Wasps, Sharks & Vending Machines

A seemingly mundane conversation in a London jazz bar compels an arrogant psychologist to face up to his own phobia.

  • Kew Lin
    Uncle Goose Waits For A Phone Call
  • Kew Lin
    Love Possibly
  • John Somerville
  • Daniel Knight
    Key Cast
    Call the Midwife, Beautiful in the Morning, Emmerdale Farm
  • Shaun Stone
    Key Cast
    EastEnders, Holby City
  • Brendan Harvey
    Director of Photography
  • Daniel Sonabend
    Original Music
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Geelong Pride Film Festival
    March 31, 2022
    World Premiere
  • PRIDEFILM.online

    February 20, 2022
  • Screener Short Films
    United Kingdom
    Honorable Mention
  • KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
    June 12, 2022
    Asian Premiere
    Asian Premiere
  • Out! Mostra de Cinema LGBTIQ+ de les Illes Balears
    Balearic Islands
    June 15, 2022
    European Premiere
  • Queer 2 Queer Fest
    McKinney, Texas
    United States
    July 2, 2022
    North American Premiere
  • Flip the Script Fest
    United States
    October 8, 2022
  • Deep Fried Film Festival
    North Lanarkshire
    United Kingdom
    September 4, 2022
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • Big Syn International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 23, 2022
    London Premiere
    Marginalised UK - Ethnic Minority Winner
  • London City Film Awards
    United Kingdom
    November 12, 2022
    Best LGBT Film
  • Cine Circle Filmmaking Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 23, 2022
  • CineCrowd Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 25, 2022
    Best Short Film & Best Director
  • Beijing Queer Film Festival
    February 17, 2023
    Chinese Premiere
    Best Foreign Language Short Films Collection & Short Films Collection: Propaganda Another
Director Biography - Kew Lin

Kew Lin is a Singaporean writer-director with the attitude of a contrarian and an obsession for absurdity. He has recently co-written British feature film Love Possibly, which premiered at Raindance Film Festival and notably received the Best Screenplay award at the Sochi International Film Festival.

His latest STOREYS x IMDA supported short film Uncle Goose Waits For A Phone Call starred local Teochew veteran Chen Shucheng and was screened at SeaShorts, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival and the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Outside of narrative filmmaking, Kew is passionate about the Chinese language and culture. Fluent in Mandarin, he has travelled to China to make ethnographic documentaries. His credits as visual effects artist include Interstellar, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Bridge of Spies, Spectre and The Hunger Games series.

Kew Lin is currently developing his debut feature film.

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Director Statement

Shot by the River Thames in London, “Wasps, Sharks & Vending Machines” is a chamber piece about facing one’s irrational fear — something so unnecessary yet so palpable — something that we all want to conceal with a huge amount of bravado and anger.

Jarvis is an eloquent raconteur who is quick to criticise the irrational fears of others, while Connor patiently challenges and dismantles his ramblings. I think all of us can see ourselves in either one of the two characters.

Through the three quirky anecdotes presented in “Wasps, Sharks & Vending Machines”, I hope that my audience can think about how our fears are nothing more than a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth, and that a listening ear must never be mistaken for docility.

Section 377A is a law in my hometown of Singapore that criminalises sex between consenting male adults — and it has been repealed this year. It is one of the only times, if not the only time, that our government addressed the topic of homosexuality to his people. There is possibly no better time than now to tell even more queer-themed stories, and normalise the subject in the world of cinema!