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Soft (2006)

A father rediscovers his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time.


Simon Ellis


Simon Ellis
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 17 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Jonny Phillips ... Iain
Matthew O'Shea Matthew O'Shea ... Scott
Michael Socha ... ASBO
Ashley Marshall Ashley Marshall ... Gang
Luke Kingston Luke Kingston ... Gang
David Harrison David Harrison ... Gang
Jess Buxton Jess Buxton ... Gang
Zara Hearnshaw Zara Hearnshaw ... Gang
Kiddus Salassie Kiddus Salassie ... Gang
Mark Devenport Mark Devenport ... Shopkeeper
Christine McSween Christine McSween ... Passing Woman (as Christine MacSween)
Phil Molloy Phil Molloy ... Neighbour
Jane Hooks Jane Hooks ... Neighbour


A man gets home from work, shouts some complaints at Scott, his teen son who's upstairs, and heads to a mini-mart for a pint of milk. There he's accosted, harassed, and jeered by six youths in hooded sweatshirts, and he's punched by their leader, a budding sociopath in white. Dad walks home. The gang trails about a block behind. At home, Scott confesses he was in a fight today but didn't hit back. His father tells him that he must defend himself, then does nothing when the gang arrives in front of their home and starts hollering and throwing things. Finally dad goes outside. Is that going to be it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

20 April 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Deilos See more »


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£50,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bub, Perfume Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Another great piece of work from Bub & The Team
29 June 2007 | by barringtonrobinsonSee all my reviews

As a long time contributor to the World of short film and as ever truly representing fine film making. Here is a piece that speaks not just from Nottingham but subtly highlights an epidemic throughout the country. For me it tackles masculinity in away that we do not see too often, there is no football, no boxing none of the usual props that are normally used to reflect what we are supposed to be as men. Simon uses contemporary methods realistic dialogue and performances to reflect what is happening today. The relationships that are shown are also very well played out, within the group of young (asbo) teens, between father and son, even the apathy of the shopkeeper. The fact that all the neighbours are too scared to get involved.

I have no doubt that Ellis & his team can transfer his storytelling ability to a longer form quite easily and i am looking forward to buying my ticket and taking my seat. But i do hope that he will keep his hand, even occasionally in the shorts arena to keep the bar at a level new filmmakers have to try and surpass.

From Telling Lies (the first film of his i saw) to Soft he has consistently got better and shown that there is more than one talented Film maker in Nottingham.

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