Passion Gap

A Film by Matt Portman
and Jason Donald


Elani has grown up in violence. It surrounds her. It inhabits her father and lives on every face in her neighborhood. But Elani has learned a trick: watching people’s hands. If she carefully observes how someone carries a mug or a phone or a bottle, she can spot that subtle difference between holding and wielding. This keeps her alive.
Elani has been with Mikey for almost a year. She is his number one girl. Mikey and his best friend, Sunday, are small time drug runners and tonight is their biggest score. If it all goes well, they’ll have enough money to get out of Cape Town for good. It’s up to Elani to keep Mikey happy for one more night and prevent their relationship from imploding.


  • Picture of Matt Portman © Matt Portman

    Matt Portman

    Matt Portman was born in London and grew up in Switzerland. He studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree he began directing and producing music videos. Collaborating with musicians and bands from around the world, some of his projects include Murasaki by Cheatahs in 2015, Supermaster by A Place to Bury Strangers in 2015. In 2016, he choreographed and directed an experimental dance video Schistocyte. In 2017, he produced and co-directed his debut film, Passion Gap, with the acclaimed author Jason Donald. He lives in London.

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    Jason Donald

    Jason Donald was born in Scotland and grew up in South Africa. He studied English Literature and Philosophy at St. Andrews University and is a graduate of the Glasgow University Creative Writing MA. His debut novel, Choke Chain, published by Jonathan Cape, was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Saltire First Book Award. His second novel, Dalila, was published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in January 2017. He has also published short stories in various literary journals, including The Astronaut for BBC Radio 4 and Puerta Galera for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Donald has just written his first screenplay, Passion Gap, and co-directed the
    film in collaboration with the filmmaker Matt Portman. He lives with his wife in Switzerland.

Awards + Festivals

    6th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India) July 23, 2017
  • 5th INDIAN CINE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)September 10, 2017
  • 10th ARIZONA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA)September 15, 2017
  • 16th GREAT LAKES INT'L SHORTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)September 21, 2017
  • 9th CHARLOTTE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Charlotte, NC, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 1st FEODOSIYA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Feodosiya, Republic Of Crimea, Russian Federation)September 22, 2017
  • 4th PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy)October 24, 2017
    CINEMA WORLD FEST AWARDS (Autumn Session, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
    1st FIVE CONTINENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)November 1, 2017
    6th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, U.K.)November 3, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival (Official Selection, Sydney, Australia)November 20, 2017
  • 1st COLLATERAL 102 TURIN CINEFEST (Official Selection, Turin, Italy)December 6, 2017
  • STEAM HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Avenal, CA, USA)December 8, 2017
  • 2nd NEO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ohio, USA)December 8, 2017
  • 2nd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 24, 2017
  • 15th LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)January 12, 2018
  • 7th IRVINE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Costa Mesa, CA, USA)January 25, 2018
  • 3rd OREGON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Portland, Oregon, USA)February 3, 2018
  • 5th CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chennai, India)February 28, 2018
  • 3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)March 1, 2018
  • 19th KONTRAST FILMFEST (Official Selection, Bayreuth, Germany)March 2, 2018
  • 2nd RAPIDLION SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 3, 2018
  • THE SOUTH FILM AND ARTS ACADEMY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chile)March 16, 2018
  • 18th BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Beverly Hills, California, USA)April 4, 2018
  • 19th CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, MS, USA)April 12, 2018
  • 37th ANNUAL MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)April 12, 2018
    51st ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON (Official Selection, Houston, TX, USA)April 20, 2018
  • 10th SENE FILM MUSIC ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rhode Island, USA)April 24, 2018
  • 3rd SILICON BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)April 24, 2018
  • 48th ANNUAL USA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, USA)April 25, 2018
    40th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & VIDEO COMPETITION 2018 (Official Selection, Dallas, Texas, USA)April 25, 2018
    13th ÉCU - THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)May 4, 2018
  • 2nd HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hollywood, CA, USA)May 18, 2018
    1st SOUTH AFRICAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2018
  • 9th BROOKLYN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NYC, USA)June 17, 2018
  • 3rd THE AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, USA)June 29, 2018
  • 39th DURBAN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Durban, South Africa)July 19, 2018
  • 7th MADRID INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)July 20, 2018
    3rd KLEINKAAP SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Centurion, South Africa)July 29, 2018
  • 24th SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Antonio, TX, USA)August 1, 2018
  • 14th ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL AND WRITERS’ CELEBRATION (Official Selection, Las Vegas, NV, USA)August 16, 2018
  • 14th ACTION ON FILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, NV, USA)August 16, 2018
  • 6th FILMFESTIVAL KITZBÜHEL (Official Selection, Kitzbühel, Austria)August 20, 2018
    3rd DEFY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nashville, TN, USA)August 24, 2018
  • 43rd ODENSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Odense, Denmark)August 27, 2018
  • 6th SKYLINE INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Winchester, VA, USA)September 6, 2018
  • 12th BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Byron Bay, Australia)October 12, 2018
  • 7th SOUTHHAMPTON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Southhampton, UK)October 17, 2018
  • CINEFEST GATO PRETO (Official Selection, Brazil)November 5, 2018
  • 8th NORWICH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Norwich, UK)November 7, 2018


Matt Portman & Jason Donald
Gavin Schneider & Matt Portman
Matt Portman & Jason Donald
Director of Photography
Fabian Vettiger
Art Direction
Jade Ashton Scully
Costume Design
Kaley Meyer
John Classens
Stephen Du Plessis
Sound Design
Robert Brinkworth


Running Time
20:50 mins
Shooting Format
3.2K Arri Mini
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Stereo & 5.1 Surround



aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068


Matt Portman

Jason Donald