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TITLE
Stutterer

GENRE
Short, Drama

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
United Kingdom & Ireland

DATE OF COMPLETION
July 2015

ASPECT RATIO
1.85:1 (DCP: 1998×1080)

RUNNING TIME
12 minutes (12:54 incl. credits)

LANGUAGE
English

SHOOTING FORMAT
Red Epic 5K

SCREENING FORMATS
DCP, Blu-ray, Quicktime, Pro-Res 422 HQ

Nominated Live Action Short – 88th Academy Awards 2016

Winner – SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR at the London Critics’ Film Awards
Winner – BEST FOREIGN FILM at LA Shorts Fest 2015
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at the DC Shorts Film Festival 2015
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD and JURY SPECIAL MENTION at OFFLine Film Festival 2015
Winner – SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the Savannah Film Festival 2015
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at Kerry Film Festival 2015
Winner – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM at Kerry Film Festival 2015
Winner – SECOND FICTION PRIZE at Fesancor Chile International Film Festival 2015
Winner – BEST ACTOR for Matthew Needham at Fesancor Chile International Film Festival 2015
Winner – BEST DRAMA at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015

Official Selection 2015:

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, UK (Sept)

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, (Sept)

Vancouver International Film Festival, CAN (Sept)

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA (Aug)

DC Shorts Film Festival (Washington DC), USA (Sept)

Galway International Film Fleadh, IRL (July)

Edmonton International Film Festival, CAN (Oct)

Savannah Film Festival, USA (Oct)

Heartland Film Festival, USA (Oct)

Leeds International Film Festival, UK (Nov)

London Short Film Festival, UK (Jan)

Aesthetica Film Festival, UK, (Nov)

Seminci: Valladollid Film Festival, ESP, (Oct)

Bend Film Festival, USA, (Oct)

Kerry Film Festival, IRL, (Oct)

Offline Film Festival, IRL, (Oct)

Tallgrass Film Festival, USA, (Oct)

Show Me Shorts Film Festival, NZL, (Nov)

Manchester Short Film Festival

Minimalen Short FIlm Festival

Irvine Festival

BENJAMIN CLEARY – WRITER/DIRECTOR

Benjamin is an Irish writer/director. In 2011 he completed a Screenwriting MA at the London Film School. He chose a screenwriting MA to learn as much as possible about storytelling before beginning to direct. In 2012 he won the BlueCat short screenplay competition in Los Angeles. Two short screenplays of his have been awarded RTE/ Filmbase funding in Ireland. Ben’s animation script The Great Fall was awarded the Irish Film Board Frameworks funding. It tells the story of a young raindrop’s first fall to earth. Stutterer is the first film he has directed.

 

SHAN CHRISTOPHER OGILVIE – PRODUCER

Shan’s life can be divided into stages – before and after Stalker. After picking his jaw up off the floor his course was set – he studied film at University of Westminster, has made over 15 shorts in a variety of roles, filmed concerts and live events, has worked in Television on shows such as Come Dine with Me and Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, and now directs brand videos for the likes of Vodafone, Citibank and O2. Most recently he’s shot a documentary for Channel 5 on the Moors Murderer Ian Brady, and founded Bare Golly Films with the intention of bringing to life simple, compelling stories, that get to the heart of the shared human experience.

 

SERENA ARMITAGE – PRODUCER

Serena Armitage has been in television production for nearly a decade. She spent three years editing trailers for ITV, and is now an experienced Producer and Director of programmes for ITV, BBC and Channel 4 including Come Dine With Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and the BAFTA nominated Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs. She’s drawn to powerful stories and great characters – whatever the genre.

 

MICHAEL PALEODIMOS – CINEMATOGRAPHER

Scientist turned photographer – Michael started shooting stills for magazines like Esquire, Wired, Vogue and Cosmopolitan before heading over to Pulse Films London as a production assistant. Michael moved towards film and now shoots beautiful fashion videos, shorts and commercials.

 

NICO CASAL – COMPOSER

Nico is a London based pianist and film composer who is currently working on the music of his fourth feature film, a Spanish production called “María y los demás” starring Barbara Lennie, who won the Goya Award for Best Actress last year. Nico has recently composed the music for HSBC ́s latest Global campaign which was a finalist at Music and Sound Awards UK 2015 for Best Original Composition in Broadcast Advertising. He has also composed music for Discovery Channel, British Airways, Adidas and Vogue Japan among others. Nico won the award for Best Music in Promotion at the 8th Jerry Goldsmith Awards (June 2013) with the video “MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa“

 

 

GUSTAF JACKSON – SOUND EDITOR

Gustaf began working in the live music industry – working at festivals in the UK as well as private events. He then moved into the studio, working with songwriters and artists in London. A few years later he made the jump to audio post production and now works as a Freelance Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer. He works on feature and short films as well as cinema and broadcast trailers, TV documentary, radio and online projects. Please visit www.gustafjackson.com

 

JAMES LATIMER – FOLEY ARTIST

James Latimer is an audio professional, music composer and instrumentalist. James is a passionate musician, composing music and creating sound design for Film, Games and Television with custom developed hardware. James was educated in London but is now based in Dublin. His previous work includes sound design and original compositions for NBA, Southbank Centre, Harvey Nicholls, Unilever, Mayor of London.

 

FRANCESCA TURNER – COSTUME DESIGNER

Francesca is a freelance stylist and costume designer hailing from the North of England but now based in London. Following her study abroad in Paris and Helsinki, Francesca worked at independent fashion publication Wonderland, where she assisted Grace Cobb and became Fashion Editor of sister publication Rollacoaster. After some time as Junior Fashion Editor of Wonderland, Francesca left to pursue freelance interests in fashion and film, and is now a regular contributor to US publication Flaunt, NOWNESS and Grit.

MATTHEW NEEDHAM as GREENWOOD

Matthew Needham’s early appearance in Casualty as Toby De Silva made him a familiar presence on British television. He left Casualty in 2009 but returned to television in 2010 to play Bezza in Sherlock and again in 2011 as David Foster in Monroe Matthew graduated from LAMDA in 2007. He has performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. His performance in Brittanicus at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2011 earned him an Ian Charleson Nomination. Last year Matthew played Rafe in a very successful production at the Globe in The Knight of the Burning Pestle written by Francis Beaumont.

 

CHLOE PIRRIE as ELLIE

Edinburgh-born Chloe Pirrie’s stunning performance in the film Shell led to her being nominated for Best British Newcomer at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival. She went on to win Most Promising Newcomer from BIFA in 2013. Chloe was one of 17 actors to win a place on the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2013 initiative for her performance in Shell. She was also selected as one of the 2013 Class of Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow. The Guild Hall graduate has continued to work non- stop. She has a major role in the BBC Drama The Game and took a starring role in the indie feature Burn Burn Burn. 2015 will be another pivotal year for Chloe after her performance in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

ERIC RICHARD as GREENWOOD’S DAD

ERIC RICHARD has been an actor for over forty years. His early stage credits include work for the Royal Court, The Sheffield Crucible, Stratford East, The Bush and he was a founder member of Paines Plough. More recent stage work includes The Weir (Basingstoke), Lark Rise To Candleford (UK Tour), Diary Of A Football Nobody (Nottingham Playhouse) and Loot (UK Tour) and Coolatully (Finborough). Eric’s film work includes appearances in Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears), Home Sweet Home (Mike Leigh) and Made In Britain (Alan Clarke) and, on television, he played Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill for twenty years.

 

CALUM SIVYER as STUDENT

Calum Sivyer trained at Redroofs Theatre School for seven years before moving onto Tech Music School in Fulham Broadway London to study a three year Degree in music. Throughout school and university Calum has maintained a career in both TV and film. In 2012 he had a role in the award winning feature Unfinished Song. His television credits to date include Casualty and Doctors. He is currently composing his own music, working with several music publishers and signed artists as well as continuing his career in the performing arts.

               

 

LOGLINE

A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear. A roller-coaster ride of joy, doubt and romance in the digital age.

SYNOPSIS

Greenwood has a cruel speech impediment but his inner voice is eloquent and witty. He lives and works alone and avoids speaking at all costs. Apart from his ageing father, Greenwood has only one connection to the external world in the form of an online relationship with a girl called Ellie. Every night, often for hours at a time, they exchange messages together. On the eve of their six-month anniversary, Ellie messages Greenwood with the surprise news that she has travelled all the way to London for a few days. She asks him if he would he like to take things “offline” and meet in person for the first time. Greenwood is suddenly facing a truly daunting proposition with everything at stake.

 

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