Award-winning Short Narrative Film: The Penny Dropped (2016)

A supernatural short film

The enigmatic Being played by Abigail Thaw. Photo by Paul Walker

The Trailer

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It is behind a password to maintain qualification for film festivals who prefer that entries are not readily available on the web.

We receive so many submissions, you have to have high marks just to place. In your case, your film received high marks for direction, cinematography, and performance. Award of Merit given by The One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2017

Recognising John Wood’s brilliant sound design.

Latest film festival and showcase selection news:

August 2018:

Selected for a UK film festival but info is embargoed till the official announcement around 22 August.

Semi-finalist in Directed by Women – NYC-Shorts of All Sorts

Selected for the Women in Horror Film Festival in Peachtree City near Atlanta, Georgia, USA with screening 5 October at 515 in the Thriller programme (also nominated for Best Thriller).

Selected for the SpookScreen Festival in Cork, Ireland with a screening during the festival 6 -9 September.

Selected for the Portobello Film Festival with a screening on 5 September in London.

June 2018: Selected for the Nightpiece Film Festival which is part of the Edinburgh Fringe, with a screening on Friday 24th August at 2315 in Programme 5, ‘Horror Store’ at Surgeons' Hall, v53, Nicolson Street

May 2018:

Semi-Finalist in the AltFF Film Festival

Semi-Finalist in the Women’s Film Challenge in the Audience Awards, and was one of 40 long-listed films directed by women from an entry over 200.

Selected for the LA Neo Noir Novel, Film & Script Festival and nominated for Best Picture. Screening 26 May 2018 in Hollywood.

April 2018: news coming in of a worldwide showcase tour selection during 2018-9. Waiting for official announcement before sharing details.

March 2018: Selected for the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival and won Best Short Short Film Award

23 March 2018: The BAFTA’s Lucky 225 Film Night in London. A showcase of 10 films by this women film makers' group.

2 February 2018: The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival – a festival dedicated to women working in the horror genre

January 2018 London Independent Story First Film Festival: Nominated and shortlisted.

A little teaser taster while we finished the post production.

Poster designed by John Mundy using photographs by Paul Walker.

Cast & Crew

The Being: Abigail Thaw
Angie Bradstock: Phillipa Peak

Writer, Director: A D Cooper
Producers: A D Cooper, Steve Croson
Casting Director: Annie Rowe CDG
Cinematographer: Candida Richardson
Camera Assistant: Balan Evans
1st A D: Jack Farrar
Gaffer: Jon Hearn
Make Up Artist: Sarah Grundy
Make Up Assistant: Polly Mercer
Script Supervisor: Sheila McNaught
Sound Recordists: Mark Andrews, Simon Norman
Graphic Designer (Book cover): Paul Crane
Editor: Gary Tobyn
Visual Effects: David King
Composer: Henry Bird
Colourist: Jon Dobson
Sound Designer & Mix: John C Wood
Film Stills Photographer: Paul Walker
Publicity Materials: John Mundy

Catering: Kingfisher Café, Merci Marie & The Dusty Knuckle

Camera Equipment provided by AimImage
Lighting Equipment provided by Location Lighting
Sound Recording Equipment provided by Mark Andrews Sound & Editing Services
Insurance by Essex Insurance

Thanks to Bob & Val Boyle, the Bootstrap Company Ltd, Mary Cooper, Film London Talent Connect, Pip Lacey, Alwyne Kennedy, Paul Lewis, Catherina Golebiowska & Nathan, Mariella Rowe, Andrew Shepherd, Shooting People, David A Smith, Catherine Taylor, Marianna Tobyn and Dan Tsantilis.


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The shoot took place on 8 & 9 September in a dank Dalston bunker in London E8 which proved as challenging as it was appropriate. The project is being entered into film festivals worldwide.

Length: 5.47 minutes (shorter version without end credits 4.55m)


Abigail Thaw (“Endeavour”) plays the role of The Being

Phillipa Peak (“Home Fires”) plays the role of Angie Bradstock.

Angie waits and frets holding the book that made her famous. Photo by Paul Walker

Nominations & Awards:

Best Thriller: Women in Horror Film Festival, USA (TBA)
Semi-final in Women’s Film initiative in the Audience Awards in the USA (TBA)
Southampton International Film Festival 2017: Best Cinematography in a Short, Best Sound Design (won)
Purbeck Film Festival 2017: Best Live Action
Underwire Film Festival 2017: Best Cinematography
LA Neo Noir Novel, Film and Script Festival 2018: Best Picture
Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival 2018: Best Short Short (won)
One Reeler Film Festival: Order of Merit (won)

“Angie” (Phillipa Peak) Photo by Paul Walker

Photo by Paul Walker

Simon Norman, sound recordist, strikes a pose with his boom mic

Even script supervisor Sheila McNaught looks spooky in the half light.

The world premiere was at the Southampton International Film Festival in the UK on 19 October 2017.

Waiting for the close up. Photo by Paul Walker.

Angie’s book, with graphics designed by Paul Crane.

A sense of the bunker location in Dalston E8. Note the moisture in the light beam. It was damp and drippy down there. Photo by Paul Walker

Canny Richardson (cinematographer nominated for two awards for this film) and Balan Evans (AC) busy with their lenses. Photo by Paul Walker

Editor Gary Tobyn at work refining the cuts. The film had to be under 5 mins for the WFTV/Lifetime TV competition which was a tough discipline but it kept the narrative from lagging.

Sound designer and mixer, the legendary John “Fingers” Wood finesses the spot effects with the music by Henry Bird. John’s work resulted in a Best Sound Design award.

The poster and postcards designed by John Mundy using Paul Walker’s photographs.

The last stage before the online. Colourist Jon Dobson checks that the grade works on different screens.

The DVDs also designed by John Mundy.

Some reviews of this short which screened in the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival:
It was one of those that stuck with us… a gem of a film.

Jennifer Dean, film maker & curator at Directed by Women – NYC-Shorts
of All Sorts