12 mins 26 seconds
Producer: Karen Newman
Director/Writer: Garry Crystal
Two strangers are trapped together in a lift; one is slowly dying, and the other is dying to escape
A dark comedy about two strangers, Ed and Alice, trapped together in a lift. Ed has just attempted suicide and his life is slowly bleeding away. Alice has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is torn between her desperate phobia of blood and her overwhelming desire to save his life.
Is it possible that through this unfortunate and unlikely meeting, they can help each other?
Amanda Donohoe, Paul Barber & James Eeles
Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival, Oslo/Fusion Int'l Film Festival, FastNet Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival, Exit 6 Film Festival, Bolton Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, WOFFF (women over 50 film festival) Hells Half Mile Film Festival, Tall Grass Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival
KinoFilm Manchester International Film Festival, Holly Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles New Filmmakers Festival, Indie-Lincs Film Festival, Tallahassee Film Festival, The Globe Screen Shorts Festival (Finalist) UK Jewish Film Festival
Nominated for Best International Comedy at the New Filmmakers Los Angeles awards
Best Screen Play, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
People's Choice Award, Aesthetica Film Festival
Best Editing, Globe Screen Shorts Festival
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“I watched “Down” and very much enjoyed it- mysterious, yucky and funny.
Amanda Donohoe is very good and gets her character across well, physically and emotionally. The beats were well timed and made me wince.
A cracking, atmospheric little short, where body horror meets social realism and secrets lurk behind the scuzzy doors of a public car park lift. And like the lift, it works on several levels”
Jason Solomons, Film Critic, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, The New European, BBC Radio London & Virgin Atlantic @JasonCritic