The Vanishing Killer

A detective investigates the murder of a woman’s husband after the killer escaped with no possible way out…

  • Kyle Simms
  • Kyle Simms
  • Jill Lampert
    The Bench (dir. John Pegg)
  • Richard Constable
    Key Cast
    "Lake Rutherford"
  • Kayleigh Chapmalin
    Key Cast
    "Charlotte Chester"
  • Michael Porter
    Key Cast
    "Will Chester"
  • Carl Foster
    Key Cast
    "Mark Chester"
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    Dark comedy, Thriller, Suspense, Sci-fi, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 48 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Kyle Simms

Kyle Simms is a self-taught photographer and videographer, with over five years of experience in capturing and editing high-quality videos and images.
Kyle's educational background includes a degree in Creative Writing with Film & Television studies from the University of Derby. During his time there, he honed his skills and nurtured his aspirations of becoming a screenwriter and filmmaker.
Following his graduation, Kyle worked as a videographer, video editor, and social media manager for a small business based in Derby. The company specialised in business mentorship and producing podcasts, providing Kyle with opportunities to further develop his videomaking abilities. Over the course of his tenure, he produced over 40 full-length and short-form videos, collectively amassing more than 25,000 views on YouTube.
Currently based in Birmingham, Kyle continues to pursue his passion for photography and filmmaking while working a full-time administrative job. As a freelance photographer, he has had the privilege of capturing a diverse range of public and private events, including outdoor play spaces, wedding receptions, and concerts.
In addition to his freelance work, Kyle is an active member of the Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers. Within this community, he has contributed his talents as a camera operator, assistant director, and editor on various short film projects. Furthermore, Kyle has also been involved in behind-the-scenes work for a feature film and documentary.

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Director Statement

The film was originally conceived as part of a creative challenge presented by the Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers. Members had to incorporate three lines from a comedy film of their choice into a short film. I chose lines from 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004) directed by Edgar Wright and I wrote the script in October 2022. Following some unexpected delays, we shot 'The Vanishing Killer' in February 2023. As the challenge had passed, the chosen lines from 'Shaun of the Dead' were tweaked, but Edgar Wright's storytelling remains an influence.