Haunted by visions of chasing rioters, a junior banker tries to make it safely to the central business district for his first day at work, but little does he know the greatest danger facing him is not from the rioters.


Elcid Asaei


Elcid Asaei (co-writer), Kevin Pacey (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Phoenix ... Adam / the Man
Stephen T Box ... Jack / the Manager
Ruggero Dalla Santa ... Robin / Anonymous Hoodie
Alesya Orlova Alesya Orlova ... Christine / Banker #1
Daniel Craze ... James / Banker #2
Ines Boughanmi ... Sirine / Banker #3
Lamin Tamba ... Timothy / Banker #4
Leslie Aitkins Leslie Aitkins ... Tristan / Banker #5
Lexi Wolfe Lexi Wolfe ... Julia / Banker #6
Luke Marshall Luke Marshall ... Darius / Banker #7
Marta Dobrowolska Marta Dobrowolska ... Anna / Banker #8
Mat Glessing Mat Glessing ... Axel / Banker #9
Morris Minelli Morris Minelli ... Benjamin / Banker #10
Serafina Salvador Serafina Salvador ... Erica / Banker #11
Simon Willshire Simon Willshire ... Jamie / Banker #12


As the financial headquarters of London slowly awakens to another day of business as usual, not so far away a nervous junior banker experiences nightmarish visions of rioters and looting across the city, before leaving his flat to make his first journey to work at a major investment bank. Yet, in the surreal calm of the financial district, unbeknown to him the greatest danger he faces is not from the rioters, but the corruption of his individuality in the corporate bubble. Here, as differences between him and the perceived rioters blur, he faces a choice to resist or succumb to the very same desires that the looters share: adrenaline, greed, and power at the expense of others. Written by Elcid Asaei

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In a city savaged by riots, the real criminals get away with it.


Short | Action | Drama | Music


Did You Know?


A significant motif in Piranha is the bronze bull seen at a certain point in the film. The inclusion of this statue is partly based on 'Boi de Piranha', a popular Brazilian folk tale where in order for villagers to safely cross Piranha-infested rivers, they must sacrifice their bull by sending it into the waters first. Once the Piranhas are fully fed, the villagers cross safely, but without their bull in tow. In both ancient and modern cultures, the bull stands as a symbol of strength, fertility and youth, and where the financial market is concerned it is a popular landmark of Wall Street, so the significance of the beast as cannon fodder in a pool of carnivorous fish is a key motif of financial misadventure, irresponsibility and short-term gain, in the film. See more »

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Intriguing and visually stunning short film
4 January 2015 | by markj_sepiafilmsSee all my reviews

From the opening skyscraper shots of London, you can get a sense that PIRANHA is a short film worthy of your attention.

With the bold use of shooting black and white, director Elcid Asaei directs confidently with a visual flare that separates this film from most others that you'll find on the festival circuit.

The film builds an eerie sense of dread throughout it's short running time, with our main character being chased through the deserted city streets.

With an industrial sound design and most of the film being completely silent, one is reminded of Lynch's Eraserhead. Strong praise indeed, but praise that is worthy.

Looking forward to what this young filmmaker has to offer in the future.

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Release Date:

6 August 2014 (UK) See more »


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GBP7,158 (estimated)
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