Beyond Reasonable Doubt

An innocent man gets accused for a crime that he never committed, while a corrupt police officer pulls the strings in court.

  • Rab McPhee
    Director
  • Matthew Ardies
    Writer
  • Rab McPhee
    Producer
  • Matthew Ardies
    Producer
  • Jamie Powell
    Producer
  • Kyle Connor
    Producer
  • Rab McPhee
    Key Cast
    "Tim Bennette"
  • Jamie Powell
    Key Cast
    "P.C. O'Grady"
  • Kyle Connor
    Key Cast
    "Judge"
  • Matthew Ardies
    Key Cast
    "Eugene Edgecomb (Voice)"
  • Matthew Ardies
    Cinematography
  • Jamie Powell
    Script Supervisor
  • Kyle Connor
    Sound
  • Rab McPhee
    Soundtrack
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 41 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Belfast Metropolitan College
Director Biography - Rab McPhee

Rab McPhee (born 5th June 2003) is an independent filmmaker from Northern Ireland. He makes low-budget short films, often doing everything himself, and getting his friends to act for him. He also acts himself, sometimes appearing in his own films, but usually in his friends' films.

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Director Statement

This film came around fairly quickly. It was conceived and then shot within two months, and took another third month to get the edit complete. This is something more articulate to what I'm used to. Every shot in the film is exactly how it was storyboarded, and the dialogue and line delivery is nearly exact to the script. I therefore took a bit more influence from some more controlled directors. The obvious comparison would be Kubrick and Paths of Glory, and it was definitely the biggest influence on this. I even paid homage to Kubrick through a certain low-angle shot, and while it's not a reference to a specific moment in any of his films, it was still very much inspired by him. It was a lot of fun doing a period-piece such as this; you don't get that opportunity too often so it was nice to do something different. I think there was a definite challenge acting as the lead role while directing as well. I know it's rather self-indulgent, but no one else was extremely keen to step up to the role, and besides that, I do find acting to be rather fun anyway so I was happy to do it. Making the music myself was also a lot of fun. Ideally some sombre strings would have been more appropriate but I was keen on doing all the music myself. I think that the minimalist guitar works well though, and it was a lot of fun figuring out the compositions even if they are relatively simple. While I don't think that this film is perfect, I really did have a great time making it and I am quite happy with how it turned out. It really is the vision I had in my head from the start put on-screen, and it's nice for that to be the case.