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John Maclean (writer)
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Liam (Liam Cunningham) and Michael (Michael Fassbender) are professional safe crackers who meet on a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
John Maclean 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Maclean  writer

Produced by
Liam Cunningham .... executive producer
Michael Fassbender .... executive producer
Rebecca Mark-Lawson .... executive producer
Conor McCaughan .... executive producer
Jo McClellan .... executive producer
Gerardine O'Flynn .... producer
Original Music by
Bryan Michael Mills (lead composer)
Cinematography by
Robbie Ryan 
Film Editing by
John Maclean 
Production Design by
Sarah Finlay 
Makeup Department
Julia Plant .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fiona Lamptey .... production manager: Film4
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sekani Doram .... third assistant director
Mark Fenn .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Gernot Fuhrmann .... sound editor
Gareth John .... sound recordist
Mark Paterson .... dubbing mixer
Visual Effects by
Luke Pendrell .... opening title sequence design
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Fisher .... steadicam operator
Bruno Martins .... gaffer
Louise Murphy .... assistant camera
Music Department
Hannah Dunnell .... music supervisor
Other crew
Francesca Currey .... production coordinator
Lucy Bright .... thanks
Timur Karamolla .... special thanks
Justin Trefgarne .... special thanks

Production Companies

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13 min
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Did You Know?

Second (out of three) Maclean project that features Michael Fassbender: "Man on a Motorcycle" (2009), "Pitch Black Heist" (2011), and "Slow West" (2015).See more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic short film!, 23 June 2012
Author: juliejlee42 from Toronto

I watched this at the CFC Worldwide Shorts in Toronto and it was easily the favourite film there. This film had a wonderful combination of comedy, drama, and brilliant tension. The plot and premise is really great, too.

The acting is fantastic. There's a great rapport between characters. The film uses only three actors, but it's not something you realise. It's really quite a budgeted film but they worked so well with it! The setting is also very tense and the use of B&W was very effective.

Finally, the twist at the end made an already great film even better. It's a great short film that needs to be rewatched several times, just to get the full effect.

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