The Bagpipe Maker's Baby

A fairy tale short film with a magic realist twist.
Directed by Chris Hopkin and written by Julian F. Woodford, The Bagpipe Maker’s Baby’s strong narrative drama centres on a mix of emotions and ideas around love, community, isolation and family.
Starring Richard Avery, Annie Kirkman and Gordon Meredith, it is based on a short story of the same name, and was written with the English north-east coast in mind, in particular Holderness.
In this sometime awful world we live, the film is deliberately hopeful.
SEA TIMECODE: 22 seconds and then very regularly throughout the entire film as a liminal presence and character in direct opposition to that of the LAND.

  • Chris Hopkin
    Director
    Train off the rails, 2015; How to break the lion's teeth, 2015; After the wait, 2014.
  • Julian F. Woodford
    Writer
    Clouds, 2016; Black Friday, 2015;
  • Julian F. Woodford
    Producer
    Clouds, 2016; Black Friday, 2015;
  • Emily Brown
    Producer
  • Dead Bod Films
    Producer
  • Kris Bilski, Astor Productions, Director of Photography
    Key Production Team
  • Chris Fenton, OctoVision Media, Drone camera
    Key Production Team
  • Will Sharpe, 1st AD and camera
    Key Production Team
  • Richard Avery
    Key Cast
    “The little old man”
    The Return of the Native (1994), Suspicion (2003) and OverBlood 2 (1998).
  • Annie Kirkman
    Key Cast
    “The young woman”
    Don't Let Go, Goldsmiths College,
  • Gordon Meredith
    Key Cast
    “The bagpipe maker”
    Toads Redux (2015) E52
  • Phil Codd, sound design and editing
    Sound design and Music
  • Quentin Budworth, composer (bagpipe music)
    Sound design and Music
  • Steve Conlon, composer (score)
    Sound design and Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k Pro
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hull Film Festival
    Hull
    United Kingdom
    July 5, 2016
    Premiere (early edit)
    Official Selection
  • The Gongs
    Hull
    United Kingdom
    January 23, 2017
    Commendation for Best Drama
  • East Riding Theatre (ERT)
    Beverley
    United Kingdom
    June 16, 2017
    Inaugural short film showcase
  • Lake View International Film Festival
    Punjab
    India
    August 20, 2017
    Official selection - Nominee Best International Mid-short film
  • Cardiff International Film Festival
    Cardiff
    United Kingdom
    October 27, 2017
    Official selection
  • Alt Film Festival
    Toronto,
    Canada
    December 18, 2017
    Finalist, Best Cinematograpy Short Film
  • Hull Comicon
    Hull
    United Kingdom
    February 24, 2017
    Feature screening
  • The History Troupe
    Hull
    United Kingdom
    December 8, 2017
  • Kardomah 94 -Regional film screenings
    Hull
    United Kingdom
    April 9, 2017
    Inaugural short film night
  • The Mysticon International Film Festival
    Roanoke, Virginia
    United States
    February 24, 2018
    Finalist
  • San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival
    Turin
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    Official selection
  • The Red Corner Film Festival
    Cochecton, New York
    United States
    June 16, 2018
    Official selection
  • International Film Festival 'Cinema and you'
    Mariupol
    Ukraine
    September 27, 2018
    Semi-Finalist
  • SeeMor Short Film Festival
    Holyhead, Anglesey
    United Kingdom
    October 20, 2018
    Best Short Film (Fiction)
  • Starlight Film Awards
    Hyderabad
    India
    December 1, 2018
    Winner Best Director/Official Selection best film, best actor
  • Copper Coast International Film Festival
    Swansea
    United Kingdom
    February 1, 2019
    Semi-finalist
  • Nothing Else on TV
    Cardiff
    United Kingdom
    February 1, 2019
    Online TV Screenings
  • Nano Con IFF
    Washington
    United States
    March 30, 2019
    Semi-Finalist
  • Manchester Lift-Off Online IFF
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    March 11, 2019
    Official Selection
  • London International Motion Picture Awards (LIMPA)
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 22, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Lift-Off First time Filmmaker Sessions
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Honor Film Festival
    Lakeland, Florida
    United States
    August 10, 2019
    FInalist
  • Los Angeles Cine-Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 18, 2020
    Semi-Finalist
  • Pinewood Lift-Off Sessions
    Pinewood Studios
    United Kingdom
    December 8, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Varese International Film Festival
    Varese
    Italy
    February 29, 2020
    Italy
    Official Selection
  • The Scene Festival
    Washington, D.C.
    United States
    February 26, 2020
    Finalist
  • The Hollywood Las Vegas Film festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 29, 2020
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Wake Up Screaming
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Internet
  • Humber TV
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Internet
  • Nothing Else on TV
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Internet, Console / Handheld Device
    Country: China
    Rights: Internet, Console / Handheld Device
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Console / Handheld Device
Director - Chris Hopkin