Private Project

Dinner At The Smyths'

Seemingly ordinary Pandora introduces her boyfriend, Tom, to her parents. All is normal until he opens the door to a minotaur and a mermaid. In the dinner from hell, Tom tries his best to win over Pandora’s dismissive, mythological parents, who despise the fact he’s ‘only’ human.

  • Ash Hamilton
  • Bex Conyngham-Hynes
  • Ash Hamilton
  • Bex Conyngham-Hynes
  • Lucy Benson-Brown
  • Charlotte Weston
    Key Cast
  • Edmund C Short
    Key Cast
  • Harriet Barrow
    Key Cast
  • Stephen McGowan
    Key Cast
  • Richard Bell ACS
  • Chris Hutchings
  • Edward Geater
  • Liv Snowden
    Production Designer
  • Aaron Francis Walker
    Costume Designer
  • Carly Guy
    Hair & Makeup
  • Elise Martin
    1st Assistant Director
  • Paula Ruessmann
    Floor Runner
  • Mo Benyahia
    Script Supervisor
  • Angela Garcia Manchado
    First Assistant Camera
  • Samuel "Beans" Hyde
    Second Assistant Camera
  • Dani Baxter
    Clapper Loader
  • Oscar Dunbar
    Digital Imaging Technician
  • Toby Martin
  • Tyson Douglas
  • Oscar Bussell
    Sound Recordist
  • Nigel Glasgow
    Production Photography
  • Samantha Smallwood
    Mermaid Wrangler
  • David Rudge
  • Grégory Beauvais
    Minotaur Mask Design
  • Stitch Homespun
    Offline Facility
  • Seán O'Keefe
    Edit Producer
  • Tim Hardy
    Exec Producer
  • Leo King
    Exec Producer
  • Tag
    Online Facility
  • Andy Salem
    Head of Production
  • Mark Horrobin
  • Louis O'Connell
  • Tim Davies
  • Foley Walkers
  • Rascal Post
    Sound Design & Mix
  • Maddy Lebel
    Sound Producer
  • Nail Johnson
    Sound Engineer
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  • Genres:
    comedy, dark comedy, narrative fiction, fantasy, narrative, fiction, british comedy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 10, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4.5k Open Gate ProRes 4444
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Director Biography - Ash Hamilton, Bex Conyngham-Hynes

Ashley Hamilton and Bex Conygham-Hynes once spent separate creative lives in film advertising where they woke up one day and decided to become co-writer/co-director duo Ash + Bex. Having learned and honed their craft in the chaos of the ad industry, they decided to dedicate themselves to making comedy, because they feel the world needs a laugh more than ever; especially when it comes to serious issues. With this in mind, they begged, borrowed and stole to create their debut, Dinner at the Smyths’.

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Director Statement

Dinner at the Smyths' was conceived as a way to make comedy out of navigating interracial relationships, family issues, and the trauma that comes with it; things that both of us have experienced first hand. We feel the best way to connect with audiences, and relate to them, is through laughter and recognisable moments; no matter how bizarre the set up. Twists on mundane, everyday situations are something that we are really excited about exploring further with our comedy.