The story of Shmilu, a Hasidic Jew in crisis, torn between his community and the romantic possibilities of trendy East London.
BAFTA Nominated 2016
Winner of The Pears Short Film Prize
Commissioned by Dazed & Confused magazine
In association with UK Jewish Film
BFI London Film Festival
New York International Film Festival
Palm Springs International ShortsFest
Leeds International Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Los Angeles ShortsFest
Cambridge Film Festival
Barcelona International Film Festival
Morelia International Film Festival
UK Jewish Film Festival
Vimeo Staff Pick
500,000 online views
From an unusual perspective, we follow Philip around his neighborhood. He misses his wife and daughter very much.
Canal+ multiple TV broadcasts in
France, Spain, Switzerland and across Africa
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival
Seoul International Film Festival - *Best Short Film
East End Film Festival - *Best Short Film
Encounters Intenational Film Festival - *Showcase
Dresden International Short Film Festival - *Showcase
Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival - *Finalist
Raindance Film Festival - *Finalist
St Petersburg International Film Festival
Guanajuato International Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival
Vimeo Staff Pick
150,000 online views
Walt Disney awakes to discover he’s been cryonically frozen for a few hundred years. On realising this, he suffers futureshock and dies.
Era New Horizons International Film Festival
Kiev International Film Festival (Molodist)
Nashville International Film Festival
Transmediale Video Art Festival, Berlin
Tabakalera, San Sebastian Centre Of Culture
Impakt Video Art Festival, Amsterdam
EMAF - European Media Art Festival, Germany
Galerie ART PRESENT, Paris
A C T I I S C E N E I V
Commissioned by the British Council
for the "Shakespeare Lives" series
For exclusive premiere by The Guardian
Born in London, Billy began his career working in McDonalds and living on the dole in Camden Town. A student of philosophy, he eventually started freelancing as a creative assistant to directors including Harmony Korine, Derek Cianfrance, John Hillcoat and Oscar-winning editor Angus Wall.
His short film God View was an experimental drama, shot entirely from above using a specially designed bodyrig. After a run of top festivals and awards (including Clermont-Ferrand, Seoul, Encounters, St. Petersburg), it was bought by several television networks including Canal+ and broadcast across Europe and Africa.
His 2016 BAFTA-nominated film samuel-613 was commissioned by Dazed & Confused magazine and won the £10,000 Pears Short Film prize. Produced in association with UK Jewish Film, it explores London’s Hasidic community, gaining unprecedented access for a drama, including non-professional actors and Yiddish dialogue. Read an article in The Independent newspaper here.
Billy is currently developing his feature-length debut. He has been selected for the UK’s premier mentoring scheme Guiding Lights, paired with director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers), and also picked as one of Screen International’s “Stars Of Tomorrow”.