It's Nick's Birthday

UK 2009 Super-8 35mins
Written & Directed by Graeme Cole
Music by Aidan Smith 

*Special Mention from the Jury, IndieLisboa'09 International Festival of Independent Cinema*
*Best Music (composer Aidan Smith), La Cabina III Medium-Length Film Festival, Valencia*

A home-made Super-8 musical. Over an all-day drinking session, the dreams of a troubled romantic and his companions are worn away by ennui and isolation. With songs by Aidan Smith.

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Festival Screenings

GLIMMER: The 7th Hull International Short Film Festival
11th International Festival Bandits-mages (Bourges, France)
Gimli Film Festival 2009
15th Sarajevo Film Festival 2009
BUSHO Budapest Short Film Festival 2009
ABANDON NORMAL DEVICES 2009 Festival Of New Cinema & Digital Culture (Liverpool, UK)
12th Antimatter Film Festival, 2009 (Victoria, Canada)
7th World Film Festival of Bangkok 2009
L'Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona 2009
Falstaff International Film Festival 2009
Dantzaldia Festival 2010 (Bilbao)
7th Festival du Cinéma de Brive, 2010
OFNI 8th Independent Film Festival, 2010 (Poitiers)
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, 2010
11th International Film Festival of Aubagne, 2011

Credits (amended)

Developed by Graeme Cole and Aidan Smith
Written & Directed by Graeme Cole
Music by Aidan Smith

Nick... Stewart Lockwood (as Stuart Brown)
Liz... Catherine Traveller
Harry... Garth Williams
Cat... Tuesday Betts

Girl at station... Laura Meehan
Boy at station... Rick Latham
Elderly Woman... Patricia Hartshorne
Elderly Man... Michael Elphick
Scally... Andrew Yates
Pineapple Chunk #1... Peter Easterbrook

Pizza Topping Dancers... Java Bere, Rick Latham, Laura Meehan, Aidan Smith, Sean di Sora

Producer... Mick Sugden
Production Manager... Jonathan Addy
1st Assistant Director... Debbie Steer
Choreography... Fran Higginson
Cinematography... Joe Mannion
Art Director... Louisa Birkin
Hair & Make Up... Ivana Petrovic
Location Manager... John Barnes
Sound Recording... Mick Sugden
Foley Artist & Sound Mixer... Bernie Steer
Additional Foley... Dave Lynch
Editors... Jonathan Addy, Debbie Steer
Catering... John Barnes, Lovely Bakes
Catering Advisor... Alison Lockett-Burke
Stills Photography... John Barnes
Credits and promotional design... Elly Strigner
Original Website... Emma Hardy


Nick’s Narration Chant
Written, arranged and performed by Aidan Smith
Sung by Stewart Lockwood

Nick and Harry’s Connection Song
Written, arranged and performed by Aidan Smith
Sung by Stewart Lockwood & Garth Williams

Sometimes Nothing Happens
Written and arranged by Aidan Smith
Trumpet played by Luke Das-Gupta
Sung by Andy Yates, Stewart Lockwood, Garth Williams, Tuesday Betts & Catherine Traveller

Happy When Hermit
Written by Graeme Cole
Arranged and performed by Aidan Smith
Sung by Catherine Traveller

Sleep When You Reach Tired
Written, arranged and performed by Aidan Smith
Sung by Tuesday Betts

La La La Liz
Written, arranged and performed by Aidan Smith
Sung by Stuart Brown

Thanks to

Adrian Morgan & the Manchester Library Theatre Company
Richard Morgan, Keith Broom & the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
The Gaskell Society
The Olivien Pizza Parlour, Didsbury
Michael Brown & Animals In Distress
The Real Camera Co (Manchester)
The Widescreen Centre (London)
University Of Salford
Kate Taylor, Northern Film Network
Mehmet Kutay
Angela Reilly
Dave Perry
Danielle Cannon
Kate Jessop for the tripod

Executive Producer... Anselm Burke, Graeme Cole, Mick Sugden

Shot on location in Manchester, and in The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Shot on Kodak Ektachrome and Vision2 Super 8mm film and brewed on Keemun tea.

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