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Dave is an ordinary guy who just so happens to wake up with his hands tied and a bag over his head in the company of a suspected cannibal serial killer.

  • Thomas Elliott Griffiths
    Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind, Sticks & Feathers
  • Thomas Elliott Griffiths
  • Duane Williams
  • Thomas Elliott Griffiths
  • Lew Freeburn
    Key Cast
  • Michael Robert Leonard
    Key Cast
  • Kathryn Davies
    Executive Producers
  • Steve Davies
    Executive Producers
  • Nick Roe
    Executive Producers
  • Gary Crossley
    Executive Producers
  • James Lyall
  • Olivia Burns
    Sound Recordist
  • Thomas Forfar
  • Josh White
    Assistant Director
  • Geraint Perry
    Assistant Camera
  • Julia Pentz
    Production Assistants
    Peaky Blinders
  • Morgan Stapley
    Production Assistants
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Horror, Comedy, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    October 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 73 Cinema
    United Kingdom
    October 31, 2019
    UK Premiere
    Winner - Best Local Film
  • Top Indie Film Awards - Winter 2019
    Winner - Best Twist, Nominee - Best Sound, Nominee - Most Terrifying
  • Borderlines Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    February 29, 2020
    England Premiere
    Official Selection - Open Screen
Director Biography - Thomas Elliott Griffiths

A recent graduate from Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England, Thomas has been a student of film for the past decade. His documentary Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind earned Best Feature Documentary and Best of Festival awards in 2017 at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival and his short film Sticks and Feathers was awarded the Best Factual Film prize in 2018 at HotHouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Festival. Although known for his documentary work, Thomas is now focusing on fictional film projects, stating a variety of directors such as Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Noah Baumbach as his main directorial influences.

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Director Statement

Life can be difficult, even if it is not “tied to a chair with a bag over your head, fearing that you are about to be murdered” kind of difficult… but regardless of what obstacles we all may be facing, it is important to remember that life is sometimes not as serious as we think it is and that there is always a silver lining to be found somewhere. Captive is for everyone who needs a reason to smile today.