Chris and Peter - two middle-aged, middle managers - share a daily motorway commute through Lancashire to their humdrum office jobs. But when Peter reminisces about his idyllic childhood in Blackpool, they plot an escape; to bunk off work and spend a day in ‘the Vegas of the North’.

  • Maryam Ghorbankarimi
    Ties (2005)
  • Anthony Povah
    A Cheat's Guide to Time Travel (2019)
  • Anthony Povah
  • Maryam Ghorbankarimi
  • Anthony Povah
  • Steven Greenwood
  • Steve Fairclough
    Key Cast
  • Lewis Charlesworth
    Key Cast
  • Bina Film
    Production Company
  • Maryam Ghorbankarimi
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    14 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
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    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Maryam Ghorbankarimi, Anthony Povah

Based in the North West of England, Anthony describes his passion for writing as a ‘hobby that got out of control’ after he was selected for the New Writing North Significant Ink development programme and reached the finals of the BBC Drama Room scheme in 2017.

Since then, Anthony’s work has been selected by numerous screenwriting contests and film festivals across the globe, reaching the finals of the Nantucket Film Festival - Tony Cox Screenplay Competition and the Fresh Voices Competition in 2020. He was also a semifinalist at the 5th Filmmatic Drama Screenplay Awards, the 2018 ScreenCraft Shorts Competition, and selected for the 2019 HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition.

Anthony writes for TV, radio and film, and co-produced his debut short film in 2019. He is currently script consulting on a film project, and working on a conspiracy thriller.


Maryam Ghorbankarimi is born and raised in Iran in a filmmaking family. Maryam is a filmmaker and film scholar and she is currently a lecturer in film practice at Lancaster University, UK. Maryam has many years of experience as director and producer of short films and has worked professionally as an editor for 20 years on both short and long format films.

She has completed her PhD in film studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and her dissertation was published as a book entitled A Colourful Presence: The Evolution of Women’s Representation in Iranian Cinema (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). Her current research is on transnational cinemas and cultures, specifically the representation of gender and sexuality in Iranian cinema. Her forthcoming edited volume on seminal Iranian female filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, ReFocus: The Works of Rakhshan Banietemad will be published in spring 2021 (Edinburgh University Press).

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Director Statement

Have you ever dreamed of escaping the daily grind? Or about the life you could’ve lived?

Chris and Peter - two middle-aged, middle managers - share a daily motorway commute through Lancashire to their ordinary office jobs. But when rare sunny weather prompts Peter to reminisce about his teenage escapades in Blackpool, it sparks an idea. What if - just for a day - they could escape their humdrum lives by bunking off work to enjoy everything ‘the Vegas of the North’ has to offer?

Set and shot in beautiful North West England, SLOTS is a story commuters everywhere will relate to. A dream of escaping routine and responsibility for a day, and ultimately learning that joy can be found in the smallest of things and strangest of places.

Based on the award winning script by Anthony Povah and featuring music by Animal Collective, SLOTS is the first film from Canadian/Iranian producer Maryam Ghorbankarimi under the reborn Bina Film brand.

Script Awards:
• 2020 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival - Finalist
• 2020 Fresh Voices Shorts Competition - Finalist
• 2020 Filmmatic Screenplay Awards - Semifinalist
• 2019 HollyShorts Film Festival - Selected and Quarterfinalist
• 2018 ScreenCraft Shorts - Semifinalist

SLOTS was shot during the Covid pandemic and cast and crew adhered to all UK Government safety guidelines current during production.