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In his dramatic short Seagulls, director Martin Smith explores the superficial yet insurmountable cultural bonds which prevent a newly arrived young showman from finding a place amongst his local peers. Ahead of Seagulls’ world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival – where it will screen on the 10th, 12th, 13th & 14th February – we sat down with Martin to discuss the importance of authenticity to his process and why a watery jump could have spelt the end of his directing career.

What really drew me to working with non-actors, particularly with young people, was that the authenticity comes from who they are.

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