Lost@Sea, a short film and associated research and outputs

Project Details

Academic description

Lost@Sea is a short (circa 25 minutes long) dramatic film that addresses a number of problems and difficulties that can face us all but, especially young people and their parents. Set a few years in the future a teenaged girl, Maisie, seeks answers to the reasons for her mother’s suicide some years before. Her mother’s suicide has caused her trauma that has lead to her self-harming. Her father, a former merchant seaman, has given up the sea to bring up his troubled daughter but, stands by bewildered as he witnesses her pain and confusion. Maisie in seeking answers to her mother’s suicide has an Artificial Intelligence avatar built by a technician at the local university. When she finally gets to talk to her “mother” she finds out that her “mother” can't help her and she considers committing suicide by drowning herself in the sea but, as her father desperately searches for her, she instead throws her device into the waves and returns home. She foreswears self-harming as they rebuild their relationship.

The film, therefore, looks at the topics of psychological trauma, suicide, self-harm, single-parenting and the benefits and dangers of Artificial Intelligence. The film will be used by the collaborating charities in their work and the impact of the use of the film will be used in further research.
Effective start/end date1/06/2431/12/25


  • Solent University

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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