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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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Not a brilliant short but has a great character dynamic at the core that made it engaging See more (6 total) »


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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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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not a brilliant short but has a great character dynamic at the core that made it engaging, 12 May 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Scott comes home and goes straight to his room, having been attacked by a group of yobs after school. Unaware of this his father pops out for a pint of milk and gets hassled by the same group, who then follow him home as he tries to avoid trouble. The father is halfway through telling his son to try and stand up for himself when he realises that the yobs are outside his door, forcing him to confront his own cowardice while his son looks on.

I've not always enjoyed Simon Ellis' films but as a "doer" he certainly deserves my attention and this film seemed topical and interesting thank to its base in the realm of asbo yobs and "happy slapping". However the reason I found the film interesting was not because of these topics but more because of the two lead characters, who the film is about. It is not brilliant but I found this aspect of the film tot be really well done and interesting in a sort of character driven film. The real story is the unspoken relationship that comes out very quickly between father and son as the cowardice (or common sense?) of the former becomes clear to the latter. It is interestingly done and made me think about the dynamics and the situation beyond the running time of the film.

As a narrative it could have done more but for my money it left the characters at the best place – with a lot of stuff visible in the their faces but not in their words. Credit to the actors then for producing so much of this film in their performances. The father (Philips) is easily the strongest and does justice to the character but the son (O'Shea) and "asbo" (Socha) are both strong. Ellis does well with the crane camera but also uses the mobile phone video feel to be in keeping with his story and provide some visual styling beyond the higher budget stuff (£50k being a big budget in this world) .

Not a perfect film then but it does produce a very interesting character dynamic that drew me in effortlessly and also got an impressive central turn from Phillips despite his rather unattractive character.

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