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A Short Film about a young woman in the grips of depression, who escapes to Tuscany to visit family.

by Leelah in London, England, United Kingdom


"Cicala" is a short film exploring one girls battle with mental health. The film focuses on a young woman, Rosa, who travels to Tuscany to visit family in hopes of leaving her chaotic life at home in London. 

Whilst exploring the mountains in Tuscany she discovers a dead body.

We wanted to explore the Post Traumatic Grief and the PTSD that comes with finding a dead body and how this would change someones life.


The Film will be shot in Ceserano, province of Massa- Carrara in Tuscany. Ceserano is a tiny village at the top of a mountain, with a population of less than 200 people


Producer, Actress and Development of Original Concept- Leelah Voe McEvoy

Leelah developed the concept of this film with her father Mark McEvoy! Leelah has trained with several London based theatre companies including Shakespeare’s Globe, The Old Vic and most recently The National Youth Theatre. Leelah is represented by Trulowe Management.

Director, Camera Man and Original Concept- Mark McEvoy.

Mark McEvoy has been a photographer for over 20 years building up an eclectic and strong body of work.                                                                                                             He completed an MA in Design for Interactive Media in 2002. Since then he has been exploring multimedia through digital-photo narrative and video. Mark has developed several documentary style films however this will be his first fictional film.

Screenplay Writer- Kayla Feldman

Kayla is a freelance theatre director, writer and performance poet. Kayla trained on the M.A. in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and the Shakespeare's Globe Directing Studio, and holds a B.A. in Theatre and Performance (International) from the University of Leeds.                                          Kayla is represented by United Agents

Actress- Prabjot Sandhu

NYT member Prabjot is a young actress based in London. After recently completing a one year vocational training course alongside the National Youth Theatre she will be joining us on this exciting project!

Actor- James McEIvar

Scottish born James had his feature film debut in T2:Trainspotting, in 2017 he was selected to join The National Ensemble at Scottish Youth Theatre, The following year he became a member of The National Youth Theatre. In 2019 James was cast in the international Netflix show "Into The Night" as Freddie. James is represented by Revolution Talent.

Actress- Kitty Reed

Kitty is a Sheffield based actress who trained alongside the Carney Academy in Yorkshire and The National Youth Theatre. She is currently writing and developing a one-woman show which is set to be performed this year.


Your generous support will help with all production costs, from camera hire to post-production, as well as travel expenses and food for the cast and crew. Our aim is to enter Cicala into film festivals such as Cannes and Sundance, so we will also be using any remaining funds to cover any entry fees. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

First Tier

You will be named in the credits of our film thank you for your support!

£25 or more

Second Tier

Tier One + a DVD of the short film with a personal 'Thank You' note from everyone on the project.

£50 or more

Third Tier

Tier Two + Invitation to a private screening of the project!

£75 or more

Fourth Tier

Tier Three + Two tickets to the private screening of our short film! (Plus Prosecco)

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