Cold Water

We're all trying to find something calming amongst the madness. Some people play sudoku, some people wrestle in a cage, some people jump in cold water. When filming Point Break, Patrick Swayze referred to it as "finding your key". But Dannie couldn't care less about keys or Swayze. Her life's a mess and she's willing to try something to shake it off. Dannie's a plumber, she hates it, she's drinking. She's sent to Rajesh's house to fix a blocked drain. Raj has had his very own dealings with drugs and alcohol of late but he is currently moving to a place of spirituality - finding his key. It's not a great interaction on the first meeting for Raj and Dannie but as they begrudgingly get to know each other, they discover some amusement in each other. Raj wants to help her, that's who he is. But his quest to help her is misguided. One key does not fit all...

  • Darcy Vanhinsbergh
    Poldark, EastEnders, A Confession
  • Darcy Vanhinsbergh
  • Darcy Vanhinsbergh
  • Alex Lawton
    Rewind 4Ever: The History of UK Garage, OUT, Winter Hill
  • Vikash Bhai
    Key Cast
    Crossfire, Hanna, Pandora
  • Siobhan Bevan
    Key Cast
    The Football Monologues, EastEnders
  • Darcy Vanhinsbergh
    Key Cast
  • Alex Lawton
  • Hal Smith
    Sound Recordist
    Rash, The Secret Life of the Holiday Resort
  • Dean Charles
    Hard Time Bus, A Most Unfortunate Face
  • Liam Grange
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Alex Lawton
  • Tom Parker
    Music & Sound Design
  • Stuart MacLeod
    Stills Photographer / BTS
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI AlexaMini, Sigma CineLenses
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  • Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2022
    United Kingdom
    July 24, 2022
    UK Premiere
    Winner: "Best in Brighton" Award
  • South Coast Film Festival 2022
    United Kingdom
    November 26, 2022
    Winner: Best Short Film Under 20minutes Award
  • Fisheye Film Festival 2023
    High Wycombe
    United Kingdom
    April 22, 2023
    Honourable Mention: Best Short Film, Best Female Actor & Best Male Actor
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival 2023
    United Kingdom
    June 17, 2023
    Winner: Best Director of a UK Short
Director Biography - Darcy Vanhinsbergh

Darcy Vanhinsbergh is an actor/writer and co founder of Brickwork Films. Primarily an actor working on such projects as ITV’s A Confession and Disney’s Malificent, Darcy also found great joy in writing while on set. This materialised through the love of story telling, serving as a different outlet to express the passion. His first writing credit came in the form of a short film called New World, exploring an old friendship wrestling with the different ideas around gentrification.

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Director Statement

Cold Water inspired Darcy while working on building sites through the pandemic. Not only was he interested in exploring social dynamics but also wanted to try and understand what physical activities helped people through hard times.

Darcy has put on the director’s cap, as well as writing the script for this project. The aim was to work with the actor’s in a way where they could find freedom in the script and not feel burdened by the text.