LONDON – Avant-garde U.K. director Ben Charles Edwards' short film Dotty could signal the beginning of a fresh British acting dynasty. The film stars nine-year-old Rudy Law, son of Jude Law and Sadie Frost, Jude Law's ex-wife.
Frost and Law junior star alongside one another in Edwards' take on a classic American children's fantasy. Co-written with Dominic Wells, Dotty details the story of a lonely nine-year-old child who stumbles across an old caravan whilst wondering across the Nevada desert and meets the eccentric old woman of the story's title.
The short is due to unspool ahead of Dom Hemmingway, the British crime thriller starring Jude Law, at a screening in London on Oct. 20.
Shot on location in Nevada, the film is a true family affair, as it is produced by Frost¹s own banner Blonde to Black Pictures. She set designed the film with Emma Comley and Edwards, with Andrew Green as executive producer.
Edwards said filmmaking Frost "was teaching Rudy a lot whilst we were on set," describing the filmmaking process as "just charming."
"It was beautiful moments to witness, watching a mum and a son work like that," he added.
Edwards also told THR that Jude Law gave input on the film.
"So it really was a family effort, because the suggestions that Jude made to the edit hugely strengthened the project by helping with the structure of the edit -- adding shots, taking them away, Jude really got the balance right."
Frost describes the title character as fun as "I love playing characters that are very different from me where I can completely transform myself. So Dotty is a kooky eccentric old lady -- I love the way she dances."
Dotty marks Edwards' eighth outing behind the camera. He has also collaborated with artists and talent such as Russian conceptual artist Andrey Bartenev for a photography exhibit at the Russian Museum of Modern Art, Zandra Rhodes, artist Piers Atkinson, musician and DJ Boy George and the fashion world¹s Giles Deacon at Vogue Italia.