Adapted from his earlier successful short of the same name, Destin Daniel Cretton’s feature Short Term 12 tells the story of a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility and the troubled relationships which fill her life. We caught up with Destin at the London Film Festival to try and discover the formulae for his filmmaking emotional math equations and sign up for his first date questions service.
Short Term 12 (2013)
Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason.
But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.
I didn’t make the short as a calling card or as a way to turn it into a feature.