I aim to create powerful imagery to tell an exciting, entertaining story with a bit of a strange spin added to make the audience think.
Mark Brocking has been working in the film industry since around 1990. He started his career in 2D animation working on features for Disney, Warner brothers and Spielberg among others. Around 2003 he entered the field of CG animation at Framestore London, working his way up to Supervising Animator on films such as Narnia The Dawn Treader and Where the Wild Things Are. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his work as Animation Director on tv series "Primeval 2" in 2009.
Mark started writing and directing short films in 2010 which has so far resulted in three short films, "The Barber's Cut" 2014, "The Double Cross" 2016 and “Ascent” in 2018. Mark's films have been screened in over 150 festivals worldwide and have won more that 70 international awards. He lives in London, UK with his wife and 2 children.
Official Selection
Ascent
INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
New York, USA
2019
Silver Medal Best Cinematography Silver Medal Best Costume Bronze Medal Best Original Score
Ascent
Global Independent Film Awards
2019
Semi-Finalist Selection
Ascent
Sands Film Festival
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
2019
WINNER Best Silent Film
The Double Cross
Crown Wood International Film Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2019
Official Selection
Ascent
Red Dirt Film Festival
Edmond, OK, USA
2019
Official Selection
Ascent
Dumbo Film Festival
New York, USA
2019
Official Selection
Ascent
North Europe IFF
London, UK
2019
Semi Finalist selection
Ascent
Hollywood Screenings Film Festival
Hollywood, CA, USA
2019
Official Selection
Ascent
Chandler International Film Festival
Chandler, AZ, USA
2019
Official Selection
Ascent
Gold Movie Awards
London, UK
2018
WINNER Best Narrative Short Film
Ascent
Directors Circle Festival of Shorts
Erie, PA, USA
2018
Semi Finalist Selection
Ascent
American Film Arts Awards
New York
2018
Nominated BEST DIRECTOR
Ascent
Freedom Shorts XVIII Film Festival
Philadelphia, USA
2018
Official Selection
Ascent
MED Film Festival
Siracusa, Sicily
2018
Official Selection
Ascent
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Palm Springs, CA, USA
2018
Official Selection
Ascent
That Film Life Festival
London, UK
2018
WINNER Best Film July 2018
Ascent
CFK International Film Festival
Swindon, UK
2018
Semi Finalist Selection
Ascent
Independant Talents International FF
Bloomington, IN, USA
2018
Winner Best Long- Short Film June 2018
Ascent
Berlin Flash Film Festival
Berlin
2018
WINNER GOLD AWARD
Ascent
Spotlight Short Film Awards
Atlanta, Georgia
2018
Official Selection
Ascent
Oniros Film Awards
Aosta, Valle d'Aosta
2018
Official Selection
Ascent
Bluestocking Film Series
Maine
2018
Official Selection
Ascent
DANCES WITH FILMS
Los Angeles, Chinese Theatres
2018
WINNER Gold Award Best Short Film
Ascent
California Film Awards
San Diego, CA, USA
2018
WINNER Best Silent Film June 2018
The Double Cross
Oniros Film Awards
Aosta, Italy
2018
WINNER Best Horror and Best Editing
The Barber's Cut
Hellfire Film Festival
Folkestone
2018
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Spooky Empire's International Horror Film Festival
Orlando, FLORIDA, USA
2018
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Horror Film Thursdays
Wilsonville, OREGON, USA
2018
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Horror of Damned Festival
Milan, Italy
2018
WINNER Best Special Effects
The Barber's Cut
Things 2 Fear Film Fest
Bunker Hill, WV, USA
2018
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Summer Scream Fest
Marietta, OH, USA
2018
Honourable Mention Best Make up / SFX
The Barber's Cut
Spook Screen FF
Cork, Ireland
2018
Official selection
The Barber's Cut
World Film Fair
New York, USA
2018
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Sunrise 45 Film Festival
Nova Scotia, Canada
2018
WINNER Best VFX, Nominated for Best Director
The Barber's Cut
Oregon Scream Week
Wilsonville, OR
2018
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Door County Short Film Festival
Sister Bay, WI
2018
WINNER Best Horror/Thriller and WINNER Best Screenplay
The Barber's Cut
Big Easy International Film Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
2017
WINNER BEST OF SHOW
The Barber's Cut
WWA - Web Series & Short Film Competition
Online Festival / Awards Event
2017
WINNER BEST FILM
The Barber's Cut
Horror Avenue Film Festival
Mattoon, Illinois
2017
WINNER Best Editing
The Barber's Cut
Okotoks Film Festival
Alberta
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Idaho Laugh Fest
Boise, ID
2017
WINNER Best Screenwriter & Best Editor plus 3 more Nominations
The Barber's Cut
Short Stop International Film Festival
Iasi
2017
WINNER Best VFX in a Short or Feature Film
The Barber's Cut
Something Wicked Film Festival
Forest Park, GA
2017
WINNER Best Short Horror Comedy and WINNER Best Art Direction
The Barber's Cut
American Filmatic Arts Awards
New York, NY
2017
WINNER Best VFX and WINNER Most Creative Awards
The Barber's Cut
Cambodia Horrific Film Festival
Phnom Penh, Kandal
2017
WINNER Great Use of Practical FX
The Barber's Cut
Horror Hullabaloo Film Fest
Glasgow, Scotland
2017
Semi Finalist Selection
The Double Cross
Hollywood Screenings Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
2017
WINNER Best Horror Director and Best VFX, Nominated forBest short and Best Edit
The Barber's Cut
Anatomy: Crime - Horror International Film Festival
Agios Dimitrios, Athens
2017
WINNER Best Fright/Horror WINNER Audience Choice Fright/Horror Overall
The Barber's Cut
Rincon International Film Festival
Rincon, PR
2017
Finalist Selection
The Barber's Cut
Muybridge Short Film Festival
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Average Superstar Films
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Transylvania Cinema Awards
Targu Mures, Mures
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival
Oak Creek, WI
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival
Edison, New Jersey
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Landshut International Short Film Festival
Landshut
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Fantastic Cinema Film Festival
Little Rock, AR
2017
Nominated for Best Horror Comedy
The Barber's Cut
Cinemafantastique 3
Vancouver, BC
2017
Nominated for Best International Horror, Best SFX and Best Ensemble Cast
The Barber's Cut
Horror Films in Hotlanta
Marietta, GA
2017
Semi-Finalist Selection
The Barber's Cut
Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
The Lost Sanity Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival
Hoboken, NJ
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival
Bay City, MI
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Sin City Horror Fest
Las Vegas, Nevada
2017
Competition Finalist
The Double Cross
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
Kolkata, West Bengal
2017
Nominated for Best Comedy
The Double Cross
Family Film Festival
Orem, UT
2017
WINNER Honourable Mention Award Best Comedy short
The Double Cross
Lionshead Film Festival
Dallas, TX
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Cinerockom International Film Festival
Malibu, CA
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Death By Festival
Austin, TX
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
TOHorror Film Fest
Torino
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Midwest Horror Fest
Logansport, IN
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Dead in Decatur FF
Decatur, Illinois
2017
Nominated for Best Director and Original Screenplay
The Barber's Cut
Terror In The Bay Film Festival
Thunder Bay, Ontario
2017
Finalist Selection
The Barber's Cut
DarkVeins Horror Fest
Maglie, Lecce
2017
WINNER Best Ensemble Cast
The Double Cross
Best Actors Film Festival
San Francisco, California
2017
WINNER Best Foreign Comedy
The Double Cross
International Family Film Festival
Burbank, California
2017
Winner Best Original Score
The Double Cross
Feel The Reel International Film Festival
Glasgow, Scotland
2017
WINNER Diamond Award
The Double Cross
California Film Awards
San Diego, CA
2017
WINNER Best Score
The Double Cross
Red Dirt International Film Festival
Edmond, OK
2017
WINNER of Diploma of Honour
The Double Cross
NOFI, International Festival of New and Original Films
Glendale, CA
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Dorking Film Festival 
Epsom, KT
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
UK Screen One International Film Festival
Leicester
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Chautauqua International Film Festival
Jamestown, New York
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
GardenCity International Film Festival
Bangalore, Karnataka
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival
Boulder, CO
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Okotoks Film Festival
Okotoks, Alberta
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
New York, NY
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival  
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2017
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Anglicon’s Anglophile Film Festival
Bellevue, WA
2017
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Desmond District Demons Film Festival
Port Huron, MI
2017
Charity Event
The Barber's Cut
Die Laughing Festival
Soho House, London
2016
WINNER Best Actor James Northcote
The Double Cross
Ramunas Atelier International Independent Film Awards
Mickūnai, Vilnius
2016
WINNER Best Period Piece
The Double Cross
HollyShorts Film Festival
Sherman Oaks, California
2016
WINNER Best Cinematography in a Short film, Nominated Best Comedy and Jury Award
The Barber's Cut
International Filmmaker Festival Of World Cinema London
London, England
2016
WINNER Spring Bronze Award
The Double Cross
FAMEUS International Film Festival
Hollywood, CA
2016
WINNER Best Styling in film, WINNER Special mention prize
The Double Cross
The New Classic Cinema Film Festival
Seattle
2016
WINNER Best International Short Film
The Double Cross
Texas Ultimate shorts
Texas
2016
Nominated for Best Short Comedy
The Double Cross
Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
iChill film fest
Sampaloc, Manila
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Interurban Film Festival
Sherman, Texas
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
High Desert International Film Festival
Pahrump, Nevada
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Albany Film Fest
Albany, CA
2016
Nomination for Best Actor
The Double Cross
Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Wolves Independent International Film Awards
Indubakia
2016
Nominated for Best Music
The Double Cross
The Smoky Mountain Film Festival
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
L-DUB Film Festival
Lake Worth, FL
2016
Nominated for Best Story
The Double Cross
International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice
Nice, South of France
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Sydney World Film Festival
Sydney
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Ukrainian International Short Film Festival
Kiev
2016
Nominated for Best Screenplay
The Double Cross
Largo Film Awards
Geneva
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Kyiv Film Festival
Kiev
2016
Nominated for Best Horror Short,
The Barber's Cut
Bloodstained Indie Film Festival: Sci-Fi Horror Action
Long Beach, CA
2016
Nominated for Best Horror Film
The Barber's Cut
Big As Texas Short Film Festival
Austin, TX
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
PANAMA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
BELLAVISTA, PANAMA
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Toronto Indie Horror Festival
Toronto,ON
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
POST MORTEM FF
Aguascalientes
2016
Nominated for Best SFX
The Barber's Cut
DiabolicalHorrorFilmFestival
2016
Finalist Selection
The Barber's Cut
The Optical Theatre Horror Film Festival
Rome
2016
Nominated Best Screenwriter
The Barber's Cut
TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
Glasgow, Scotland
2016
Nominated Best of Show Short Films
The Barber's Cut
Muscatine Independent Film Festival
Muscatine, IA
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Little Terrors Short Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
SFindie's "Another Hole in the Head" Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
2016
Nominated for Best Short Comedy
The Double Cross
Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Icelandic Horror Film Festival 2016
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Big Fandom Film Festival
Greenville, SC
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Afterlife Paranormal Conference & Film Festival
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
2016
Grand Final Selection
The Barber's Cut
Hellfire Film Festival
Folkestone, Kent
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Nightmares Film Festival
Columbus, OH
2016
WINNER Best Foreign Horror Comedy
The Barber's Cut
Upstate NY Horror Film Festival
Rochester, NY
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
The Los Angeles Fear and Fantasy Film Festival
Burbank, CA
2016
Nominated for Best Short, Best Short Director and Best Cinematography
The Barber's Cut
International Filmmaker Festival Of World Cinema MILAN
Milano
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Ottawa Spookshow Film Festival
Ottawa, ON
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
Fargo, ND
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Halloween Apalooza 2016
Ottumwa, IA
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Scare-A-Con Film Festival
Liverpool, NY
2016
Nominated for Best Short Comedy, Jury, Best Hair & Make up
The Barber's Cut
Berlin/Tenerife International Film Festival
Berlin, Brandenburg
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival
Milford, MI
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Scream in the Dark Film Festival & Hall of Fame
Omaha, NE
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
The Great Yorkshire Fringe
York
2016
Nominated for Best Foreign Short, Best FX and Best Poster
The Barber's Cut
Austin Revolution Film Festival
Austin, TX
2016
WINNER Rising Star Award
The Double Cross
Henley Film Festival
Henley on Thames, Oxon
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Atlanta Shortsfest
Atlanta, Georgia
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Idaho Horror Film Festival
Boise, ID
2016
Nominated Best Comedy Short
The Barber's Cut
Snake Alley Festival Of Film
Burlington, IA
2016
Nominated Best Comedy Short
The Barber's Cut
FilmQuest 2016
Provo, Utah
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Studio 35 Cinema Comedy Film Festival
Columbus, Ohio
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
The Northwest Horror show
Vancouver, BC
2016
WINNER place 6 out of 82 films Audience Award
The Barber's Cut
Reel Shorts Film Festival
Grande Prairie Live Theatre, Alberta
2016
Nominated Best Film
The Barber's Cut
Lucky Th1rt3en Horror Short Film Competition
Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
BoneBat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest
Redmond, WA
2016
5 Nominations incl. Best Film
The Barber's Cut
International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice
Nice, South of France
2016
WINNER Semi Final Selection
The Barber's Cut
GSF Awards
New York, NY
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Meters Film Festival
New York, NY
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Love your Shorts
Sanford, Florida
2016
WINNER Finalist Award
The Double Cross
Canadian & International Short Film Fest
2016
WINNER Best Short film
The Barber's Cut
Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
Toronto, ON
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
London Shows International Film festival
London, England
2016
WINNER Best Horror
The Barber's Cut
London Discover Film Festival
London, England
2016
WINNER Best Editing
The Barber's Cut
World Horror Con Film Festival
Salt Lake City, Utah
2016
WINNER The Bloody Judge Award by Gregg Hale
The Barber's Cut
Portland Horror Film Festival
Portland, Oregon
2016
WINNER Best CGI FX and nominated for Best Practical FX
The Barber's Cut
Shiver International Film Festival
Ontario
2016
WINNER Best Horror Musical Short
The Barber's Cut
Dazed for Horror Film Festival
Texas
2016
Nomination for Best Comedy and Best SFX
The Barber's Cut
Macabre Faire Film Festival
Mastic Beach, NY
2016
WINNER Best Digital Effects
The Barber's Cut
HorrorHaus Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2016
WINNER Best International Horror Comedy
The Barber's Cut
The Taupo Halloween Film Festival
Taupo
2016
WINNER Best Director and WINNER Best Actor in a Short Film
The Barber's Cut
Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival
London, England
2016
WINNER Best Short Film
The Barber's Cut
Bloody Horror International Film Festival
2016
WINNER Best of Fest and Best Director, Nominated for Best Actor and Best Cinematography
The Barber's Cut
Feel The Reel International Film Festival
Glasgow, Scotland
2016
WINNER Best Foreign Scare
The Barber's Cut
Twisted Horror Picture Show
Oklahoma City, OK
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Mile High Horror Film Festival
Littleton, Colorado
2016
WINNER BRITISH HORROR AWARD 2016
The Barber's Cut
British Horror Film Festival
London, England
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Golden Knight Malta International Film Festival
Marsa
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Marcellus Movie Madness Family FF
Marcellus, NY
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Comedy Short Video Contest
Missoula, MT
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
EyeCatcher International Film Festival
McAlester, OK
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Fargo Fantastic Film Festival
Fargo,ND
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville,North Carolina
2016
Nominated for Best Director and Best Actress
The Barber's Cut
Vaughan Film Festival
Vaughan, Ontario
2016
WINNER Best Male Performance, Lewis Georgsson
The Barber's Cut
ACME COMEDY FILM NIGHT
Los Angeles, CA
2016
WINNER Best Comedic Horror Film plus 5 more Nominations
The Barber's Cut
Mad Town Horror
Madison, MI
2016
WINNER BEST FX
The Barber's Cut
HorrorQuest Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia
2016
WINNER Best Horror
The Barber's Cut
Crystal Palace International Film Festival
London, England
2016
Finalist for Grand screening at the prestigious Cinema Museum
The Barber's Cut
Misty Moon International Film Festival
London, England
2016
WINNER Best Short Film
The Barber's Cut
POP NINJA online Horror Short Film Festival
Lake Charles, Louisiana
2016
WINNER Award of Excellence
The Barber's Cut
Canadian & International Short Film Fest
2016
WINNER 2nd Place Best Film
The Barber's Cut
StoneFair International Film Festival
Piatra-Neamt
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Atlanta Shortsfest
Atlanta, Georgia
2016
Nominated for Best short Comedy
The Double Cross
Naperville Independent Film Festival
Naperville, Illinois
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
WV FILMmakers Festival
Sutton, WV
2016
Official Selection
The Double Cross
Athens International Short Film Festival
Kipseli, Athens
2016
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Southern Gothicon
El Dorado, AR
2016
Official selection
The Barber's Cut
Busho Budapest Film Festival
Budapest
2015
5 Nominations including Best Short Film
The Barber's Cut
Golden Door International Film
New Jersey
2015
WINNER of Merit Special Mention: Film Short
The Barber's Cut
Accolade Global Film Competition 2015
2015
Runner up in the Best Sc-Fi Short category
The Barber's Cut
Fright Night Theatre Film Festival
Hamilton, ON
2015
Official selection
The Barber's Cut
Dark Matters Film Festival
Albuquerque, NM
2015
Official selection
The Barber's Cut
InShort Film Festival
London, England
2015
Official selection
The Barber's Cut
Colorado Horror Con & Halloween Film Festival
Highlands Ranch, CO
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
The Hamilton Comedy Film Festival
Hamilton, ON
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Sunrise Film Festival
River John, Nova Scotia
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Dark Frame Film Festival
Albuquerque, NM
2015
WINNER Best Director Honorable Mention and 9 nominations
The Barber's Cut
Terror Film festival
Malvern, PA
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest
San Juan, PR
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Sacramento Horror Film Festival
Sacramento, CA
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Martinsville Horrorfest
Martinsville, VA
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Midwest Horror Shorts Film Festival
Oklahoma City
2015
WINNER Best Screenplay
The Barber's Cut
Unreal Film Festival
Memphis, TM, U.S.A.
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
Horrorvision Trash Film Festival
Barcelona
2015
Nominated for Best Comedic Short
The Barber's Cut
Portland Underground Film Fest
Portland, Oregon
2015
Nominated Best Horror Film
The Barber's Cut
Erie International Film Festival
Erie, Pennsylvania
2015
WINNER Funniest Horror Comedy
The Barber's Cut
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
San Diego, CA, U.S.A
2015
WINNER Best Director and 3 nominations
The Barber's Cut
Horror in the Hills
Tennesee, U.S.
2015
WINNER Best Horror Short
The Barber's Cut
Directors Circle Festival of Shorts
Erie, PA
2015
WINNER Best Director, Best CGI, Best Foreign Comedy Short
The Barber's Cut
Fright Night Film Fest
Louisville, KY
2015
WINNER Best Screenplay
The Barber's Cut
Unreal Film Festival
Memphis, TN
2015
WINNER Best Short in the Festival Award
The Barber's Cut
Henley Film Festival
Henley on Thames
2015
WINNER Claw Award, Best Director Honorable Mention plus 8 nominations
The Barber's Cut
Terror Film Festival
Malvern, PA, U.S.A.
2015
WINNER Best Original Concept, WINNER Best Actress
The Barber's Cut
MAC Festival
Manaus,Brazil
2015
WINNER Best Foreign Comedy Short, WINNER Best Actor, WINNER Best Actress, WINNER Best Director, WINNER Best Cinematography
The Barber's Cut
Fright Night Film Fest
Louisville, KY, U.S.A.
2015
Official Selection
The Barber's Cut
NY Comedy Shorts Film Festival
NEW YORK
2015
WINNER Silver Award Spotlight Short Film, WINNER Silver Award Spotlight Horror Short Film
The Barber's Cut
Spotlight short film awards 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
WINNER Gold Award
The Double Cross
Spotlight short film awards 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
Current City
London, England
Gender
Male
I aim to create powerful imagery to tell an exciting, entertaining story with a bit of a strange spin added to make the audience think.