Fall-Out

Jake finds himself trapped in a fallout shelter with the one man he cannot stand: Nate, his ex. Sarcasm flies as they try to make the best of it, but slowly the horror of their situation creeps in and their stinging barbs and banter become masks, desperate means to keep their sanity. They slowly confront their issues, leaving them without the masks, vulnerable to the reality around them.

  • Guido Lippe
    Director
  • Guido Lippe
    Writer
  • Guido Lippe
    Producer
  • Daniel Boys
    Key Cast
    Any Dream Will Do, Avenue Q, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds
  • David Paisley
    Key Cast
    River City, Casualty, Holby CIty, Tinsel Town
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, LGBT, post-apocalyptic
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2013
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Dutch Film Festival 2013
    Utrecht, the Netherlands
    September 28, 2013
    Worldwide & Dutch premiere
  • Raindance Webfest 2014
    London, UK
    September 27, 2014
    UK premiere (webseries version)
  • Roze Filmdagen/Amsterdam Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2014
    Amsterdam, NL
    March 17, 2014
  • Inside Out Toronto LGBT FIlm Festival 2014
    Toronto, Canada
    May 23, 2014
    Canada premiere
Director Biography - Guido Lippe

Fall-Out is written & directed by one of the top script editors in the Netherlands, Guido Lippe. He was responsible for the script development of such successful TV series as the award-winning Bernhard: Scoundrel of Orange and Beatrix: A Queen Besieged, as well as award-winning films like Mees Kees. Fall-Out is his debut as both writer and director. He's since written/directed a second short film, The 50th Anniversary of Harold & Esmeralda, as well a pilot for sitcom Queers.

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Director Statement

With Fall-Out, I wanted to make a poignant, darkly funny short film and I’m pretty proud of the result. The strange combination of an end of the world setting and two exes battling out their baggage makes it into possibly the world’s first post-apocalyptic romcom. Ultimately for me, Fall-Out is about the masks we all carry, the layers of personality and insecurity they hide, and our inability to move beyond them. Coming from a script editing background, I couldn’t help but putting the telling of an entertaining story first, though, so while those themes are certainly present, they’re not crying for attention. It’s all about the subtext.

Making Fall-Out has pushed me immensely, not just as writer. It allowed me to discover the director inside me and he’s become hungry for more. Luckily, I have several more scripts just waiting to be filmed, once financing falls into place. It’s also allowed me to work with incredibly talented and generous people. We filmed the entire short in a single day at a brilliant location, a disused World War II nazi bunker in the midst of being turned into a museum (I love the irony of filming a gay themed film there). I couldn’t have done all this without the support of my crew and cast, and I owe them an immense debt of gratitude. I hope the success of this film will be a small way of repaying them.