• Director

    Clare Macdonald

  • Country, Year, Length

    United Kingdom, 2022, 14 minutes 51 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

Date, Time & Location:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH • 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
MoMI Bartos • 36-01 35th Ave • Queens, NY 11106


Highs and Lows: Five films that take you on a ride.


Matthew is tired of feeling down. He wants to get help, get milk, and get back to normal. But his relentless inner voices are not going to make things easy. In fact, they’re going to make sure it’s an ice-cold uphill struggle.

A comedy about mental health featuring the voices of Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Star Wars) and James Lance (Ted Lasso).


  • Clare Macdonald, Director
  • Adam Steedman Thake, Writer
  • Robyn Forsythe, Producer
  • Jamie Wilkes, Key Cast
  • Gemma Yates-Round, Key Cast

Director Statement

The Mountain is a surreal comedy in which protagonist Matthew struggles to get through his day as his inner fears, self-sabotage, insecurities and sense of failure ambush him at the doctors, on the bus, and in his own kitchen. Not only do they take posssession of the doctor and fellow bus passengers but also the doctor’s desk lamp, an innocent rucksack (or is it?) and a carton of milk that he climbed a mountain to procure.

The theme of mental health generally and men’s mental health specifically is a disastrously taboo topic still today. The Mountain is a film that aims to bring about a conversation about mental health in a new way. This film uses comedy elements and genre to conjure the difficulty of experiencing feelings that do not chime with one’s surrounding world and the people in it.

Director Biography

Clare Macdonald is an award-winning film director. Her work has screened at OSCAR, BAFTA & BIFA-qualifying festivals globally, winning multiple awards including an EDA Best Director Award from the AWFJ in the US in 2021 and Best International Film at Cleveland this year.

Clare’s recent work includes globally distributed digital comedy series Bleachers, period comedy 1800-D-DIRECT, and mental health comedy for Sky & Sugar Films.

Clare trained at NFTS, was mentored by Georgi Banks-Davies through Directors UK Inspire in 2021, selected to Canneseries 2021, a Sundance Feature Development Lab Finalist 2022, and one of three feature animation teams selected to the prestigious Annecy Film Festival Residency in 2022. They are currently developing their debut feature.