Stutterer the Short Film

“Stutterer”, a short film written and directed by Irish film director Benjamin Cleary, has won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short FIlm at the Academy Awards. Greenwood, a lonely typographer, struggles with his inability to speak. An online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself. The film has a microsite, stuttererfilm.com and Facebook page.

Stutterer desk

Credits

Filming was shot by director/editor Benjamin Cleary, Bare Golly Films producers Serena Ermitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, director of photography Michael Paleodimos, composer Nico Casal, art directors Russell De Rozario, Elena Isolini and Erin Larnder, costume designer Francesca Turner, make up artist Nina Igbino, sound editor Gustaf Jackson, foley artist James Latimer, sound recordist Lifters Savva, visual effects artist David Magnier, wardrobe assistant Neandra Tienne. Casting was by Irene Cotton.

Cast are Matthew Needham as Greenwood, Chloe Pirie as Ellie, Eric Richard as Greenwood’s Dad, Sophie Cotton as Call Centre Lady. V O., Richard Mason as Luke and Calum Sivyer as Year 11 Boy.

The Stutterer film poster

Awards

Winner – BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM – 88th Academy Awards 2016
Winner – BEST SHORT FILM – London Critics Circle Award 2016
Winner – BEST FOREIGN FILM at LA Shorts Fest 2015
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at the DC Shorts Film Festival 2015
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at OFFLine Film Festival 2015
Winner – JURY SPECIAL MENTION AWARD 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