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A homeless puppy is taken in by a mysterious character named ‘The Baron’ who uses her as a drug runner in reward for copious amounts of bones. When a delivery goes wrong and the bones are removed as punishment, she resolves to reclaim them at any cost.

  • Rica Sweeney
  • Rica Sweeney
  • Rica Sweeney
  • Stephen Sheridan
    Key Cast
    "The Baron"
  • Sasha 'The Dog'
    Key Cast
  • Kyle Miley
    Key Cast
  • Rene Costa
    Key Cast
    "'The Butcher'"
  • George O'Reilly
  • Alex Dopierala
  • Tine Lykke Jensen
  • Liam Cameron
    Sound Designer
  • Alfonzo Sieveking
    Production Designer
  • Özgür Yigit
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • High Peak Independent Festival
    New Mills
    United Kingdom
    June 14, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Nightpiece Film Festival 2019 [Edinburgh Fringe]
    United Kingdom
    August 19, 2019
  • Crossing the Screen
    United Kingdom
    September 19, 2019
  • Weird Film Fest
    San Francisco
    United States
    October 22, 2019
  • 8th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival
    Mumbai, Maharashtra
    December 8, 2019
  • Dorking Festival
    Dorking, Surrey
    United Kingdom
    April 4, 2020
  • Lift-Off Global - The First-Time Filmmaker Showcase
    United Kingdom
    April 5, 2020
  • Fastnet Film Fest
    Schull, Co. Cork
    May 20, 2020
  • The Good Dog! International Film Festival
    July 4, 2020
  • 10th Pune Short Film Festival
    Pune, Maharashtra
    October 23, 2020
Director Biography - Rica Sweeney

Following graduation from Exeter University Rica worked as a voice actor, reading traffic reports on the radio before being accepted onto the TV training program ‘MAMA Youth’. She then entered the world of television, working as a runner and researcher on a range of live and factual productions including ‘The Wright Stuff’, ‘The One Show’, and several BBC Science productions, to then working on Sky comedy. More recently she can be found on large features as a Floor Runner in the AD dept.; from the upcoming ‘Dumbo’ film with Director Tim Burton, to Johnny English 3 starring Rowan Atkinson, as well as several independent productions and TV dramas such as Danny Boyle’s ‘Trust’ and BBC America’s ‘Killing Eve’. This is the first short that she has written and directed.

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Director Statement

Anyone who has ever felt the gnawing pangs of hunger can identify with the plight of Sasha at the beginning of our story. For Sasha, her goal – to acquire bones and stave off hunger and hardship in her life – becomes an obsession resulting in her taking a very questionable full time delivery job and in her manic collection of hundreds of bones, a fanatical attitude that goes unrecognised as a problem by her, and is used by The Baron as a means of control. But our protagonist and our villain have surprisingly similar traits, for The Baron also has an addictive personality, concerned only with his own form of success, and his desire to become an intrepid, financially successful drug baron with no rivals (still alive).

Ultimately Sasha wins back her bones and her freedom, and so she should. This was always going to be one story where the dog ends up victorious, and definitely does not die. But we also receive a warning in the form of The Baron’s untimely demise. You should not make the mistake of thinking that the acquisition of power and the action of revenge does not come without personal cost. Although sometimes you just step into a peat bog and can’t get out. Some people are just unlucky.