Dog Altogether

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Dog Altogether
Directed by Paddy Considine
Produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw
Mark Herbert
Gillian Berrie
Anna Duffield
Wendy Griffin
Paul Welsh
Written by Paddy Considine
Starring Peter Mullan
Olivia Colman
Paul Popplewell
Music by Chris Baldwin
Cinematography Thomas Townend
Edited by Colin Monie
Distributed by
Release date(s) 23 August 2007 (UK)
Running time 16 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £60,000 ($120,000)

Dog Altogether is the first short film to be entirely written and directed by Paddy Considine.[2] The term 'Dog Altogether' comes from an Irish expression that Paddy's father used to use when situations got really bad. It was filmed on Jan 22, 2007 in Glasgow.

The lead role of Joseph is taken by Scottish actor/director Peter Mullan who was hand picked by Paddy to play a role loosely based on Paddy's late father (also called Joseph). Mullan is a winner of several BIFA and BAFTA best actor awards. British comedy actress Olivia Colman fills the supporting role as Anita. Colman, already having shot British comedy film 'Hot Fuzz' with Paddy was approached to play the part due to her suitability for the role.

The story of this short was later expanded into the first Considine's feature film Tyrannosaur with the same actors as the main characters.


Dog Altogether is the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan), a man who is plagued by a violence and rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As he falls further into turmoil Joseph scours the landscape in search of a single grain of redemption that might restore hope to his fractured life.



2007 BAFTA award; Best Short Film[3]
2007 British Independent Film Awards; Best short film
2007 Venice Film Festival: Silver Lion for Best Short Film
2007 Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize)
2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival; 2nd place for Best British Short.[4]


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