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Cashback (2004)

Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night?

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Sean Ellis

Writer:

Sean Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sean Biggerstaff ... Ben
Emilia Fox ... Sharon
Stuart Goodwin ... Jenkins
Michael Dixon ... Barry
Michael Lambourne Michael Lambourne ... Matt
Hatti Riemer Hatti Riemer ... Old Lady
Frank Hesketh Frank Hesketh ... Young Ben
Irene Bagach Irene Bagach ... Frozen Girl 1
Christine Fuller Christine Fuller ... Frozen Girl 2
Celesta Hodge ... Deer Girl
Kinvara Balfour Kinvara Balfour ... Shampoo Girl 1
Cherie Nichole ... Shampoo Girl 2 (as Cherie Nichole Bradley)
Hayley-Marie Coppin Hayley-Marie Coppin ... Swedish Student
Daphne Guinness Daphne Guinness ... Checkout Counter Woman
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Storyline

Ben Willis is an art student who works the night shift several times a week at the Whitechapel Sainsbury's. He's clear about the arrangement: he trades his time for money - cashback, as he calls it. We meet his co-workers, Sharon, Barry, and Matt, and their supervisor, Jenkins. Ben's colleagues are good at wasting time, but Ben talks to us about how he makes his shift go faster: by imagining that time has stopped. We see this late-night world of drudgery through Ben's eyes, as time does indeed stop, and he can get out his sketch book. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You give 8 hours...They give you money.

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Short | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

£30,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The shampoo bottles Barry and Matt use to "help the ladies" are actually a real brand of shampoo and hair products by Umberto Giannini. See more »

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Featured in 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Bolero
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (as Orchestre Suisse Romand)
Conductor Ernest Ansermet
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Cashback, a short film, long on imagination and wit.
16 June 2004 | by blaisedouglasSee all my reviews

Cashback is a gem of a short film. It has a unique visual aesthetic laced with a wicked sense of humour. Sean Ellis gets beautiful performances from his actors, played out beneath the life sapping neon of this enclosed world, brilliantly creating the boredom of the lives of the nightshift workers in a 24 hour supermarket. We're sucked into their twilight existence and treated to the surreal, bizarre and comic; as the characters each find their way to make it through the graveyard shift.

It makes you laugh and makes you think.You'll never look at a store worker the same way again. It's a short film, long on wit and imagination.


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