Laura Marling-starring film to premiere at London Short Film Festival

The six-minute 'Woman Driver' is set in Marfa, Texas and will be shown on January 14

Woman Driver, a short film starring Laura Marling, will premiere at the forthcoming London Short Film Festival.

The six-minute film was directed by Chris Perkel in Marfa, Texas, and won Best Musical and Best Actress in the 72-Hour National Film Challenge and sees Marling starring alongside Casey Thomas Brown. The film features new music from the singer-songwriter.

Woman Driver will be shown on January 14 at London’s Hackney Picturehouse, alongside a selection of other shorts featuring London Grammar, Gazelle Twin and Anna Calvi, in the New Shorts: Music And Video category. The 12th annual London Short Film Festival will take place from January 9-18 at various venues across the capital.


Fittingly, Marling’s forthcoming new LP is called ‘Short Movie’. The singer-songwriter, who’s been living in LA for two years, wrote her new album in America at the beginning of 2014. In the new issue of Uncut, she revealed that the record was based on the fear the country induced in her, including the track ‘Small Poke’, which was written after her experience of Hurricane Sandy in New York and “the horror of being in an enormous metropolis with no power”.

Marling also disclosed that the new record, which is due for release on March 23, is her first to be completed without a producer. The three-way effort between herself, her drummer Matt – who runs Urchin Studios in Hackney – and Dan Cox, also from Urchin, also features Nick Pinki on bass, Tom Fiddle, who played in Noah And The Whale, on strings, and Ruth de Tuberville on Cello.

‘Short Movie’ is Laura Marling’s fifth album. Marling previewed songs from the record at a gig in Los Angeles late last year at which Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys was in the audience.

The ‘Short Movie’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘False Hope’
‘I Feel Your Love’
‘Walk Alone’
‘Don’t Let Me Bring You Down’
‘Gurdjieff’s Daughter’
‘How Can I’
‘Howl At The Moon’
‘Short Movie’