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The Infectious Imagination Of Henry Bramble

Starring: Paul Copley, Archie Lyndhurst Maxwell Laird and Kate Henry

When a stuffy retired Judge is forced to spend time with his 10 year-old nephew, the boy unexpectedly reignites his imagination, changing his life forever. This enchanting short film celebrates our ability to imagine and reminds us that imagination can often be forgotten, but it is never lost.

Colour ⁄ RED Epic ⁄ 2k HD ⁄ 2.35:1 ⁄ Duration 15”00’ ⁄ © Screen South 2017

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  • “Charming and impressive. I can’t believe it was shot in just three days!”

    Nicholas Lyndurst - Actor
  • "I really enjoyed Henry Bramble! It's got real heart and I really bought in to its magical qualities."

    Millie Marsh - Producer - 8 Forty Eight Films
  • “What a sweet, fun, heart-warming story!”

    Bevan Walsh - Filmmaker
  • "Charming, original and highly imaginative!"

    Miranda Flemming - Screen South
  • "Wow what an exciting project. I really like the script"

    Sara Deane - Cinematographer
  • "Nicely shot with lovely performance - Reminds me of Narnia!"

    Vicky Jung - Script Editor
  • "Woa your imagination is still the same as we remember Derek Boyes!"

    Charlotte Bruus Christensen - Cinematographer (Girl On The Train)
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Touched By A Stranger

Starring: Jude Akuwudike and Louise Bolton

A desperate man sets out one dark night looking for sex. This he finds but with it comes a terrible reminder of his past.

I was invited to direct this little gem written by Colin Metcalfe as part of the Screen South Digital Shorts 2008 Scheme. It was shot over a weekend in May using a Sony XDCAM EX1 on a budget of just £3000. Unfortunately it didn't get into any big festivals despite its popularity with audiences.

Colour ⁄ HD 1080i ⁄ 16:9 cropped 2.35:1 ⁄ Duration 9′00″ ⁄ © Screen South 2008

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Festival Selection
  • “It's beautifully directed - well done to you all!”

    Ricci-Lee Berry – Screen South
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BBC's Brief Encounters - Life's Like That

Starring: Frances Barber, Mona Bruce, Margery Mason, Malcolm Scates, Jake Seage and Peter Symonds

A selfish family overhear that their aging Aunt has won some money. Eager to plan for their future, they make a surprised weekend visit to see their good old Auntie Edith, in the hope of discovering exactly how much the old dear has won, but Edith is a sharp minded soul and not to be underestimated.

Colour ⁄ Digi-Beta ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ 13 min. ⁄ © BBC 2005

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  • “One of the more accomplished episodes of this series”

    BBC’s Ceefax Teletext TV Listing
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The Happiness Thief

Starring: Tom Brooke, Chloe Smyth and Beans Balawi

A miserable little girl curses her younger brother for being so happy, not realising that her curse would summon a grotesque figure who, in the darkness of night, violently steals the boy´s happiness. Horrified and ridden with guilt, the girl chases the Thief onto the city´s rooftops in a desperate attempt to bargain with him, but he is not an easy creature to please.

Colour ⁄ HD ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ Duration 13”30’ ⁄ © NFTS 2004

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Festival Selection
  • “This is one of the best shorts I've seen all year. Bravo! I think it is highly imaginative, extremely well done and personal.”

    Melissa Morandi - Head of Development for Producer Christine Gozlan
  • “The Happiness Thief was just terrific. Visually wonderful and so sharp.”

    Corinna Downing - Education Co-ordinator - BFI London Film Festival
  • "Congratulations on your wonderful short film. It was very impressive, magical and entrancing. Well done you."

    Miriam James - Agent - Casserroto & Ramsey
  • "I must congratulate you on the tremendous success you have had. I think it is a charming and arresting piece."

    Grainne Marmion - Development Executive - Children's Film and Television Foundation
  • "Very impressed by your film. It's refreshing to see a short film that's so ambitious and has a strong cinematic vision behind it."

    Matt Gannon- Producer - Airmont Pictures
  • "Congratulations with The Happiness Thief we have heard such great things about it."

    Beck Farhall - Head Of Development - Sarah Radcliffe Productions
  • "The Happiness Thief is fantastic! Bloody well done - really, really impressive. I'm sure you're soaring to stella heights as I type this!"

    Nicole Stott - Head of Development - Passion Pictures
  • "The Happiness Thief reminded me of my childhood terror of the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!"

    Rosie Alison - Head of Development - Heyday Films
  • "It was a lovely simple idea, beautifully executed. I think the visual effects and the design you created was spectacular."

    Samantha Thomas - Head of Development - Scott Free
  • "We think that it is an impressive, original and really striking film."

    Chloe Sizer - Head Of Development - Magic Light Pictures
  • "Fantastic. It really hit something with me so congratulations."

    Farah Abushwesha - Rocliffe
  • "We loved your film. You have a great vision."

    Lucy Main - Baker Street Media Finance
  • "It is absolutely charming and beautifully done."

    Freya Noble - Producer - Park Village Commercials
  • "A very well made and interesting film, a credit to the NFTS."

    B.S.C. (British Society Of Cinematographers)
  • "This is such a wonderful little short that I want to tell you more, but won't. Suffice to say, it is a success on all counts. "

    Film Inside Out Website - Blue Rooms Screening Edinburgh
  • “You are ridiculously soppy.”

    Stephen Frears - Director
  • “....conquered our whole attention - exceptional!"

    David Bohun - Filmfestival - Filmacademy Vienna
  • "It is such a delightful film and that energy has a way of continuing to flow."

    Colleen Newlin - Child Psychologist - Tiburon International Film Festival 2005
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In-Between

Starring: Stephanie Leonidas and Barry Martin

A lonely old man´s home is suddenly invaded by a troubled teenage girl, seeking shelter from a violent world outside. The old man is reluctant to help her at first, but soon realises she has given him a new purpose in life. Unfortunately the world she ran away from is catching up with her fast and a difficult choice has to be made.

Colour ⁄ Digi-Beta ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ Duration 17”00’ ⁄ © NFTS 2003

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  • “It’s a very classical film, it reminds me of Polanski””

    Asher Talim - Editing Tutor - NFTS
  • "I liked it. I thought it was a really good storyline, and the Kerplunk! scene was really cute."

    ChoklitBizkit - YouTube comment
  • "WOW! I need a tissue. Two for Two!!"

    HoldinCoffee - YouTube comment
  • "I thought the casting was brilliant. you really know how to script emotions. You managed to capture true human emotion. Well done."

    milesseven - YouTube comment
  • "Amazing!"

    PrimalWolf - YouTube comment
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The Last Day

Starring: Nick Afka, Paul Dannon and Erol Hunt

Admist the rubble of Berlin, two young German riflemen holed up in a deserted train station, casually pick off distant Russian soldiers, unaware that a threat to their own lives is closer than they know.

Working in a proper studio environment for the first time as a director, I felt completely at home and enjoyed every minute. It pushed the boundaries and resources of the film school and became an impressive showreel sample.

Colour ⁄ Super 16mm ⁄ 2.35:1 ⁄ Duration 6”00’ ⁄ © NFTS 2002

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Festival Selection
  • “The last day was a masterpiece. I loved the way you built up tension!”

    Skypenguin93 - YouTube comment
  • "Very, very well made. Bravo! I hope to see a full-length movie made by you in the future."

    TheJackal09 - YouTube comment
  • "Well Done. Pretty Amazing that it's a student film. Good directing, Derek!"

    sclements75 - YouTube comment
  • "Really good but I don't see how you made that as a student film, that must of set you back a lot of money."

    01stursa - YouTube comment
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No Fixed Abode

Starring: Alison Swan, Russ Mabey and Roy Andrews

A homeless girl struggles to find a safe place to sleep for the night, as one by one, London´s cruel and twisted society push her closer to death.

Colour ⁄ Digi-Beta ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ Duration 7”45’ ⁄ 2002

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Festival Selection
  • “That was horrible! Why can’t you make something nice?”

    My Mother
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Talk To Me

Starring: Gary Kitching and Maxine Kerr

Tony and Sarah´s paths cross within a decayed and rotting theatre. Sheltered from their troubles outside, they spark an unusual friendship, but their unwillingness to share their secrets soon become too much.

Colour ⁄ 16mm - 2k HD ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ Duration 12’30” ⁄ 1997

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Festival Selection
  • “An impressive piece of filmmaking!”

    Andy Kimpton-Nye - Producer - Talent 2000 Showcase
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Blackout

Starring: Gary Kitching, Andy Hughes and Emma Davey

A young man wakes up in the middle of the woods, to discover the dead battered body of a girl. To his surprise, she is the same girl he and his friend offered a lift to earlier, but that is all he can remember.

B/W ⁄ 16mm - 2k HD ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ Duration 12’22” ⁄ 1996

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Festival Selection
  • “If we bury her deep enough, no one’s gonna find her for a long time. By then all the evidence will have rotted!”

    Tony - Blackout
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You Tell Me

Starring: Anthony Howard, Niki Wakeman, Joy Sanders, Richie Dryden, Gary Kitching, Karl Robertson, Melanie Simpson and Vicky Sandison

The promiscuity and ignorance of six friends suddenly becomes a threat, when a woman arrives in the city of Newcastle to inform her ex-boyfriend she is HIV.

B/W ⁄ 16 mm ⁄ 16:9 ⁄ Duration 15′45″ ⁄ © Delfilm 1995

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Festival Selection
  • “You’ve done wonders to the opening sequences, especially with the sound. Really like the energy. I think you’ve done a great job with it”

    Erol Hunt - Co-Writer/Director (on the 2015 redux)
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Drakkon

Starring: Derek Boyes, Richard Wilkinson, Nicola Goss, Philip Slocombe, Oliver Kneesbeck and Mike Joslin

Attempting to abduct his runaway Niece, an evil King and his son are challenged by a peasant and his baby dragon. After a long and courageous fight it seems the peasant´s fate is sealed, but the King and his army have an unexpected visitor – Drakkon, the largest and oldest Dragon to have ever walked this earth.

Colour ⁄ 16mm - 2k HD ⁄ 5:4 - 16:9 ⁄ Duration 12′00″ ⁄ © Delfilm 1993

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