Passing Through


Writer and director

Carefree retired teacher Tom and his new partner Iona have run away to start a new life together in the South of France, but when Tom’s estranged son shows up unannounced with his girlfriend Adele, the past begins to catch up with them. Adele, who was raised in a cult where she was both worshipped and abused, allows her own emotional sacrifices to become the catalyst for others to heal.

My first feature film as writer and director and the biggest adventure of my life so far. After years of writing and planning, we began shooting in the town of Agde in the South of France in August 2019, with a stunningly talented team assembled by Chicago-based producers PY Films, an ensemble cast led by Mark Little, and the support of the local gypsy community, without whom we’d never have pulled it off.

Passing Through screened at festivals around the UK in 2023 and will be released in 2024.



Brenda Blethyn

Citation for Best First-Time Director Award at the Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival 2023

Passing Through by David Walter Hall is beautifully shot. The setting is the South of France: carefree, happy, sunny but with the unexpected arrival of an estranged son, we’re suddenly plunged into the mysteries and conflicts of the past. Why did he turn up out of the blue and with a girlfriend with as many secrets of her own? I cared about each character with varying degrees of sympathy. I even forgave the annoying visitor from Australia. The performances, led by Mark Little, are faultless and the beautifully nuanced direction from David Walter Hall, who also wrote the screenplay, is really impressive. There’s a great soundtrack too from Jonny Phillips.

The film that ticked all the boxes for me was Passing Through by David Walter Hall.