Geoff Bell and Maxine Peake in Keeping Up With The Joneses
Geoff Bell and Maxine Peake in Keeping Up With The Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses

MP’s wife Celia discovers her husband’s true colours when she gets taken hostage by his criminal business associates, but both her and her kidnapper also end up learning a thing or two about themselves.

Writer: Selina Lim
Director: Michael Pearce
Producer: Megan Rubens
Cast: Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell, Adeel Akhtar, Anamaria Marinca, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Shane Zaza

Genre: Black Comedy
Running Time: 28 min
Status: Completed

Keeping Up With The Jones received a BAFTA 2014 nomination in the British Short Film category and has gone on to screen at a number of prestigious international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand and Vilnius International. Please see below for the full list of festivals and awards.

Michael Pearce, Selina Lim, Megan Rubens

Michael Pearce – Director

Michael studied Fiction Direction at the NFTS. His graduation film, Madrugada won Best Short at the Branchage Film Festival and the Royal Television Society Awards. His last short, Rite, was nominated at the 2011 BAFTA’s and BIFA’s, and won Best Short at Rushes Festival, Message2Man Film Festival and Almeria Film Festival. Michael was selected to be one of Screen International’s 2011 ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ and is developing his first feature through the TorinoFilmLab FrameWork Programme.

Selina Lim – Writer

Keeping up with the Joneses is Selina’s second screenplay commission. Her first film, Painkiller, was commissioned as part of CINEAST, a digital short film programme produced by BBC Writersroom and B3 Media. Starring Benedict Wong (Moon, Prometheus) and Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), the film previewed at Encounters Film Festival in 2011 and premiered at Rushes Soho Shorts 2012. Selina is also currently developing a feature.

Megan Rubens – Producer

NFTS graduate, Megan Rubens has produced a diverse range of content from award winning short films, Outcasts and Jenny & The Worm, to Asia’s first mulit-platform drama series, Dimensions, where she oversaw all aspects of content creation and delivery in the UK and Malaysia. Her first feature Guinea Pigs will be released later this year by Vertigo Films and she currently has three forthcoming feature projects in the pipeline for production in 2012/2013.  

Festivals and Awards:
London Film Festival, UK 2013
BAFTA 2014 nomination in the British Short Film category
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2014
London Short Film Festival 2014
Vilnius International Film Festival 2014
Sofia International Film Fest 2014
HollyShorts, USA 2014
Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, UK 2014
Brest Short Film Festival, France 2014
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK 2014
Branchage Festival, Jersey 2014
Bestival (opening for Withnail & I), Isle of Wight, UK 2014
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland 2014
Séquence Court-Métrage, Toulouse, France 2014
Shnit International Short Film Festival , Cairo, Egypt 2014
Short Film Festival Leuven, Belgium 2014



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