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Chloe's first job is nanny for the Grayson family. Taking the burden of household chores, her primary responsibility is to make sure 6 year old Daniella is neither harmed nor neglected by ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniella Grayson / Baby Daniella 2
Thomas Elliott ...
Scott Grayson
Lauren Grayson
Hospital porter (as JP Marston)
Sarah Cooper ...
Jamarie Gilmartin ...
Gina Sibley ...
Grace Cochran ...
Young Patient
Julie Cochran ...
Stephanie Scism ...
Young Patient
Merrill Hutchinson ...
Lisa Smith ...
Katie Rice ...


Chloe's first job is nanny for the Grayson family. Taking the burden of household chores, her primary responsibility is to make sure 6 year old Daniella is neither harmed nor neglected by her alcoholic mother, Lauren Grayson. Chloe's position as carer becomes more challenging as each day passes. She is struggling to help Daniella overcome the feelings of neglect in a relationship that is becoming more and more strained. Chloe has come at a crucial time. She can now provide a loving atmosphere that has long been missing in the Grayson home filling the role of Daniella's friend, teacher and mother. Chloe's very aware she is now responsible for making sure Daniella has a good life and she will do everything she can to keep Daniella from harm. Chloe confides in the only person she can trust, her employer, Scott Grayson. Scott's struggle to keep his family together has been taking its toll. Outwardly he retains an appearance of being able to cope, but he is tormented by the knowledge his ... Written by Thomas Elliott

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'Ashtide' is a dramatic short film about a young nanny looking after a family being torn apart by alcoholism.


Short | Drama

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11 June 2006 (USA)  »

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$15,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The name of the film, Ashtide, comes from a poem, the beginning of the poem can be heard at the start of the film. See more »

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Thought provoking and well made
31 January 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short independent film is exceptional and would be great to show a psychology class or to Al-A-Non attendees (this is a support organization for people who have alcoholics in the family). It's the sad tale of a family that is being torn apart by a mother's alcoholism--though her husband won't admit the problem is as serious as it is. While their child is not safe with her (necessitating a nanny) and the wife actually ends up stabbing her husband (not seriously--but serious enough), the man STILL won't acknowledge that it's time for him and his child to make the break or do something to force the wife into treatment. As a result of this denial, eventually tragedy strikes.

The film gets very high marks for not telegraphing what will happen next and for not giving us the answers. So much of the film is left unsaid--making it a great film to use to generate discussions with the viewers. In fact, the film ends with several plot points unanswered--and for a film like this, that is a very good thing.

Overall, an exceptional film. While the acting and technical merits aren't perfect, considering that it's an independent short featuring many inexperienced people, it actually is very, very good. In fact, the future for everyone concerned looks bright if they can produce a film this good with only limited resources. A must-see for anyone struggling with addiction in the family or with friends.

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