Scene from the Men's Toilets at a Ceilidh

It’s a family affair, and Rory (Ben Walsh) is on familiar ground. He knows each burly man who comes in for a mid-dance piss break, and his dad is playing the fiddle in the band. But Dan (Joe Sefton), his visiting boyfriend, couldn’t be further out of place – and there’s something Rory hasn’t told him. Once Rory manages to coax him out the cubicle, previously unaddressed questions over masculinity and communication are brought to the fore and their conversation unfurls into a flaming row, paused at regular intervals by urinating family friends, and incongruously underscored throughout by the rising ceilidh music coming through the wall.

  • Ben Walsh
    Key Cast
    “Rory”
  • Joe Sefton
    Key Cast
    “Dan”
  • Harrison MacNeill
    Key Cast
    “James”
  • Tim Atkin
    Key Cast
  • David Weir
    Key Cast
  • Scott Van Slyck
    Key Cast
  • David Howie
    Key Cast
  • Louis Norris
    Director
  • Amy George
    Producer
  • Stephen Allwright
    Director of Photography
  • Lily Baldwin
    Camera Assistant
  • David Erwood
    Sound Recordist
  • Isobel Houston
    Choreographer
  • Tony King
    Band
  • Ethna Prosol
    Band
  • Eileen Wilson
    Band
  • Carl Turner
    Band
  • Colm Sheppard
    Band
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance, Comedy, LGBT
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 6, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    200 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Cambridge Shorts
    Cambridge
    United Kingdom
    November 13, 2018
    Official Selection
  • fliQs
    Montreal
    Canada
    December 11, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Inshort Film Festival
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    December 27, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Dirigo International Student Film Festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    January 30, 2019
    Winner of the Best UK Film Award
  • Chennai International Short Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    February 16, 2019
    Official Selection
  • International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    March 7, 2019
    Turkish Premiere
  • Catalyst Film Festival
    Stoke-on-Trent
    United Kingdom
    March 28, 2019
  • 2019 London International Motion Picture Awards (L.I.M.P.A)
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Melbourne International Youth Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    June 1, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    Best Student Film
  • Vacouver Queer Film Festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    August 15, 2019
  • North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    Durham, NC
    United States
    August 15, 2019
    US Premiere
  • Queerbee
    London
    United Kingdom
  • Watersprite Film Festival
    Cambridge
    United Kingdom
    March 7, 2020
    Nominated for Best Screenplay
  • Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    July 19, 2019
Director Biography - Louis Norris

Louis graduated in 2018 with a degree in English from Cambridge University, where he ran the student filmmaking society and was involved in Watersprite International Student Film Festival. His films have been shown at numerous festivals worldwide, his most recent (Scene from the Men’s Toilets at a Ceilidh, 2018) winning the Best UK Film Award at the Dirigo Film Festival, Bristol, in 2019. He has worked as a trailer director and as a projection designer (in the UK and Iceland); he also has over thirty professional film and TV credits as a voice actor. He is currently based in London, working as a film researcher at the Garden Cinema.

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