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Carl is forced to confront his idea of masculinity when an obsession with a mysterious member of his badminton club spirals out of control.

  • Tommy Gillard
    Cut From Cloth, Rhapsody in Blood, Under the Barrel
  • Tommy Gillard
    Cut From Cloth, Rhapsody in Blood, Nowhere Place
  • Ashleigh Powell
    Gloria, Odd Girls
  • Simeon Costello
    Cut From Cloth, Fort Box, Bus Stories
  • Tom Greaves
    Key Cast
    Offline Dating, Lock In, Peter Rabbit
  • Niall Kiely
    Key Cast
    "Morgan Silk"
  • Sam Morgan
    Key Cast
    Pine, Daisy, Tinker
  • Alexander Pearn
    Key Cast
    Cut From Cloth, Wheel of Sacrifice, Nowhere Place
  • James Cotter
    Key Cast
    World War Z, Skins, Borley Rectory
  • Boris Hallvig (Cinematographer)
    Camera Department
    Cut From Cloth, Rhapsody in Blood, Under the Barrel
  • Freddy Mercer (Composer)
    Sound & Music Department
    Breakwater, Before I Go, Bus Stories
  • James Morgan (Sound Designer)
    Sound & Music Department
    Top Boy, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Mr. Selfridge,
  • Stan White (Sound Recordist)
    Sound & Music Department
    Free Fire, In Fabric, Happy New Year Colin Burstead
  • Hannah Kate Marshall
    Hair & Makeup
    Bridget Jones Baby, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Let's Roll
  • Charis Cherry
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Odd Girls, Gloria
  • Lyris Richards
    Art Director
    Rite of Man
  • Liz Harris
    Location Manager
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sport, Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Two Short Nights (work in progress screening)
    United Kingdom
    November 29, 2019
    World Premiere
    Audience Choice Award
  • Actors East Film Festival (work in progress screening)
    United Kingdom
    March 6, 2020
    Audience Choice Award
  • BFI London Film Festival

    United Kingdom
    October 7, 2020
    Online Premiere
    Best Short Film
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival

    United Kingdom
    November 3, 2020
    Best Comedy Nominee

    United Kingdom
    November 6, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Cornwall Film Festival

    United Kingdom
    December 12, 2020
    Best South West Regional Short
  • English Riviera Film Festival

    United Kingdom
    November 28, 2020
    Best Film, Best Cinematography, English Riviera Film Festival Award
  • London Film Week

    United Kingdom
    December 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Leuven International Short Film Festival

    December 5, 2020
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • London Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    January 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Manchester International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 13, 2021
    Manchester Premiere
    Official Selection
  • On The Pulse
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2021
    Northern Irish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • British Shorts
    August 6, 2021
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival
    August 7, 2021
    Ukrainian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Adventure Cinema Film & Food Fest
    Liverpool, Bournemouth, Wolverhampton
    United Kingdom
    September 9, 2021
    Liverpool, Bournemouth, Wolverhampton Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Pink Panorama
    September 15, 2021
    Swiss Premiere
  • GAZE
    September 29, 2021
    Irish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Athens International Video and Film Festival
    United States
    October 23, 2021
    North American Premiere
  • accordi @ DISACCORDI
    November 16, 2021
    Italian Premiere
Director Biography - Tommy Gillard

Tommy Gillard is a Devon-based writer and director. Having previously worked as a graphic designer, he has spent the last 5 years as the Creative Manager of an international brand, alongside working on feature films and creating personal short-form work.

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Director Statement

Badminton and masculinity. To me, no two words feel more synonymous. Tight gripping of rackets. Strong lunging calf muscles. The hard smashing of shuttlecocks.

My relationship with masculinity has always been introspecting. I come from a family of tradesmen, and having a fascination with the arts at a young age often felt like a dichotomy of manliness. As my family inadvertently nurtured me into a typically male mould, curiosity in the arts allowed me to explore a personal definition of what it means to be a man.

This contrast between how men feel and how men feel they should be is what I wanted to explore in Shuttlecock. After putting individual ideas of masculinity under the microscope, I aimed to question what it means to be a modern man and how the social ideas around gender have changed over the last 30 years. I wanted to interrogate how someone who subscribes to traditional male values would struggle to accept society's evolving attitudes towards gender.

To do this, I placed my story in the manliest, most testosterone-fuelled sport I could find. Badminton.

I knew my story needed to be in the sports film genre. I chose badminton as a sport I rarely saw on film, but also one that didn't seem typically associated with masculine values to allow space for comedy. Having a men's only club created an all-male microcosm, exaggerating the ridiculousness of the alpha-male mindset presented. To articulate this alpha-male mindset of the protagonist, I chose a 1970s aesthetic, rooting the story to his past-tense worldview and riffing off popular manly genre films of the time.

I knew there was one crucial component in crafting a film all about men. Women. Working with an all-male screen presence, I insisted Shuttlecock had a 50/50 gender split in production roles.