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Starring Shia LaBeouf, James Norton, Gemma Chan and Nathan-Stewart-Jarratt, EVERYDAY PERFORMANCE ARTISTS is a vibrant, mischievous and playful British short film from critically acclaimed writer/ director Polly Stenham (Neon Demon) and wunderkind novelist Adam Thirlwell.

The film explores how we can all feel like actors lost in a movie beyond our control. Each of the three sections has a distinctive hyper tone - a look that channels the non-places of London’s melancholic outer suburbia: DINER, NAIL SALON and CAR WASH. It combines a carrering narrative voice over with the tender performances of star actors.

It is produced by Josh Hyams, Michael Winterbottom's frequent collaborator, for Revolution Films.

  • Polly Stenham
    Neon Demon, Foxtrot
  • Adam Thirlwell
  • Josh Hyams
    The Trip, A Mighty Heart, Face of an Angel, Hoff the Record, Rush,
  • Shia LaBeouf
    Key Cast
    Transformers, American Honey, Nymphomaniac
  • Gemma Chan
    Key Cast
  • James Norton
    Key Cast
    Black Mirror, War & Peace, Flatliners
  • Nathan-Stewart Jarrett
    Key Cast
    Misfits, Dom Hemingway
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Polly Stenham

The director, Polly Stenham, is an acclaimed playwright and scrfeenwriter, whose plays have been put on all over the world. Her first film is NEON DEMON directed by Nicholas Winding-Refn, which premiered in Cannes in 2016. Her first play, That Face, was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and was then produced in the West End and off-Broadway. She is also the author of Tusk Tusk and No Quarter, which both premiered at the Royal Court.

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