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20 April 2007 (UK) See more »
A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 17 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Jonny Phillips ... Iain
Matthew O'Shea ... Scott

Michael Socha ... 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

Directed by
Simon Ellis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Simon Ellis 

Produced by
Jane Hooks .... producer
Original Music by
Tom Bailey 
Cinematography by
Christopher Ross 
Film Editing by
Simon Ellis 
Production Design by
Prue Howard 
Makeup Department
Andy Seston .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Brand .... third assistant director
Tristan Goligher .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Matthias Schwab .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Battersby .... first assistant camera
James Chesterton .... camera trainee
Andy McBrearty .... gaffer
Ang Richards .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jo Mapp .... costumes
Editorial Department
Philipp Großmann .... digital intermediate supervisor
Other crew
Mary Kearns .... production coordinator
Tina Pawlik .... production coordinator

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UK:14 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Edited into Cinema16: World Short Films (2008) (V)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Vivid and truthful, 23 July 2007
Author: marinelad from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Previewing a number of short films for Sarajevo Film Festival I was amazed by this one. This mini social drama made me interested in other Ellis' works so I've spent some time exploring his home page. Beautiful photos, funny stories, plenty awards, bright young man...

In this brilliant 14-minute film Ellis shows father who's having a problem with raising his son the way he learns to fight for himself, father who is not able to confront, to stand up even for himself. Being attacked and humiliated by the same street gang, they are both scared. For a boy, it is natural to get terrified by older and violent kids, but father seems even more frightened. Since his father is too weak (soft), the boy takes the role/responsibility of an adult. So vivid and truthful, so excellent story, great actors and superb editing - I could barely name any weak point.

Cannot wait Ellis' first feature film!

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