BBC drama shorts, Wish 143. Directed By Ian Barnes
BBC drama shorts, Wish 143. Directed By Ian Barnes


A collection of shorts commissioned by Lighthouse and BBC Film Network


Receiving nominations for both an Oscar and a BAFTA, these films showcase the talents of some of the UK’s best emerging filmmakers

In 2009-10 Lighthouse worked in partnership with BBC Film Network to commission and produce four short films. The quality of these films was recognised at the highest level with major film industry award nominations. Wish 143 was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2011 Academy Awards, and Turning received a Best Short Film BAFTA nomination.

In 2009-10, Lighthouse and BBC Film Network commissioned and produced four short films. Showcasing the talents of four exciting filmmaking teams, the films cover a range of styles and genres from drama to animation, and feature familiar faces such as John Henshaw, Celia Imrie, Jodie Whittaker and Jim Carter.

In 2011, two of the shorts were nominated for major film industry awards, the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs. All of the films have been well received on the international film festival circuit with official selections at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Soho Rushes and LA Shorts Film Festival amongst many others.

WISH 143 (UK – 2009 – 22 mins)
Writer: Tom Bidwell
Director: Ian Barnes
Producer: Samantha Waite
Cast: Jim Carter, Jodie Whittaker, Annette Badland, Sam Holland

A fifteen-year-old boy with only months to live is granted one wish from the Dreamscape Charity. But David doesn’t want to go to Disneyland or meet Gary Neville; all he wants is an hour alone with a naked woman.

TURNING (UK – 2009 – 10 mins)
Writer/Directors: Karni & Saul
Producers: Kat Armour-Brown, Alison Sterling
Cast: Patrick Gibbs, Audrey Holt, Maureen Wild, Carol Kirkland

On his sixth birthday, Robert receives three beautiful broken old birds in his mother’s sitting room. A memory of an afternoon with tea and cake, lace pink slips and a tale of an emperor with no skin. Co-funded by Stink.

MUNRO (UK – 2009 – 16 mins)
Writer/Director: Michael Keillor
Producers: Daniel Healy, David Reilly, Pete Thornton
Cast: David Hayman, Jamie Michie

Enduring an ill-judged camping trip into the wild Scottish Highlands, father and son Bill and Robbie have to face up to the difficult secrets they’ve kept from each other. Starring David Hayman and Jamie Michie. Co-funded by Scottish Screen.

CONVERSATION PIECE (UK – 2009 – 5 mins)
Writer/Director: Joe Tunmer
Producer: Enrico Tessarin
Cast: Celia Imrie, John Henshaw

One sleepy Sunday morning, Jean notices a chip on a treasured vase. Employing a variety of tactics, she attempts to get to the bottom of the situation. Celia Imrie and John Henshaw star in this unique musical-of-sorts set to the music of jazz cornetist Rex Stewart.



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