Four Quartets

He waves his arms in the air while his lithe body soaks up the beat and transfers it to his legs. Raf literally breathes in the music. At the same time he is constantly scanning the room. There is desire and expectation in his gaze, but also anxiety and shyness. Moving to the film’s rhythmic pulse and the intoxicating music in the queer club, we dance with Raf and cast off all inhibitions.
by Marco Alessi
with Laurie Kynaston, Mary Antony, Henry Felix, Darren Siah, Otamere Guobadia, Mahatma Michael, Emily Renée, Selali Fiamanya, Nathan Ellis, Digby Llovet-Dinning
United Kingdom 2018 Without dialogue 11’ Colour


  • Laurie Kynaston (Raf)
  • Mary Antony (Alice)
  • Henry Felix (Oscar)
  • Darren Siah (Joe)
  • Otamere Guobadia (TT)
  • Mahatma Michael (Club Host)
  • Emily Renée (Eva)
  • Selali Fiamanya (Isaac)
  • Nathan Ellis (Will)
  • Digby Llovet-Dinning (Raf (as a Child))


Written and Directed by Marco Alessi
Cinematography Will Baldy
Editing Jo Lewandowska
Music Tom Foskett-Barnes, Bobby Goulder
Sound Design Dan Pugsley
Sound Nick Olorenshaw
Choreography James Berkery
Production Design Rowan Wigley
Art Director Hannah Davis
Colourist Pete Oppersdorff
Costumes Lily O’Hara
Make-Up Serena Grace, Jonathon Luke Baker
Assistant Director Joe Starrs
Production Manager Tasie Kinsky
Producer Ksenia Harwood
Executive Producer Lizzie Pickering
Co-Producer Alex Darby

Produced by

Ksenia Harwood

Marco Alessi

Born in London, UK in 1994. His first short fiction film as a writer and director, Four Quartets, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and screened in the 2019 Berlinale Generation section where it received a Special Mention from the Youth Jury. toni_with_an_i was commissioned and produced by the BFI and the BBC. He is currently developing his first feature film, Campomarino.


2017 Look at Me; documentary · Look at Me; documentary · MIDWAY; documentary · MIDWAY; documentary 2018 Four Quartets; short film · Four Quartets; short film 2019 Pompeii; short film · toni_with_an_i; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020