Portrait of Kaye

56 Mins, UK/Finland, 2021


Restricted by her lifelong agoraphobia, Kaye has spent most of her life within the four walls of her parents’ house. Finding relief from her fears in the faces and lives of old film stars, she pastes their images alongside those of her deceased family on the walls of her house, creating a kaleidoscopic collage that mixes personal history with Hollywood fantasy. Told first-hand via freewheeling monologues, Portrait of Kaye is a bittersweet portrait of a woman forming her own unique identity while navigating the conflicting influences of her mother’s bawdy humour and her father’s anxieties. Now 74 and recently widowed, her infatuation with a younger neighbour gives her an opportunity to explore personal and sexual freedoms that have always been hidden away.


Directed, Produced, Edited & Photographed by Ben Reed
Co–Produced by Paria Eskandari
Associate Producer Hayley Williams
Executive Producer Myles Payne
Colour by Hannu Käki
Sound Design by Svante Colérus
Title Design by Amy Preston-Hall
DCP Mastering by Teijo Pellinen / Kinokki
Additional Post by Eamonn Blake


World Premiere: Sheffield Doc Fest 2021, UK

International Premiere: Hot Docs 2022, Toronto, Canada
Flatpack Festival 2022, Birmingham, UK


Special Jury Award, UK Competition, Sheffield Doc Fest 2021, UK
First Feature Award (Nominated), Sheffield Doc Fest 2021, UK


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
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