Experiencing Interruptions?


On the first day of freedom, a grizzled ex-con must reconnect with his conflicted son before his violent past catches up with them.

A debut feature shot entirely on an iPhone dives into the complexities of the father-son relationship, toxic masculinity and burden of responsibility.

"Artfully shot on an iPhone, this low-key drama is an original variation of the standard British crime movie... where the narrative goes is powerfully moving, stirring glimmers of healing into a painful situation, as each character struggles to be the decent person they know they are inside." - Rich Cline (vice chair of the UK Critics' Circle Film Section, chair of the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, voting member of Online Film Critics Society, Fipresci and Galeca, contributor to BBC, Channel 4, IndieWire, Sky News, Grazia, Film4, IGN, Rotten Tomatoes)

  • Anthony Z James
    Let There Be Animal, The Roof, Day One
  • Anthony Z James
    Let There Be Animal, The Roof, Day One
  • Anthony Z James
    Let There Be Animal, The Roof, Day One
  • Domas Vilcinskas
    Trust, The Return
  • Anthony Mark Streeter
    Key Cast
    The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Roof, Day One
  • Nathan Hamilton
    Key Cast
    Doctors, Let There Be Animal
  • Russell Barnett
    Key Cast
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Wonder Woman 1984
  • Emmy Happisburgh
    Key Cast
    Casualty, Flamingo Blues
  • Severija Bielskyte
    Key Cast
    Back, Youngblood
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K iPhone 8
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Director Biography - Anthony Z James

Anthony was born in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, in 1989 during the last year of the Soviet occupation and discovered the passion for visual storytelling while studying traditional drawing at the National Art School.

In 2011 Anthony graduated Westminster Film School as the Art Director of the Student Oscar-winning short 'For Elsie' and entered the industry as a storyboard artist, collaborating with visionary directors Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, John Hillcoat and Tarsem.

Since 2004 Anthony directed over a dozen shorts, including 'The Roof' (2014), which after premiering at Raindance got picked up for distribution by Shorts International, as well as 'Day One' (2016), Official Selection at Miami Independent Film Festival and Award Winner at Canada Shorts, which was developed into his debut feature 'Ghost'.

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Director Statement

Since losing my father a few years ago I was compelled to tell a story about my relationship with him through the lens of a gritty crime drama, the kind of a movie he loved the most. Initially, we made a short Day One, but after witnessing an exceptional performance by the lead actor Anthony Mark Streeter, I felt determined to explore his character and story on a larger canvas of a feature.

In the spirit of John Cassavetes, I decided to make the movie in a genuine DIY guerrilla style, which really suited the tale about a down-and-out ex-con and provided creative freedom for the actors. All the fineries I became accustomed to at the film school fell away - my main goal was to tell a coherent narrative by capturing engaging performances. I believe this focus and bare-bones approach was the key to giving this story a beating heart.