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February 29th

A young couple go out for a romantic meal...that quickly turns ugly.

  • Vito Milazzo
    Writer's Block, Fight
  • Vito Milazzo
    Writer's Block, Fight
  • Lindsay Munro
    Writer's Block
  • Mark Wood
    Key Cast
    Taggart, Ashes, Trinity, Writer's Block
  • Nicolette McKeown
    Key Cast
    River City, Rillington Place
  • Steve Johnson
    Writer's Block, A Fire Within
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Romance
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Vito Milazzo

Born in Edinburgh, Vito Milazzo is a TV editor by trade, however as director his films have been shown around the world. His first film as director, "Fight", was a gritty drama about a boxer who decides against throwing a match whilst in the middle of said bout. It found some success on the UK festival scene, but his next short, "Writer's Block", was a step up. Shot over two years and spanning ten locations (and three actors playing up to five roles each), the multi-genre tale of a writer whose characters come to life was warmly greeted on the European and US circuit. The Eyes On Screen blog summed up the positive reactions by calling it a "hilarious, exceptionally well written...and brilliantly realised short".

The crude, quick and punchy "February 29th" is his first foray into comedy.

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Director Statement

"February 29th" came out of an old memory. I heard ages ago about the evergreen "Aristocrats" joke, where each line would become more absurd and crude, and I always thought that the Scottish accent is the most brutally effective delivery format for that type of humour. In addition, my previous short jumped between genres as it told the story of a frustrated writer whose characters start to seep into his everyday life, so this little film was a chance to just sit two people down and see what happens. It's crude, but effective, and over and done with in 3 or 4 minutes - which is perfect for a short comedy.