UK, Portugal


Anna, an agency worker, takes her dog for a morning walk before doing her shopping. Searching through the discounted items, Anna wanders through the supermarket trying to find the most affordable necessities. As her groceries edge towards the checkout, her agency calls; she has lost her shift. THE SHIFT aims to capture the vulnerable condition of a temporary worker and to reveal the immediate consequences of the dangerously short and ever-present distance separating employment and poverty, security and tumult.

Directors Statement

The idea that we live as free individuals never felt truthful to me. Our chronic dependency on work and the insecurity felt by so many is a reality cinema must represent and I want my films to contribute to this. THE SHIFT is the portrait of this dependency from the perspective of a young woman who powerlessly sees her life derail in an instant.

Director's Biography

Born in Porto in 1994, Laura Carreira is a Portuguese filmmaker based in Scotland.
She completed an Audiovisual Communication Degree at the António Arroio School of Arts in Lisbon and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Directing at the University of Edinburgh.
Her first film RED HILL was selected for various film festivals internationally and considered one of the best seven films at the 2019 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival by the International Film Magazine Sight & Sound.
Laura was selected for the 2019 BellRock Writing Residency to develop her first feature-length original screenplay and took part in the BellRock Director's Workshop run by Gyula Gazdag.

2020 THE SHIFT, short
2018 RED HILL, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Laura Carreira

Written by: Laura Carreira

Produced by: Maeve McMahon, Mhairi Valentine

Cinematography: Karl Kürten

Editing: Florian Nonnenmacher

Production Design: Kara Ramsay

Costume Design: Kirsty Halliday, Stuart Truesdale

Original Score: Laura Carreira

Sound: John Cobban

Main Cast: Anna Russell-Martin (Anna)

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2020