Bitter Sea

Bitter Sea is a short film by writer-director Fateme Ahmadi (Berlinale Talent 2017) and produced by Emma Parsons (Touching The Void, Captive), starring ADA Condeescu (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, LoverBoy, EU Shooting Star 2013). Bitter Sea was selected by Film London as part of their competitive London Calling Plus Scheme out of more than 100 projects. It was commissioned by Film London and awarded production funding in association with the BFI Net.Work and Creative Skillset.




The story is about a Romanian single mother has recently escaped from an abusive husband and fled to London to build a better future for her daughter. She’s found a job and place to live, but the landlord has a strict “no children allowed” policy. Trapped in an impossible situation, she has to find a way to hide her daughter being in the flat.




Ada Condeescu

Belle-Marie Ochiana

Jeff Mirza

Raghad Chaar

Cristina Catalina

Ross Egan


Supporting Cast

Helal Ahmed              Rayo Patel               Wendy Alvarado

Gerogeionna Matta   Kristina Garrow      Lauren Morley




Writer & Director

Fateme Ahmadi


Emma Parsons

Associate Producer

Andrew Oldbury


Alex Grigoras

Casting Director

Isabella Odoffin

Production Designer

Zoe Payne


Abolfazl Talooni


Filip Sijanec

Sound Designer & Mixer

Rob Szeliga

Costume Designer

Emily- Rose Yiaxis

Hair and makeup Designer

Diandra Ferreira

Sound Recordist

Barney Brookes

Production Manager

Lucy Gaymer

First Assistant Director

Patrick James Stephens

Second Assistant Director

Rachel Armitage

Production Coordinator

Annelies De Jong

Location Manager

Jamie Parsons

Script Supervisor

Mara Lubens

Focus Puller

Matteo Zenini

Clapper Loader

Chloé Deleplace


Ross Greening


Joel Rainsley

Still photographer

Marc Hankins


Jason Moffat

Edit Assistant

Raphael Pereira

Art Department Assistants

Anna Smith

Rebecca Rose

Kira Dhaliwal

Jamie Humphrey

Thomas Runge

Gerald Zibengwa

Medical Script Consultant

Maziar Ahmadi

Romanian Script Consultant

Yossi Balanescu

Belle- Marie’s Chaperone

Mel Martin

Foley Artist

Francisco Rizzi,

Foley Recordist

Martin Gabriel Scaglia

Foley Service by




For Film London

Head of Talent Development & Production

Jordan McGarry

Development Producer

Angeli MacFarlane

Producer, Short Film Scheme

Josic Cadoret

Production and Development Officer

Alice Whittemore