Desperate to save their parents' marriage, two brothers break into a rural cabin. Their mission: to rob a mysterious man who they believe is the solution to their problem. But can love be fixed or is that just a myth?

  • Neill Prentice
  • Guðni Líndal Benediktsson
  • Suzy Dupin
  • Adam Johnston
    Key Cast
  • John Church-Fraser
    Key Cast
  • Reece Ellard
    Key Cast
  • Georgia Gill
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of Age, Drama
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 24, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,600 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Apple ProRes 4444
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Exposure
    Exposure Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    February 11, 2017
    Strangest Short (Nominee)
Director Biography - Neill Prentice

Born and raised in Inverness, Neill moved to Edinburgh to study Film and Media at Queen Margaret University. Graduating in 2013, he directed, wrote, and edited his dissertation short film If You Go Down to The Woods. Neill now studies Directing at Screen Academy Scotland and has directed three more short films and written one. With also two years of youth work experience, Neill now enjoys the opportunity to boss around people of all ages.

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Director Statement

In times of trouble, emotional upheaval, or loss, we can feel isolated and powerless. We often look for a reason or a scapegoat, but life rarely provides this. Stay follows Bobby who, upon seeing his dad in such emotional pain, decides to put into action a plan that will solve his parents marital problems and bring equilibrium back to his life. Believing the rumours of friends, he ventures deep into the woods to a decaying abode of an apparent mystical and magical being. Joined by his skeptical brother Charlie, the pair break into the house looking for answers and confront the mysterious figure, but the lesson learned isn't exactly what they expected.
As the youngest brother of three, I grew up never fully appreciating the bond between siblings until a close family bereavement. In times like these, things change, your views on the world, yourself, and life but what remains is the bond between you and your siblings and it is here where comfort and sense can be found. This is an idea I hope that comes across in Stay, as Bobby learns of the harshness of life and love but that he does not face it alone.