The Earth Belongs to No One

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The Earth Belongs To No One is a 2015 British short drama film directed, produced and written by film director Ani Laurie, and co-written with Greek Screenwriter Katerina Giannakou. The film is follows Jessy-May played by Jessica Barden; a volatile 15-year-old who must do everything in her power to protect her little sister, Sky played by Alana Boden . It was nominated for Best UK Short film at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival. It has been nominated for numerous awards, picking up picking up the Rising Star Performance Award on 8 January 2016 at London Film Festival. The Earth Belongs To No One received notable acclaim for Best storytelling nomination at Chicago International Film Festival, Special Mention for its almost – entirely dialogue free – storytelling.

The Earth Belongs To No One was director Ani Laurie's graduation short film at The National Film and Television School.


On her way back home from school, 14-year-old Sky is followed home by a gang, the rest is a blur. Her big sister Jessy-May takes matters into her own hands.


Filmed in the iconic estate, Park Hill Estate. A symbolic grade two listed building recognised for the major shift in newly gentrified British estates and social cleansing.


Ani Laurie is a writer/director graduate of The National Film & Television School. She was awarded the Toledo Scholarship in 2014 and 2015 by

Duncan Kenworthy, notable British producer and founder of Toledo Productions.


  • Jessica Barden as Jessy-Mary
  • Alana Boden as Sky
  • Stephan Chase as Farmer Joseph


Neorealism. Drama.

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The Earth Belongs To No One is a title inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau popular quote: ''..''You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody."[1]


  1. ^ "A quote from Discourse on the Origin of Inequality". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-05-14.

2. CineWomen Magazine ( 21 DEC 2015) "CineWomen: Ani Laurie Filmmaker Interview ".

3. Raindance Best UK Short Nomination 2015

4. London Short Film Festival 2016

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