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Hope in a Box

On Sunday morning the council offices were empty apart from two employees. At 9.20am they were abducted and taken to an unknown location. Kidnapped, tied up and locked in a box, unlikely heroes Ally and Mark have to make a decision. Do they stay or get out? A darkly comic film noir in a box.

  • Mick Dow
    Men in Coats, Interference (Writer) PRIX DE LA TROIX BIFFF 2014, BEST STUDENT SHORT award LSFF 2014
  • Mick Dow
    Men in Coats, Interference (Writer) PRIX DE LA TROIX BIFFF 2014, BEST STUDENT SHORT award LSFF 2014
  • Mick Dow
  • Becky Black
  • Becky Black
    Key Cast
  • Richard Gittins
    Key Cast
  • Tamsin Jeffrey
    T2 Trainspotting, Kingsman : The Secret Service, The Decent 2
  • Vini Curtis
    Director of Photography
  • Timo Salia
    Sound Design
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  • Genres:
    Crime, Comedy, Comic Drama, Film Noir, Dark Comedy, Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Atlanta Underground Film festival
    United States
    July 21, 2018
    World Premier
    Official Selection
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    August 16, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Cinema Fantastique
    August 25, 2018
    Canada Premier
    Official Selection
  • Dragon Con Independant Film Festival
    United States
    September 30, 2018
    Nominated for Best Comedy Short
  • Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    Nominations, Best Director of a Short Film, Best Actress in a Short Film, Funniest Short Horror.
  • Isle of Man Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 9, 2018
    United Kingdom Premeir
    Official Selection
  • Southampton International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • First Glance Film Festival
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Fargo Fantastic Film festival
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mick Dow

Mick Dow, born in Scotland and brought up in Yorkshire, is best known for creating the comedy show Men in Coats that went viral on YouTube with more than 100 million hits.
Mick has been a performer all his life. Starting on the street in Covent Garden, London, he went on to UK tours and international acclaim with his own take on visual comedy. 5 years ago he went back to school to gain a Diploma in Film Making.
Mick is currently in production for his next dark comedy short, Pretty Bonnets. His other filmography includes:
INTERFERENCE - Writer. 2013 Best Student Film, London Short Film Festival, Prix La Trois BIFF 2014, Best Film Shorts on Tap 2015.
BUG OUT - Writer/Director. Official Selection 2016 Straight 8 competition.
MEN IN COATS - Writer/Director. 2010 Broadcast Pilot - BBC.
SHORT CUT - Writer/Director. 2015 Produced by James Browning.
DEPARTMENT OF FATE - Director. London Film Academy 2012 ‘Considerable humour, and a witty resolution.’ Nicholas Roeg.

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Director Statement

I don’t know where stories come from but it’s usually a convoluted path. Originally I was writing a script about an escape but in the end I didn’t manage to get out of the box. I realised I was more interested in the moment before the escape.

I loved the Hope in a Box story as it was so simple. Two strangers are stuck in a box. They have to work together to make their escape. That’s it. I just had to decide which way to go with the end.

In the very early years of cinema when Buster Keaton was just an assistant working under Fatty Arbuckle. Keaton said, the two of them only needed a beginning and an ending to start filming, because, if they new where they were coming from and where they were going to, the rest was just having fun.

What Keaton means is, once you know where you are going with the story you just have to work with good people, and bounce ideas back and forth and the world of the story expands exponentially and so it was with Becky and Richard as we had a whole lot of fun building the backstories so that there is a real world out there for each character unseen in the film.

I also wanted to film Hope in a Box because of the simplicity of the setting. You don't often get the chance to build a complete world for your actors. I art direct much of my work. I am a maker, be it props or sets and I understand the tactile feel of things, how the weight, the smell, the touch, all feed in to an actors process. We were able to make this wonderful cramped, chipboard smelling, boomy, wooden box for our two actors to be stuck in and fight against. With a small crew around it was like a little cocoon lit by chinks of light in dark shadows. Filming in small spaces feels as intimate as if the screen is whispering in your ear. The sound changes completely. It opens up personal space, removes barriers and makes, i hope, a very intimate performance.

We are surrounded by blockbuster films of super heroes, re-made and re-imagined, fighting their earthly angst to win against all odds. I like to do stories about little ordinary people, wallowing in angst and failing badly.

Dark humour reminds us of our frailties, that we are not the super-humans we see in the blockbuster films. Anything that reminds us of our vulnerability is good. It is when we are most emboldened and confident in our abilities, that we are most likely to make spectacular misjudgements and mistakes.

In conclusion. If It takes a hundred small people to fail for only one to succeed, remember, every one of those glorious failures mattered because we were one step closer to success.