Antonio's Breakfast

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Antonio's Breakfast
Antonio's Breakfast poster.jpeg
Directed by Daniel Mulloy
Produced by Howard Stogdon
Amber Templemore Finlayson
Written by Daniel Mulloy
Starring George Irving
Doreen Mantle
Dominique Chambers
Daniel Campbell
Kurt Burgess
Romell Holness
Derion Adams
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Edited by Dan Robinson
Sister Films
Release date
  • 19 January 2006 (2006-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
16 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Antonio's Breakfast is a highly acclaimed Brixton set drama short film written and directed by Daniel Mulloy. It premiered in Sundance Film Festival[1] and went on to win the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.[2]


Antonio, a young black teenager, is woken by his father's (George Irving) rasping breaths. It soon becomes clear that the young Antonio is his paralyzed father's primary care giver. As Antonio's friends arrive Antonio is forced to choose between a life lived for his father or one in which he makes his own way. His ultimate decision is one laced with uncertainty and guilt.


Mulloy held castings around the Brixton and Peckham areas of London. He spent a year work-shopping with the chosen young cast members, several of whom would appear in his later films. The story of Antonio's Breakfast is built around Mulloy's childhood experiences of growing up in Brixton.

"When writing, I have a strong sense of what needs to be communicated. I then work with the artists in rehearsals until they have made the performances their own. In Antonio’s Breakfast this meant that the young guys spent time working out what they thought would feel natural for them to say and I trusted them implicitly and went with it."[3] Daniel Mulloy from Get Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen by Tricia Tuttle


Antonio's Breakfast premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to international critical acclaim and in the UK it went on to win the 2006 British Academy Award.



  1. ^ Landon Zakheim, "Short Shot: Daniel Mulloy" Archived 25 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Sundance Institute, 27 January 2011 (Retrieved 10 January 2013)
  2. ^ BAFTA Awards database (Retrieved 18 October 2012)
  3. ^ Get Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen: The Shooting People Shorts Directory by Tricia Tuttle (quote from page no.4) (Nov 15, 2007) Archived 29 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January, 2013.

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