|Directed by||Benjamin Taylor|
|Produced by||Peter Hort, Alex Lipman|
|Written by||Alex Lipman|
|Starring||Maggie Steed, Ian Hogg|
|Music by||Anne Chmelewsky|
|Edited by||Kieran Waller|
|Running time||20 minutes|
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, and has been screened at festivals in the UK, USA, China, Russia, Germany and Italy. 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.
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.
- Maggie Steed - Evelyn Pickleton
- Ian Hogg - Murray Pickleton
- Henry Everett - Doctor
- Elizabeth Muncey - Alison
- Scott Ellis - George
Awards and nominations
|Student Academy Awards|
|Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Student Awards|
|International Film and Video Festival of Beijing|
|International Film Festival|
|Best Fiction Film||Nominated|
|Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival|
|Screentest Student Film Festival|
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.
- 2010 - VGIK International Film Festival in Moscow, Russia.
- 2011 Student Academy Awards Foreign Finalists
- University of Westminster The Miserables
- Royal Television Society 2011 Student Awards
- Royal Television Society Student Awards
- Martha's Vineyard Short Film Nominations
- 2011 Up and Coming Film Festival Programme