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Short Film (Full Length) – 2014

...I decided that any elements of horror, comedy and drama had to come naturally from the kernel of the idea. The film does not have imposing sound design to tell the audience how to feel or think, and I made a conscious decision to shoot it as ‘in camera’ as possible, avoiding unnecessary visual effects, and keep the set design as mundane as possible to make the world of the story believable. The result in my mind is a dark surrealist comedy or fantasy that lives in the real world.
– Writer/director Matthew J Saville on film Dive, in the film's press kit
...a metaphysical dark comedy with an offbeat aura, which manages to be hysterically funny and achingly poignant ... delves into questions of self reflection, internal conflict and grief with playful perverseness. [Director Matthew J] Saville teases his audience by orchestrating an absurd plot, with plenty of shocks, laughs and twists, in order to highlight these very mundane emotions, and he does it in a way which isn’t easily forgotten.
– Short of the Week writer Serafima Serafimova, 26 October 2017
While the film has some dark themes, it was important to me that it was essentially uplifting. Being the surviving half of a pair of identical twins (my brother died in childbirth), I have always wondered what it would be like to be face to face with my other half. For me, it would be an emotional though perfectly natural and positive experience.
– Writer/director Matthew J Saville on the themes in Dive, in the film's press kit