Red Velvet Time Machine

Director: Alex Hackett

Screenwriter: Alex Hackett

Editor: Leigh-Ann Hiley

Genre: Coming of Age/Drama

Be the person you needed when you were younger.


A mute teenager escapes a traumatic past with his Mother and sister.

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Harrison Watson

Eleanor Ham

Sarah Leigh


Ade Dimberline

Jason Avlonitis

Harriet Ling

Lloyd McDonald


"The story is inspired by a quote by Ayesha Siddiqi. She said ’Be the person you needed when you were younger.’ It struck a nerve with me. I have an advocate personality type, so I always have a cause to fight for, I have to have that passion to drive me to do things. I realised that’s kind of what I’ve been trying to do my whole life.

When I was young - too young to even remember, I witnessed my Mom fall victim to my biological dad’s violent behaviour, which in turn affected my relationship with men in particular, and with physical contact in general."

For many years I didn’t speak much, I cried at any sign of anger, and the time when I was most happy was at the cinema right around the second act where I forgot about the world outside that red velvet room.

Eventually I began to grow confident, even a bit feisty, I became someone who fights for someone who can’t stand up for themselves. But most of all I channeled the feelings into stories.

When I’m making a film everything slows down and I’m calm. All the anxiety goes because I’m in world I made and can control and I can make a happy ending for the characters and the viewers.

I guess that’s what I’m trying to do with Red Velvet Time Machine. Film is therapy, and through Rex I can make sense  of life in a safe place.

This film is my love letter to cinema. A teacher once told me ‘film has the answers to life’s greatest questions’ (although he couldn’t remember who said it) and it’s true."


Knots Untie (2018)

“Hackett’s story here is one that is clearly deeply personal to her, but it’s one that has a lot of touches that have the potential to reach out to anyone who takes the time out of their day to watch it, which is where I believe it’s greatest strengths lie.”  Midland Movies

Jay Bird (2017)

“For all its impeccable black and white aesthetic, is keen to broaden the viewer’s colour scheme when it comes to our rigid perceptions of people.” - Movie Marker

“Hackett writes and creates her characters with care, showing each character’s flaws alongside their strengths. With a great score, rich characters and a unique look, Jay Bird is worth checking out.”  -  Midland Movies

CONSENT (2017)

"Hackett’s tight direction impeccably observing each lingering look. The ‘no’ may be silent here. Yet Consent is an impassioned and intelligent piece that will speak loudly to many." Movie Marker

"A great final shot into the camera summaries the film’s message and although the director mostly avoids veering towards a sermon, that doesn’t make its moral position any less right. In the end, Consent is a straight-to-the-point local drama that covers weighty themes and is as informative as it is insightful." Midlands Movies

For more videos and behind the scenes interviews with cast and crew, visit our indigogo campaign here.

In a mini series of emotional and reflective interviews, Harrison, Sarah, Ellie, Ade, Jason and Lloyd will answer questions about the project and their reasons for joining it.

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Birmingham, UK


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