There were 70 applicants for the 2019 Talkies’ short film commissions. It was tough to get the number to a shortlist of 11 to interview and even tougher to select our final four from such amazing talent.
We are delighted to announce the four successful recipients of the 2019 awards.
JOSH BOWER AND MATT YOUNG – THE RECORD DETECTIVE AGENCY
Matt & Josh met over an out-of-tune piano nearly a decade ago. An editor by trade, Josh runs Shoreditch based production company Ripple & Roll. Matt’s an experienced post-production co-ordinator by day, a swing-dancing portrait-painting virtuoso by night.
THE RECORD DETECTIVE AGENCY
Set in a skewed reality, The Record Detective Agency is a Faustian farce set in Palmers Green’s own record store of the same name.
HARDY SALEH – SHARING THE A105
Hardy is a London-based film director and creative freelancer. His passion for documentary and social justice has seen him work with organisations such as The Big Issue, St.Mungos and UpRising. His personal work is varied in scope producing observational works documenting the quieter details of urban life alongside more experimental pieces. It is his keen interest in the climate change issue and sustainability that led him to this project.
SHARING THE A105
….. is a documentary film project that aims to engage the local community concerning the recent changes to the A105 with the introduction of segregated cycle lanes along a length of the route.
Since the initiative was proposed there has been heated debate from both sides about the benefits and drawbacks of the scheme. This film will draw on the many perspectives of people in the community and invite them to ask each other their burning questions so that a common understanding can be reached.
SOPHIE ANSTELL – THE GIRL IN THE SHED or NO BODY TO GO WITH
Sophie is an artist and filmmaker with a professional background in set design. Her first narrative short, Funemployed, screened at festivals including London Short Film Festival and Encounters, was nominated for Best Production Design at Underwire Festival and was awarded Film of the Month by director Anna Biller on the Shooting People website.
THE GIRL IN THE SHED or NO BODY TO GO WITH
Desperate to make some normal friends, a lonely girl gets ready to attend her first ever party… But she has skeletons in her cupboard. Literally. The Girl in the Shed is a darkly comedic fairytale exploring FOMO* and anxiety.
*Fear Of Missing Out
BEN S. HYLAND & ADAM GREGORY SMITH – QUIET CARRIAGE
Ben and Adam are members of BAFTA Crew Film and TV, with achievements including winning the LaCie #Pushplay 2017 and acceptance onto Reykjavik Talent Lab. Their films have played at numerous festivals around the globe including BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica and Oscar qualifying Edmonton International and Athens International. Their current short, Safe Space, is on the festival circuit and has the backing of leading UK charity Unseen.
A comedy about a passive man with an overactive imagination. Derek must decide whether to intervene with a casual, commuting rule-breaker or live with a lifetime of regret. At least that’s what the voice in his head wants him to believe.