Private Project

The Blue Door

A district nurse, played by Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Crown) is assigned a new patient living alone in a dilapidated bungalow. The nurse soon discovers that her dying patient, and the home she inhabits, are hiding a dark secret.

The Blue Door is a BAFTA nominated British horror short shot on Arri Alexa, on an entirely recycled and reclaimed set and can be enjoyed by people from all nations given that it contains not one line of dialogue. It aims to put British Horror back on the cinematic map.

  • Paul Taylor
    Director
    Paul is a London based, BAFTA nominated director working in the British Film and Television industry. Paul’s made award winning films for BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and many more. Paul's first short film, FestEvil was an official selection of the BFI London Film Festival. This is Paul's second short film as director.
  • Ben Clark
    Producer
    Ben Clark is a Comedian, Actor and Writer, best known as one third of the award winning sketch group Pappy's. He co-created, wrote and performed in two series of the accomplished BBC3 sitcom Badults. They recently created a critically acclaimed Christmas short film for Sky Arts titled Pappy’s Christmas. Ben also writes and performs for the highly popular and award winning podcast Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown. Ben has written and performed for C4's Meet the Parents, C4’s Host the Week and John Bishop's Big Year for BBC1. Whilst The Blue Door is his first horror short to be produced, Ben has directed several successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows. He is CEO for the Production Company 13th Door Films.
  • Megan Pugh
    Producer
    Megan’s past experience has been dedicated to live comedy production. For seven years, she cultivated a career by working with the likes of ESM Enterprise, Mick Perrin Worldwide and Chambers Management Touring. She’s produced and assisted produced shows for the likes of David O’Doherty, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican and Stuart Goldsmith. Whilst The Blue Door is the first film she has created, her writing has been seen performed by Kangaroo Court Theatre Company and at Theatre 503. She is Managing Director for the Production Company 13th Door Films.
  • Ben Clark
    Writer
  • Megan Pugh
    Writer
  • Gemma Whelan
    Key Cast
    “Nurse”
    Game of Thrones, The End of the F***ing World, The Crown,
  • Janie Booth
    Key Cast
    “Patient”
    Janie Booth is a British actress and writer, best known for her appearances in The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Othello (1965) and Cockroach (2009).
  • Annie McGrath
    Key Cast
    Annie McGrath is a comedy writer and performer who has written and appeared on ITV2’s @elevenish, Channel 4 online shows Girls Go Trolling and Turtle Canyon Comedy shows, such as scripted reality Plane Spotters, and her own sketches including The Girl Who Has Never Laughed. Annie has featured on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4 Extra and written for the likes of Marie Claire and ASOS. ​ Annie brought her debut stand-up show The Seven Ages of An to the Ed Fringe in 2016, where she featured in the Evening Standard’s top jokes list.
  • Lynn & Duncan McFarlane (DRESD)
    Art Director and Construction Manager
    Dresd provide the broadcast industry with a viable, cost-effective and sustainable alternative to set waste being sent to landfill or waste to energy. They are a certified Albert supplier and recommended by the BBC, helping to support an environmentally sustainable future for the TV and film industries. The Blue Door set was entirely recycled, designed and constructed by Lynn and Duncan.
  • Benedict Spence
    Director of Photography
    Benedict began working as a lighting cameraman 12 years ago. For the past 5 years he has moved into a Director of Photography role in commercials, music videos and narrative work. Shooting music videos for artists such as Leona Lewis and Beth Ditto and commercials for a number of brands from Playstation to MasterCard. Ben shot his first feature as DOP, ‘AfterDeath’ in 2013 and was B-Cam and Steadicam Operator on ‘The Inbetweeners’ movie (2011.) Ben was DOP on ‘Date Night’ (dir Reggie Yates) which won best UK short at the London Independent Film Festival in 2014.
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 27, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Paul Taylor

Paul is a London based, BAFTA nominated director working in the British Film and Television industry. Paul’s made award winning films for BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and many more. Paul's first short film, FestEvil was an official selection of the BFI London Film Festival. This is Paul's second short film as director.

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Director Statement

With The Blue Door we wanted to tell an original and gripping story that put performance front and centre and earned its scares through solid, elegant film-making. The pace of the film is designed to increase exponentially, starting as a gentle tip toe and building to a blood thumping sprint.

Having no dialogue created a tension of its own, the challenge was sustaining that and letting the suspense build to a satisfying and nerve jangling finale.

Thank you for your consideration and taking time to watch our film.