Ten Minute Tales

TV-Series | GBR 2009 | 11x10'

Like silent movies, shorts films have largely disappeared from theaters – but maybe they have a future in television. The TEN MINUTE TALES on UK commercial broadcaster Sky 1 are short films featuring stories related to Christmas, told in ten minutes, without any words. Music is permitted, and sounds are fine as well, but there may be no speaking. As in cinema at its best, the pictures do the storytelling, i.e. there is dialog and no voice-over narrative to convey, as they so often do on television, all essential information. An impressive cross-section of the British creative industry has been involved in this experiment, ranging from directors like Richard Eyre (IRIS), to screenwriters like Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS), to graphic novelist Neil Gaiman (CORALINE). The list of actors and actresses who have participated is also well worth mentioning – it stretches from newcomer Katie Jarvis (FISH TANK) to veterans Bill Nighy and Timothy Spall. All of them are obviously enjoying the opportunity to let their bodies alone to the talking in these odd and touching short form gems.

Director
Tim Whitby
Script
Lucy Gannon
Photography
Ulf Brantås, Tony Miller
Editors
Trevor Waite, Katie Weiland
Production Design
Candida Otton, Donal Woods
Music
Mike Smith
Principal Cast
Bill Nighy, Natascha McElhone, Sam Parham, Timothy Spall
Producers
Hilary Bevan Jones, Tim Bricknell, Dan McCulloch
Executive Producers
Ann Harrison-Baxter, Huw Kennair-Jones, Elaine Pyke
Production
Endor Productions, British Sky Broadcasting

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Selected filmography Hilary Bevan Jones

RED DWARF (1992), CRACKER (1995-1996), THE SECRET WORLD OF MICHAEL FRY (2000), STATE OF PLAY (2003), ALL IN THE GAME (2006), THE STRONGER (2007), PIRATE RADIO (2009)