"Man of the Hour" was awarded 'Best Short Film' at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, AmPav Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and went on to have its World Premiere at the famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in August 2018. It has since been selected for over 15 major festivals, including 5 BAFTA qualifiers and 3 Oscar qualifiers.
With 6 nominations, most nominated film of Chelmsford Film Festival 2019: BEST SHORT , BEST ACTRESS (Charlotte Ritchie), BEST DIRECTOR (Linda Ludwig & James Curle), BEST SCREENPLAY (Tom Palmer), BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Ruaraid Achilleos-Sarll) and BEST SCORE (Joseph O'Brien) and took home 2 wins: BEST SHORT and BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Ruaraid Achilleos-Sarll)
Won 3rd place "Eastfrisian Short Film Award" at International Filmfest Emden-Norderney 2019.
WINNER "Best Short Film" Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Official Selection of The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase
WINNER "Best Short Film" at Chelmsford Film Festival, after receiving 6 nominations.
WINNER "Best Cinematography" at Chelmsford Film Festival.
WINNER 3rd place "East Frisian Short Film Award" at International Filmfest Emden-Norderney 2019.
NOMINATED for "Best Short", "Best Actress" (Charlotte Ritchie), "Best Director" (Linda Ludwig & James Curle), "Best Screenplay" (Tom Palmer), "Best Cinematography" (Ruaraid Achilleos-Sarll) and "Best Score" (Joseph O'Brien) at Chelmsford Film Festival.
OFFICIAL SELECTION The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, played in May in Cannes, France.
OFFICIAL SELECTION HollyShorts Film Festival 2018**, played at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 16th August 2018, CA, USA.
OFFICIAL SELECTION International Short Film Festival in Drama 2018, played in September in Drama, Greece.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Catalina Film Festival 2018, played on 29th September on Catalina Island, CA, USA.
OFFICIAL SELECTION San Jose Film Festival 2018, played on 14th October in San Jose, CA, USA.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Cambridge Film Festival 2018*, played on 27th & 28th October in Cambridge, UK.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Leeds International Film Festival 2018*, played on 3rd November in Leeds, UK.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018*, played on 7th, 9th & 11th November in York, UK.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Foyle Film Festival 2018**, played on 17th November in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.
OFFICIAL SELECTION UnderWire Film Festival 2018*, played on 23rd November in London, UK, and NOMINATED for "Best Production Design".
OFFICIAL SELECTION Dhaka International Film Festival 2019, played on 18th January in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Yountville International Short Film Festival 2019, played in February in Yountville, CA, USA.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Bermuda International Film Festival 2019**, played on 11th March on Bermuda.
OFFICIAL SELECTION Chelmsford Film Festival 2019, played on 8th June in Chelmsford, Essex, UK.
OFFICIAL SELECTION International Filmfest Emden-Norderney 2019, played on 14th, 15th and 16th June in Emden/Norderney, Germany.
* BAFTA qualifying ** Academy Award qualifying
Gemma (Charlotte Ritchie) receives a mysterious invitation to the birthday party of an enigmatic millionaire, Jeremy (Ed White). She must pass herself off as Jeremy's old friend and mingle with his glittering guests. But Gemma cannot help but wonder who Jeremy is and why he has tasked her with such a peculiar job - there's something more to him than meets the eye.
Man of the Hour is the consequence of a fateful meeting between the exceptionally talented writer Tom Palmer and ourselves (Linda Ludwig & James Curle). He showed us an early draft and explained how this idea was inspired by true events. We were immediately fascinated by the central character – What could drive anyone to such great lengths in creating a living fantasy?
From this moment, a strong and unique storytelling unit of three had been formed.
A note from Tom:
“I hadn’t for a moment considered producing Man of the Hour for screen. For a start, the story is set at a millionaire’s party; it required a truckload of extras, some opulent sets, and two very demanding central performances. I had made these challenges very clear to Linda and James, but it did nothing to temper the audacity of their ambition.”
We knew that in order to do Tom’s brilliant story justice, we would have to aim high. As a three, we embarked on a project that would see us filming all over the country in sensational locations, bringing together a stellar cast and a passionate crew whilst persuading troops of devoted friends to take on the coveted roles of ‘Background Partygoers’.
The breakthrough came in the casting of Charlotte Ritchie and Ed White in our leading roles. Their chemistry drove the narrative and gave depth to two complex characters. We were blessed with the comic flare of Oliver Chris, Tom Stourton and Natasia Demetriou, whilst Richard Durden provided the gravitas for the role of the father. All of the cast came onboard because of the high quality of the script.
Ultimately, what seemed to draw everyone to the film, was the deep loneliness of our central character Jeremy. His angst and alienation was apt for today’s impersonal culture. We decided to create a timeless feel to the film, as his problem seemed old as well as new.
The biggest challenge for us in directing this film, however, came from the budget restraints and therefore tight scheduling. In a schedule of six days, we had a mere two days to film all of the party sequences, and our leading lady was only going to be available for fifty percent of that time.
Being two directors, we were able to give direction to both leads and different departments simultaneously between takes; a huge advantage. On this relatively small budget we think we pulled off a film of serious quality, thanks to our magnificent crew, who all made the impossible happen.
We hope the final film inspires everyone who watches to review their friendships and acquaintances, to watch out for wonderful moments of chance and connection in their lives, and to consider help from unlikely places.