Little Stranger Films | Independent Film Production
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Little Stranger Films

An independent film production company working in documentaries, video ethnography and all things in between.

  • ‘Lawyers’ is selected as one of the projects supported by Chicken and Egg Pictures’ Accelerator Lab!

    2015 was an exciting year for the 'Lawyers' team! We received the great news that the film was selected to be part of Chicken and Egg's Accelerator Lab.

    'The Accelerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting a diverse group of women non-fiction directors who are first and second-time filmmakers. This program brings together five first-time and five second-time filmmakers, with a special focus on underrepresented voices.'

    You can see that we are in great company and are very excited about working with the great folks at Chicken and Egg Pictures.

    First assignment: February workshop in New York with other filmmakers to develop our stories. We'll be posting more on the workshops so watch this space!

  • Lawyers is Selected for MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc Fest!

    We are proud to announce that we have been chosen as one of the 65 projects from 19 countries worldwide for the MeetMarket where we will be meeting and marketing out Lawyers.
    "Covering the wide spectrum of factual media, these projects thrilled us with their innovative and progressive take on documentary storytelling."
  • Love Hotel on BBC iPlayer

    Love Hotel co-directed by Hikaru is on BBC iPlayer! Unfortunately only available in the UK.

    BBC FOUR Storyville

    BBC Four Storyville

  • Lawyers Production Starts

    Lawyers production starts in Osaka!

  • Lawyers Wins Best Pitch Award

    Lawyers wins Best Pitch Award at Tokyo Docs. 


  • Making of the Love Hotel

    Making of the Love Hotel on i-D.

    i-D Love Hotel


Fumi and Kazu are life partners, both professionally and privately: they run the first and only law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple.

Lawyers is a feature documentary following the two lawyers as they fight to promote minority rights in the conformist society where being different means you are socially and institutionally excluded.

Kazu and Fumi represent people who dare to be the ‘nails that stick out’. They live on the edge of the mainstream, forced to be invisible yet fighting to be heard. Their caseload represents the contemporary Japanese context for the universal themes of justice, equal rights and love.

The film is in production with the support of BBC and NHK.

Lawyers Team

Director Hikaru Toda is a self-shooting Director/Editor based in London and Osaka working in broadcast, viral and independent documentaries, producing long and short format films for BBC, NHK, Guardian Media and international NGOs. Co-directed Love Hotel (2014) which was broadcast on BBC4 Storyville, France 2, ABC and shown in international festivals including Hot Docs International Film Festival, Melbourne International Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and CNEX Film Festival Taiwan among many others.

Producer Elhum Shakerifar’s credits include award-winning feature documentaries The Reluctant Revolutionary (2012, Sean McAllister) and The Runner (2013, Saeed Taji Farouky). Her films have screened in festivals including Berlin, IDFA, Hot Docs and Traverse Film Festival, and broadcast internationally on BBC, NHK, CBC, NRK and SVT amongst others. She is also a research fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Postcode Films

Co-Producer Estelle Robin You of the French company Les Films du Balibari is based in Nantes. Her productions have been selected in festivals worldwide including Visions du Réel – Nyon, Planet Doc Review – Warsaw, Cinéma du Réel – Paris, Dei Popoli – Florence, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, Toronto and New Horizons – Wroclaw. In 2010, she was also nominated for the Procirep Best Producer award. Les Films Du Balibari

DoP Jason Brooks is a London-based cinematographer and camera operator specialising in documentary work in unfamiliar cultural contexts. Having trained in visual anthropology at Princeton University and Goldsmiths College, he has worked on several feature-length documentaries including Peace Vs. Justice (Klaartje Quirijns, 2012, Uganda); Addicted in Afghanistan (Jawed Taiman, 2009, Kabul); Uspomene 677 (2011, Mirko Pincelli, Bosnia) and; The Mouse That Roared (Judith Ehrlich, In Production, Iceland). Opticalism

Lawyers Contact

Director: Hikaru Toda |

Producer: Elhum Shakerifar |