As I Am (formerly known as Philophobia)
Set in the English countryside, 25-year-old Stroud director Guy Davies‘ As I Am depicts small town adolescence. One week of school remains for Kai, an aspiring writer, and his friends. How they spend this time will cost one of them their life and leave them changed forever.
With Harry Lloyd, James Faulkner, Joshua Glenister and Kim Spearman
Director: Guy Davies – Costume designer: Verity May Lane – Story by: Guy Davies · Matthew Brawley – Screenwriter: Guy Davies
“Skilfully shot in rural England, this drama evokes that adolescent mix of confidence and uncertainty”.
“Director Guy Davies shows a great deal of skill in Philophobia. His story is clean and easy to follow with a good balance between light and serious moments, and best of all, he lets his actors act.”
“Outstanding piece of work. First-rate storytelling, and fine nuanced performances from the leads; the guys and gals are all very credible. Contemporary coming of age stories don’t get much better.”
“A superbly shot and emotionally captivating coming of age story with a strong and authentic cast. Went to watch without seeing or hearing anything about the film and was engrossed the whole 2 hours.”
Where does the word Philophobia come from and what does it mean?
The name philophobia comes from the Greek word ‘philia’ (meaning love) and ‘phobia’ (meaning fear). As you might have already concluded from its root words, the definition of philophobia would be the fear of love (or the fear of falling in love).
Guy Davies, the director and writer behind the coming-of-age story, based in his hometown of Stroud.
At only 25, the Randwick-born film maker has an impressive CV, having studied Cinematography at New York Film Academy, and produced several short films.
With his production company, Zebrafish Media, based in Stroud, Guy decided to return to his hometown to direct his new project explaining “It wasn’t so much autobiographical, but an amalgamation of stories from different friends”. As a former pupil of Wycliffe College, returning to his old school has brought back many childhood memories, including the beginning of his love of film.
(taken from a longer interview first reported in the Stroud News)