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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 »

Also Known As:

Visszajáró pénz See more »

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Budget:

£30,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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

Sonata in C-Sharp Minor. Op. 27, NO.2 (Moonlight Sonata)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Wayne Wilkins
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Art in Motion
10 December 2005 | by wlazarouSee all my reviews

When I first watched this movie I couldn't get past the nudity enough to see the art. I watched it again and started to see that the nudes were so perfect they were more like mannequins than anything else. How can a movie about night-fill at a supermarket possibly be any good? Add Sean Biggerstaff , humour, and an outstanding writer/director such as Sean Ellis, and you get the perfect mix. Sean Ellis, in his first attempt at movie making, takes you on a journey that perfectly mixes art ( nudity, lighting, Ben's drawings), with humour. One can easily see that Sean Ellis has a great career ahead of him. One can only hope for more like him still to come! The amount of detail put into such a short amount of time certainly makes the film worthy of all the awards it has received at various festivals. The new one is now finished and ready for distribution. I'm looking forward to seeing the full length film now!


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