Toni has a hard time at school; she doesn’t fit in. She is a big fan of music and a video blogger. Her speciality is making eccentric lip-sync covers of her favourite song. But her euphoric online persona leads to many nasty comments in her real life. When she finally gathers up the courage to dance in front of a live audience, the lovehearts realign the shitstorm.
by Marco Alessi
with Maddie Holliday, Mary Antony, Mya Pennicott, Gabriella Virgilio, Elin Hughes, Benedict Morrison
United Kingdom 2019 English 12’ Colour recommendation: 11 years and up


  • Maddie Holliday (Toni)
  • Mary Antony (Ms Tunstall)
  • Mya Pennicott (Esme)
  • Gabriella Virgilio (Michelle)
  • Elin Hughes (Voice of August)
  • Benedict Morrison (Voice of MP)


DirectorMarco Alessi
ScreenplayMary Antony, Marco Alessi
CinematographyDavid Pimm
EditingJo Lewandowska
MusicTom Foskett-Barnes
Sound DesignChas Langston
SoundOllie Drummond
Production DesignRowan Wigley
CostumesSian O'Donnell
Make-UpSerena Grace
Assistant DirectorJoe Starrs
CastingKristina Erdely
Production ManagerRosa Course
ProducerKsenia Harwood
Executive ProducersRachelle Constant, Evan Leighton-Davis, Justin Berns

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