Counselling

The Edwards were happily married. When their marriage hit a rough patch, they sought advice. Now they hate each other. So, in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they kidnap their marriage counsellor.

Produced with a grant awarded by bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), a division of Bell Media Inc.

Creative team

Writer/director: Geordie Sabbagh
Producer: Jordan Gross

Filmmaker’s statement

Geordie Sabbagh says:

“In this film, the underlying theme that I wanted to explore is the effect that easily accessible advice has on us. Last year, I found myself out of breath a lot. After a quick internet search and speaking with friends, I thought I had a heart condition possibly due to asthma combined with mild anxiety attacks.

After many sleepless nights contemplating my life, thinking about my bucket list and finally a trip to the doctor, it turned out I just needed to exercise more. How many times have each of us have listened to someone’s advice? How many times has it made things worse? In today’s world, advice on anything and everything has never been more accessible so even the smallest things can quickly turn your brain upside down and have you rewriting your will.

I find this especially true when it comes to relationships.

If I were to believe everything I heard or read, my inability to understand my wife’s shoe collection would mean that I am not understanding or listening to her wants and needs and that divorce is just around the corner. I just thought she didn’t need a different pair of shoes for every outfit.

The Edwards’ main problem is that they are a couple that has lost the ability to think for themselves in every area of their lives. They follow every trend, keep up with every style and, when it came to their marriage, listen to everything and everyone except each other.

Making this film was a wonderful experience. It was my first short as a writer/director and I received amazing support from bravoFACT and from producer Jordan Gross. Natalie, John and Michael not only did an amazing job of bringing the story to life, but also put up with my copious amount of backstory notes!

The crew, including DOP Daniel Grant, and editor Katie Chipperfield all stepped up to make this film even better than I ever dreamed of. What more could someone ask for?”

About Geordie Sabbagh

Geordie-Sabbagh

Geordie Sabbagh has worked in all mediums of entertainment including film, TV, radio and new media for some of the most prestigious and innovative companies in the world, such as the BBC and Creative Differences.

Counselling has played at a number of festivals including LA Shorts and Houston where it won a Remi Award. It was also named one of the top 10 shorts by Daazo, one of Europe’s largest short film communities.

Geordie is set to direct another short called The Proposal in summer 2013 and is writing his first feature A Sunday Kind of Love.

Over the past two years he has produced two features: Clean Break, currently in post-production; and Old Stock which is coming to theatres this May.

Geordie is currently in development on two comedies: Almost Criminal with producer Michel Shane (I, Robot, Catch Me if You Can) and Two Guys who Sold the World. He was recently selected for the 2013 Berlin Talent Lab, as well as the Berlin Project Market. At Berlin, he won the 10,000€ VFF Pitch Prize.

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