Grandad & The Pier

This beautiful, charming, cinematic documentary captures an ambitious project with over 130 years of history at its foundations.

On a small island in the middle of the Irish sea, a giant derelict pier juts out into the rough sea.

Closed for decades, now the pier is getting a new lease of life thanks to a defiant, social-media savvy elderly population building something for the next generation.

A wind-swept, tea-soaked, heart-warming film about community, hope and leaving a legacy beyond our years.

“It’s the people’s pier!” declares Grandad Biff. “It’s got to survive. We’re going to do it!”

  • Reuben Armstrong
  • Jamie Neale
    Director of Photography
  • Ciaron Gray
    Drone Pilot
  • Jamie Frye
    Sound Recordist
  • Dave Armstrong
    Sound Recordist
  • Jim Donaldson
    Sound Recordist
  • Jim Burke
  • Reuben Armstrong
  • Reuben Armstrong
  • Jamie Frye
  • Fireater Letterpress
    Title Design
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  • Genres:
    Documentary, Community, British
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Isle of Man
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Director Biography - Reuben Armstrong

Reuben is a tall man making short films.

Eclectic and diverse, full of energy, craft and a mixed-media aesthetic, each of his films shine a light on positive stories that make us feel better about the world.

His work has won a Vimeo Staff Pick, a Royal Television Society award and his work has screened at film festivals internationally, including BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

An award-winning filmmaker and animator, his work spans documentaries, promos and event visuals. Reuben has directed work for clients such as Nike, Channel 4, Cancer Research UK and the United Nations.

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Director Statement

This film has been a true labour of love and an emotional journey. An ode to my Grandad and his defiant community who refuse to be forgotten.

I hope it connects with viewers on a human level around the world as this story is all about love, life, time, place and what we leave behind us when we're gone.

Please feel free to request a special Q&A session for your festival, I would be more than happy to support you in screening the film.