Written and Directed by Simon Ellis


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When a father and son are independently terrorised by the same gang of youths, Dad is forced to deal with fears that he hasn’t had to face since leaving school, rediscovering his fear of confrontation at the worst possible time.

International Jury Prize (Sundance Film Festival)
Best of the Fest (Palm Springs International Short Film Festival)
Best Short Film (British Independent Film Awards)
Prix UIP (Edinburgh International Film Festival)
Nomination: European Academy Awards / Best Short Film (Berlin)
Nomination: BAFTA / Best Short Film (London)
Disqualification: Academy Awards (No joke)
Best Live-action Short (Toronto Worldwide Film Festival / Canada)
Best Film (Interfilm International Short Film Festival / Berlin, Germany)
Best British Short (Encounters International Short Film Festival / Bristol, UK)
Audience Award (Hamburg International Short Film Festival / Germany)
Best Short Fiction (Message to Man Film Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia)
Best Short Film (International Festival Cinéma tout Ecran / Geneva, Switzerland)
Best Short Fiction (DaKino International Film Festival / Bucharest, Romania)
Best Drama (NYC Shorts / New York City, USA)
Best Direction (Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival / Italy)
Best Direction (Ourense International Film Festival / Spain)
Best International Short (Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival / Brazil)
Best Screenplay (European Short Film Biennale / Ludwigsburg, Germany)
Best International Fiction (Concorto Film Festival / Italy)
Best International Film (Imago International Film Festival / Fundão, Portugal)
Best European Short Film (European Short Film Festival / Cambrils & Reus, Spain)
Best Fiction Short (Cortopotere Short Film Festival / Bergamo, Italy)
Audience Choice (DC Shorts Film Festival / Washington, USA)
Best Editing (Manhattan Short Film Festival / New York, USA)
Best Film (Colchester International Short Film Festival / UK)
Students Jury Award (Milano Film Festival)
Audience Award (Filmstock International Film Festival / Luton, UK)
Young Jury Award (Festival Tous Courts / Aix-en-Provence, France)
Teenage Jury Award (London Short Film Festival / UK)
Special Jury Prize (Flickerfest International Short Film Festival / Sydney, Australia)
Grand Prize (The Indie Shorts Competition / Fort Lauderdale FL, USA)
BAFTA/L.A (Cinequest Film Festival / California, USA)
Best Cinematography (Kodak Short Film Awards / London)
Special Mention (Hamburg International Short Film Festival / Germany)
Special Mention (Dokufest / Prizren, Kosovo)
Special Mention (Tofifest International Film Festival / Torun, Poland)
Special Mention (Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche / Germany)
Special Mention (Cleveland International Film Festival / USA)
Special Mention (In the Palace International Short Film Festival / Balchik, Bulgaria)

Featured on the DVD ‘Cinema 16: World Short Films’

“When it was over I was lying on the sofa with a cushion on my face, whimpering in fear and paranoia. Ingenious and harrowing… left me reeling”
(Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

“A sucker-punch of a film that grabs the viewer’s attention from the first frame and never lets go. Being topical and provocative are marks of a great short film but this is a movie you can’t take your eyes off”
(Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2007)

“A frighteningly realistic take on violence that deftly blends emotional complexity with a keen understanding of the darker side of youth culture”
(Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, USA 2007)

“A powerful, dramatic short about a subject that all of us know in one form or another”
(Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Toronto 2007)

“A powerful piece of film summing up the UK zeitgeist of hoodies, happy-slapping and gang culture, while giving us a truthful character-driven drama of a son’s disappointment with his Father”
(Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany 2007)

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