A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 17 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

New Boy I (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

Director: Steph Green
Stars: Olutunji Ebun-Cole, Simon O'Driscoll, Fionn O'Shea
The Confession IV (2010)
Short | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Quiet and sincere 9-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession. His conscience is clear, therefore he cannot hope for any relief from the experience. He and his friend Jacob ... See full summary »

Director: Tanel Toom
Stars: Lewis Howlett, Joe Eales, James Simmons
Broken Things (2002)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young boy's love for the piano offers escape from his parents disintegrating marriage and the bullies at school.

Director: Vincent Lambe
Stars: Diarmuid Noyes, Eamonn Hunt, Bernadette McKenna
The Shore (2011)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Joe and Paddy, whose childhood friendship is shattered by the troubles in Northern Ireland. Twenty five years later they are reunited.

Director: Terry George
Stars: Anthony Brophy, Conleth Hill, Packy Lee
Asad (2012)
Short | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.

Director: Bryan Buckley
Stars: Harun Mohammed, Ibrahim Moallim Hussein, Ali Mohammed
Buzkashi Boys (2012)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of ... See full summary »

Director: Sam French
Stars: Fawad Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz, Wali Talash
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Live Action category for 2013.

Toyland (2007)
Short | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

1942: what happens when a German kid believes that his Jewish neighbors are going to Toyland? A story about lies and guilt.

Director: Jochen Alexander Freydank
Stars: Julia Jäger, Cedric Eich, Tamay Bulut Özvatan
Henry III (2011)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of this life, Maria, disappears mysteriously. He'll then discover the inevitable verdict of life.

Director: Yan England
Stars: Gérard Poirier, Marie Tifo, Hubert Lemire
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A prying neighbor, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta make up the welcome wagon. Set amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Back
Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Corrigan, Liane Balaban
35 Aside (1996)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Damien O'Donnell
Stars: James Mahon, Maria Hayden, Moira Deady
Noreen (2010)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two guards are headed to a house where there has been a shot due to a statement of a neighbour who called the police. What can possibly happen there? The most unexpected!

Director: Domhnall Gleeson
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Gerard Byrne
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Iain
Matthew O'Shea ...
Scott
...
ASBO
Ashley Marshall ...
Gang
Luke Kingston ...
Gang
David Harrison ...
Gang
Jess Buxton ...
Gang
Zara Hearnshaw ...
Gang
Kiddus Salassie ...
Gang
Mark Devenport ...
Shopkeeper
Christine McSween ...
Passing Woman (as Christine MacSween)
Phil Molloy ...
Neighbour
Jane Hooks ...
Neighbour
Edit

Storyline

A man gets home from work, shouts some complaints at Scott, his teen son who's upstairs, and heads to a mini-mart for a pint of milk. There he's accosted, harassed, and jeered by six youths in hooded sweatshirts, and he's punched by their leader, a budding sociopath in white. Dad walks home. The gang trails about a block behind. At home, Scott confesses he was in a fight today but didn't hit back. His father tells him that he must defend himself, then does nothing when the gang arrives in front of their home and starts hollering and throwing things. Finally dad goes outside. Is that going to be it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deilos  »

Box Office

Budget:

£50,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited into Cinema16: World Short Films (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Outstanding Short Film!
26 June 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this film at the Worldwide Short Film Festival (WWSFF) 2007, in Toronto, Canada. I had been generally unimpressed with many of the films in the programme. Some were mediocre, bad, and some were quite good. HOWEVER, no film blew me away like SOFT did. I had never in my life witnessed an audience so enraptured in a film before - to vocally cheer for the characters, and feel such strong emotions.

SOFT won "Best Live Action Short" at the WWSFF, and well deserved! Simon developed the characters extremely well by using tension and raising the stakes (which was defined by subtle choices the characters made). I cannot stress how smart this film was. The film was cinematically beautiful, with interesting visual choices to play with conventional cinema. Most of all, the acting really was superb because of how realistic the dialogue and character choices were.

This is a film I would recommend to anyone who wants to see a short film that can evoke powerful emotions. Those who watch a lot films will appreciate films that make a lasting impression on you. Well, SOFT is one short film that you won't forget.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Powerful Film IanOnline
Discuss Soft (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?