig making and props is a continuing endeavour.



Laura is a multidisciplinary production and set designer who has worked across several feature length productions, short films, fashion editorials and 3D installations. Having gained experience on ‘Tank 432’ (exec; Ben Wheatley) as Art Director she has moved on to Production Design, most recently ‘Tucked’, which premiered at Outfest in Los Angeles, claiming two awards. With a creative eye she is an enthusiastic designer who enjoys working across a broad scope of varying projects.




Jim works in drama, comedy and documentary. Feature film credits include THE PUGILIST, nominated for the ‘Michael Powell Best British Film Award’ at the 71st Edinburgh Film Festival, ARTHUR AND MERLIN and OFF PISTE. Short films he's cut have been nominated for the Palm D'or at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hitchcock D'or at Dinard Film Festival, and have screened at festival worldwide including London Film Festival, Raindance, New York and Toronto. He has also cut many documentaries for the BBC and CH4, plus commercials for Sony, Disney and Red Bull. 

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Casting Director: Mandy Steele
Script Consultant: Tom Critch
BTS Photographer/Videographer: Anthony Ilott



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