Experiencing Interruptions?


When his ex-con brother, Chris, enlists his help on a break-in, Duncan Fitzpatrick doesn't know what to do. He'd agreed to run away with his brother, but only under the belief that he had turned over a new leaf. Now stuck, waiting in the car for his brother's return, Duncan grows restless as his brother breaks into a mysterious suburban home. There's only one problem with Chris's plan; someone else is in the house. As the hour grows late, Duncan enters the house, only to discover how truly lost his brother has become.

  • Jamie Robertson
  • Denzel Noylander
  • Kieran Stanley
  • Nicolas Ballarini
    Key Cast
    "Duncan Fitzpatrick"
  • Joseph Wibe
    Key Cast
    "Chris Fitzpatrick"
  • D'Arcy McLenaghen
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Humber College
Director Biography - Jamie Robertson

Jamie Robertson is an aspiring Director and Filmmaker currently completing his final semester at Humber College. Jamie has directed four films including 'Popcorn!', his first-year short, 'Movie Theatres: Light & Sound', a second-year experimental documentary short, 'B&E' his capstone project, and 'The Sacrifice', a Korean-language short blue screen production. Leaving school, Jamie's grand ambition lies in the world of feature filmmaking with the hope that he might one day create a film worthy of sharing the medium with his filmmaking idols.

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Director Statement

There are a couple of reasons why I chose to direct B&E. For me, first and foremost it was about genre. Crime films are films I find myself very drawn to, and particularly at the time of pitching I was obsessed with the questions relating to the constructs of a crime picture and how sequences of suspense were formed both visually and on the page. It was also a genre I found most of my favourite directors either started out in, or ventured into at some point in their careers and so it was a good excuse to go back and study their work as well as the history of crime films in general, to better understand the genres visual language.
I was also really drawn to the characters Denzel wrote. The dynamic between Chris and Duncan hit particularly close to home for me, and not only because of the relationship I have with my own brothers. Their struggle in this film reminds me very much of the dynamic between other male leads in film history, specifically, I saw a lot of similarities between Chris and Duncan and the Keitel and DeNiro characters in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets. I have a deep admiration for Mr. Scorsese and his work and so I saw this as an opportunity to explore similar themes as my idol while attempting to mirror his work in a way, similar to how he drew upon Elia Kazan for Raging Bull. We drew on a lot of different movies for this film, Blood Simple and Psycho being the biggest visually, but through it all, it was really Martin Scorsese that was at the heart of it everything.