Point Your Toes, Cushla!
It tells the story of a reluctant 9-year-old dancer, Cushla, as she competes at a ballet competition with her ambitious mother watching from the wings.
Set in the final minutes before a girl goes on stage for a ballet contest, Point Your Toes, Cushla, perfectly captures the nerves and emotional fragility of that moment where any wrong move could lead to humiliation. Cushla’s experience is heightened by the ever-present danger of a stage mother who wants to micro-manage every tiny detail.
Unusual for a short film, Point Your Toes, Cushla was released in local cinemas as well as being invited to international festivals. It won a jury award at the St. Petersberg Film Festival.