The Miserables

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The Miserables
Directed by Benjamin Taylor
Produced by Peter Hort, Alex Lipman
Written by Alex Lipman
Starring Maggie Steed, Ian Hogg
Music by Anne Chmelewsky
Cinematography Cenay Said
Edited by Kieran Waller
Release date(s)
  • October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27)
Running time 20 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Miserables is a short film (20 minutes) directed by Benjamin Taylor and written by Alex Lipman. Released in 2010 by University of Westminster, the film was a finalist at The 38th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills,[1] and has been screened at festivals in the UK, USA, China, Russia, Germany and Italy.[2] The film won Best Drama at the 2011 Royal Television Society Student Awards where the short was considered by the jury to be outstanding. A very good emotional script, had been creatively executed with sensitivity, flair, restraint, and imagination.[3]


Struggling to cope with his wife Evelyn's (Maggie Steed) terminal illness, Murray Pickleton (Ian Hogg) constructs time machines out of their furniture in his efforts to relive their past and escape the present. Evelyn is skeptical, but when her doctor insists she is to be moved to a hospice, she joins her husband in remembering their life together and attempts to discuss his life after hers.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Category Result
Student Academy Awards[4]
Best Foreign Film Nominated
Royal Television Society Student Awards[5]
Best Drama Won
International Film and Video Festival of Beijing
Audience Award Won
International Film Festival
Best Fiction Film Nominated
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival[6]
Best Film Nominated
Screentest Student Film Festival
Best Film Won
Best Drama Nominated
Best Script Nominated

Festival Screenings[edit]

In addition to receiving various awards and nominations, The Miserables has also been screened at many short film festivals around the world, including the following:

  • 2011 - Big Sur Film Festival in California, USA.
  • 2011 - IULM Film Festival in Milan, Italy.
  • 2011 - No Limits Film Festival in Sheffield, UK.
  • 2011 - Up and Coming Film Festival in Hannover, Germany.[7]
  • 2010 - VGIK International Film Festival in Moscow, Russia.

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