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7 January 2021

Nowhere men.

by Andrew MacGregor


Short Films: “Breakdown” - 14 mins 07s

Dominic O'Riordan's latest short film puts the ass in roadside assistance, with Sy Thomas's stricken motorist met by the world's worst mechanic (Oliver Britten, brilliantly infuriating). With the latter's boss on holiday in Menorca, it's up to cheese ball lover Britten to save the day. His secret weapon? An surprisingly accurate impression of a wood pigeon.

Britten's efforts to keep his new mate company are both endearing and excruciating, with small talk interrupted by children's TV theme tunes, among other sounds. He's well matched by Thomas, whose patience borders on superhuman. At a time when many are starved of human interaction, 'Breakdown' reminds us that solitude can be bliss.


Director: Dominic O'Riordan
Producer: Sy Thomas / Oliver Britten / Dominic O'Riordan
Executive Producer: Oliver Cove
Cinematographer: Edward Gibbs Ⓦ (WPA Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Sound Recordist: Simon Cross
Gaffer: Simon Ingram
Editor: Dominic O'Riordan
VFX: Andy Schofield
Colourist: Simona Cristea
Sound Designer: Tom Pugh Ⓦ @ Grand Central Ⓟ Ⓦ
Written By: Sy Thomas / Oliver Britten

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