Evelyn Reynolds has it all together. Beautiful, smart, independent, great career, great house….however, she is haunted by thoughts of a painful childhood. Watching as her brother walks in the same footsteps as their abusive father, Evelyn is forced to confront the monster that torments her, resulting in a showdown that proves beauty does arise from the ASHES.



The theme of the film is that beauty does come from the ashes. It’s dark, but the end is hopeful. It’s about overcoming. People can relate to it. We all go through difficult things. The type of art that I want to make is for those people to know they’re not alone.
— Lucie Gillespie . Director

Leah Ruff as Evelyn Reynolds

Leah Ruff as Evelyn Reynolds

When I first read the script for ‘Ashes’, I was floored. I instantly fell in love with Evelyn; not only for her tenacity, but for her love and compassion
— Leah Ruff

One day after class Lucie came up to me and asked; “How possible is it to burn an actual trailer down?. And that is how I was first introduced to the ‘Ashes’ project. A massively ambitious student film that showcased so much talent. The day I visited set I felt and witnessed a synergy between Lucie and Alex. They seemed to finish each others sentences in a cinematic kind of way.
— Douglas Shulze . President of The Motion Picture Institute