Rabbit Punch

Based on a real events Rabbit Punch is the story of a young refugee boy in search of a place to call home.

In the wake of recent events such as the ongoing refugee crisis and the election of anti-immigrant politician's across the globe this timely film, tells the tale of Job a teenage boy who has come to Manchester, UK from the Congo. However, his search for a new life has come at a price. Brutalised at home and bullied at school, his only answer is to lash out at the world around him.

When a chance encounter leads him to his local boxing club, his life takes an unexpected turn for the better. Coaches Trav and Dylan, are intrigued by this lightening fast boy and take him under their wing but can they help him to escape his past?

  • Keith Farrell
    Jubliee Nurse, A Terrible Beauty..., Death or Liberty, The Lost Ship, Death on the Railroad, Clear the Way, Ireland's Nazis
  • Hannah Salt
    Bump, Cornerman (Stage Play).
  • Philip Meachem
    2 A.M., Sophies Fortune, Moments, Cold Calling, Hail of Bullets, What Stares Back, Overwhelmed, Bullet Wound
  • Leah Blackaby
    Quince, Last Man on Earth
  • Colm Whelan
    Éirí Amach Amú, A Terrible Beauty (IFTA - Best Cinematography), Fleeing the Famine/Death or Canada, The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut
  • Siôn Roberts
    Hedge, Tomorrow at Noon, The Dumping Ground (online editor).
  • Louize Carroll
  • Wil Johnson
    Key Cast
    Outlander, MacBeth, King Lear, The Five, Waking the Dead, Inspector Lewis, Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, Clocking Off, Babyfather, The Bill, Cracker
  • Ciarán Griffiths
    Key Cast
    Cold Feet, This Is England '90, The Mill, Shameless, Waterloo Road, Their's Only One Jimmy Grimble, The Bill, Coronation Street, City Central
  • Rosina Carbone
    Key Cast
    Dani's Castle, Doctors, The Accused, Moving On, Cracker
  • Darwin Taylor
    Key Cast
    Hunter's Prayer, Ordinary Lies, Scott & Bailey, Neutral Ground
  • Jordon Wendl
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, youth
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony 4K Raw
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  • San Jose Short Film Festival
    San Jose
    United States
    December 8, 2017
  • Kino Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 18, 2017
    Manchester Premier
    Nominated Best Actor - Jordan Wendl
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Forth Worth
    United States
    November 10, 2017
    Texas Premier
  • Savannah Film Festival
    Savannah, Georgia
    United States
    November 3, 2017
    Georgia Premier
  • Oaxaca Film Fest
    October 13, 2017
    Central American Premier
  • Bolton Film Festival
    Bolton, Greater Manchestr
    United Kingdom
    September 21, 2017
    English Premier
    Winner Best North West Short Jury Competition
  • Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival
    Martha's Vineyard
    United States
    September 9, 2017
    New England Premier
    Nominated: Short Film Jury Competition
  • Long Beach Indie Film Festival
    Long Beach
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    North American Premier
    Nominated: TCE/LBI Sons and Brothers Award
  • Nightpiece Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe
    United Kingdom
    August 25, 2017
    International Premier
  • Yountville International Short Film Festival
    Yountville, California
    United States
    February 9, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival
    Chicago, Ill
    United States
    March 3, 2018
    Illinois Premier
    Official Selection
  • Omaha Film Festival
    Omaha, Nebraska
    United States
    March 10, 2018
    Nebraska Premier
    Won Best Short Film
  • Fastnet Film Festival
    Schull, Ireland
    May 25, 2018
    Irish Premier
  • Kerry Film Festival
    October 19, 2018
  • Richard Harris International Film Festival
    October 28, 2018
Director Biography - Keith Farrell

Rabbit Punch is my second short film and its is my first attempt at making a contemporary drama. My background is in period drama documentaries, so Rabbit Punch is a far cry from my usual work and it was strange not to find myself surrounded by tights breeches, flowing cumbersome dresses and antique furniture. It was great to be doing something different!

I have been working as a director for the last decade and somehow I have even managed to win a few awards over the years. Recent films include A Terrible Beauty.... which won the Best Documentary at the 2014 Crystal Palace International Film Festival, Best Cinematography at the 2015 Irish Film & Television Academy award's and was selected for numerous festivals and a two part concert film/docudrama for the ABC (Australia), S4C (UK) & TG4, entitled Death or Liberty based on the book by Dr. Tony Moore, won best documentary at Spotlight Documentary Film Festival and was nominated for a 2016 Irish Film & Television Academy award. My first short film Jubilee Nurse (you guessed it a period drama) was lucky enough to be selected for a number of international festivals and even pick up an award or two, including the Consulate Award at the 2016 Chicago Irish Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Sometimes a great scripts arrives in the most unexpected ways – last year I was working for a little department in a very big media organisation when by a freak occurrence of hot desking I found myself sitting beside Hannah Salt. Now this department is not known for producing great writing talent, so when Hannah told me that she was a writer and gave me an example of her work I inwardly scoffed....and then I read the script. It was brilliant, here was a writer with flair, talent and an ability to capture what was truly inside her character's hearts. I knew I wanted to work with this women and so the project that is Rabbit Punch was born.

Rabbit Punch combines two of my great loves; boxing and my adopted city of Manchester. I have lived in Manchester for 15 years now and I like to consider myself as Manc with an unusual accent. As a native of North Dublin, Ireland, boxing has been part of my life from a young age, I come from a family of accomplished amateur boxers. I know how the sport has the power to redeem kids who are in danger of falling into a life of crime and to give a home to those who are rootless.

At the heart of Rabbit Punch, is a timely but universal story that resonates with us today, is is a story as old as the human condition – a tale of people been displaced and uprooted and forced to flee their homeland. It is a story of hopelessness into redemption, a tale about the power of community to protect those who are suffering and most of all it is a film about a young boy searching for a place to call home.

It is a story I was desperate to bring to screen once I read Hannah script, and I hope I have done the story the justice it deserves.