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The Wind and the Whimpering

Confined between man and animal, Toad struggles to understand the justification for his existence. Saturated with the monotony of honest marshland work, his dormant hungers are awoken and he desperately tries to hold together the fraying edges of his identity.

  • Laurence McManus
  • Laurence McManus
  • Laurence McManus
  • Jessica Benson
  • Arlo Carter
    Key Cast
  • William Wolfe Hogan
    Key Cast
    "Uncle Newt"
  • Paul Brodie
    Key Cast
    "Mister Weasel"
  • Judyta Potocka
    Director of Photography
  • Freyja Pakarinen
    1st Assistant Director
  • George Lowe
    Sound Designer and Recordist
  • Heather Denyer
    Makeup Designer
  • Andie Scott
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy, Absurdist
  • Runtime:
    33 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 2k
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Prishtina International Film Festival
    September 23, 2022
    Regional Premiere
    Official Selection
  • BIDEODROMO Internacional Experimental Film and Video Festival
    October 31, 2022
    Spanish Premiere
    Official Selection / Semi-Finalist
  • Cinergo International Film Festival
    October 1, 2022
    Greek Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Insomnia Film Festival
    June 24, 2022
    Finnish Premiere
    Best Fiction Short
  • Crossing The Screen International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    January 28, 2022
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
    United States
    January 27, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Angaelica
    Pasadena, California
    United Kingdom
    August 25, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Retro Avant Garde Film Festival
    September 1, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Laurence McManus

Raised in the New Forest, the strange-hoods and art of rural England were formative in Laurence's growth as a filmmaker. He has written and directed short films, experimental projects for exhibition and online series for the British Comedy Guide. In 2021, he wrote and directed The Wind and the Whimpering, a medium-length fiction which screened across Europe. Laurence directed Tuptuś, a poetry short produced in Poland in 2022 and he is now based in Kraków, in script development for a feature screenplay.

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Director Statement

Our actors needed to embody an ever-present confliction, an internalised terrifying truth. A secret which they don’t understand but lies heavily on their sense of self. Despite the constant fear of reprisals from the reality they exist within, our two primary characters take solace in their time together. They have each-other, they have their pleasures and this brings them true relief. The ridiculosity of the marsh permeates through the narrative to the performances, design, lighting and atmosphere and is in some ways quite stark. Together, we made an episode of lunacy with its feet in the mud of English fantasticalism; an absurd abstraction of Victorian literature; a film about closeness and loneliness.