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Boyd, a young teenage boy, suffers a psychotic episode stimulated by the horrific events of his childhood which had killed his father and disfigured Boyd. Pursued by the monsters of his disturbing hallucinations, his reality is distorted and in panic he tries to escape.

  • James Owen
    Stay Hidden, Vanguard, Bite
  • Pippa Hinchley
    Smack the Pony, Sofia's Diary
  • James Owen
    Stay Hidden, Vanguard, Bite
  • Pippa Hinchley
    Key Cast
    Smack the Pony, Sofia's Diary
  • Toby John
    Key Cast
    Stay Hidden
  • Richard Boland
    Key Cast
    The Maroon Jumper, Conditioning
  • Suzanne Gough
    Director of Photography
    Guardians, Karen, Hunting Bears
  • Zeb Achonu
    Disarm, Born in New York, Daddy's Fort
  • James Owen
    Production Design
    Stay Hidden, Vanguard, Bite
  • Howard Sinden
    Sound Designer
    Ran, The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker, Happy Go Hopscotch
  • Simon Wilkinson
    Visual Effects
    Bite, We Too, Huntsman
  • Mark Johnson
    Death Do Us Part, Fyre Rises, One Way Out
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama, Horror, Micro Short, Microshort
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (2K)
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Director Biography - James Owen

James was born in Cheshire, England and studied at Cambridge University receiving a Master or Arts Degree. He is currently completing another M.A. in film directing in association with Raindance London. The founder of Arthrofilm ltd and owner of The Factory, film studios in the Midlands, UK, he is a Writer, Director and Producer with a passion for narrative fiction. James’s debut feature film "Bite" is due for release in 2021, "Barnstorm" is the eighth short film he has directed. He is also the director of On Set Solutions, providing covid screening for film and television and in his spare time he is a knee surgeon in Oxfordshire.

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Director Statement

Barnstorm is a psychological horror short film, produced in collaboration with talented members of the BFI Network and BAFA crew and depicts the harrowing story of a young teenage boy who experiences a psychotic episode brought on by the horrific events of his childhood. Conceived and completed within four weeks, Barnstorm is a four minute narrative short film made amid the challenges of the Covid Pandemic.