A scientist and a broken spirited soldier discover that plant life has begun to grow again after spending years living in an underground settlement dying of radiation poisoning.








Credited cast:
Josh Reeve ...
Steve McCarten ...
Josh Probert ...
Claudia Granger ...
Nick Thomas-Webster ...
Old man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Berry ...
Rich Man
Drew Cozens ...
Police Officer
Scott Craig ...
Dan Crocker ...
Aggressive Rioter
Vicky K. Foster ...
Begging Woman
Matt Gibson ...
Police Officer
Nat Hawley ...
Angry Rioter
Lewis Jenkins ...
Young Rioter
Seth Thomas Marron ...
Armed Rioter


A scientist and a broken spirited soldier discover that plant life has begun to grow again after spending years living in an underground settlement dying of radiation poisoning.

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The world ended but the signal never did


Short | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

7 January 2012 (UK)  »

Box Office


£50 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Passable Idea Badly Executed
3 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Recently I've become involved in a production of a short film . What this means is that I've appreciated how difficult it is to make a short film especially when you've no budget . Things happen that you can't predict , you're let down , you can't get locations etc . So congratulations are in order to Luke Tedder who in the space of three years has written , produced ,directed and edited several short films one of which is TOXICITY

Honesty is a virtue but not when it's standing alongside forgiveness and I'm afraid I'm going to be more honest than forgiving . It's easy to forgive something due to the budget but not if clumsy errors in production and writing lead to gigantic plot holes you can drive a space rocket through

TOXICITY could possibly be taking place in a parallel universe where geo-politics are somewhat different and that space travel is routine . What isn't so easy to overlook is the opening sequence where soldiers have hairstyles that are decidedly unmilitary . This is an irritant but is quickly forgotten compared to other clumsy internal logic and continuity

After the Nuclear war that sets up the story Ben spends 15 years in a bunker yet doesn't age a day . Likewise the person in charge of the bunker can't be more than being in his early thirties . So he was a teenager when he went in to the bunker and now rules the roost ? Surely there'd be many more people in line of superiority before him ? Is it logical to assume that the bunker would have enough food for this period ? What is most unlikely is that one character is seen smoking and I find it impossible that a nuclear bunker has 15 years supply of ciggies

There's a good idea in there somewhere but it's ruined in the execution of the scenario . One is more than willing to overlook the lack of budget and respect to Luke Tedder for making a 40 minute short film on a micro budget but TOXICITY shows a serious lack of development in its execution where everything seems ill thought out . Perhaps Luke should try and have a long think about what aspect of film making appeals to him most and concentrate on that because this short indicates he's got his fingers in too many pies

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