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The Cookie Cutters is complete!

14 Oct

The Cookie Cutters 1 landscape

The Cookie Cutters was borne of being witness to – and a part of – numerous surreal conversations between parents in the more privileged parts of the world. (And we really do mean the world, having researched this as far as Australia!) The dismaying fact is that the emphasis on children’s predicted academic success today far outweighs their nonchalant experience as little people still unshackled to life’s responsibilities. We wanted to shine a light on what we consider to be the misguided view of modern parents that children are merely adults-in-waiting and must be prepped (or more accurately, pummeled) into vocational beings. In doing so, parents are being bent to the will of the powers that be in need of tax paying office fodder; parents are being trained to believe that for their children to be legitimate members of a future society means being successful – and to be that in an expensive world, one must be affluent. It’s a heavy subject so we thought we’d have a go at handling it tongue in cheek!

And so to the story of the film…

After several months of re-writes, pre-production and recruitment, Wistful Thinking’s latest short film was ready to shoot. September 1st was the big day and, with the hard work of an amazing crew and fabulous cast, footage was in the can within 8 hours! (We’re pretty proud of that, considering it’s a ten minute short.) With it’s final edit complete and a trailer to boot, we are now ready to roll The Cookie Cutters out to festivals across the world. Fingers crossed for us – there’s stiff competition out there from some fabulous film-makers, but we’re hopeful. If you’d like a glimpse of the trailer, head over here:




More festival entries, more fun!

17 May

Bolstered by our entry into the finals for the Funny Women UK Film Festival, we have been scanning the planet’s film festival offerings for the perfect places to submit The RAFTAs. We are now entrants to the BFI London Film Festival and, not only that, clever Dominic James, The RAFTAs’ Director of Phtography and Editor, has cooked up a 2 minute edit of the film for The Comedy Crowd’s fabulous Chorts competition. Take a look at our festival poster – oh, and more fingers crossed please!

RAFTAs poster v1

The RAFTAs hits the festivals!

26 Apr

Excited by our success with The RAFTAs reaching the finals of this year’s Funny women UK Film Awards, we have decided to try our luck at a number of UK short film festivals this year. The first of these submissions are the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Reading Fringe Film Festival and Manchester Lift-off.

Fingers crossed!

Comedy short, The RAFTAs, reaches the Funny Women finals!

9 Apr

Fresh from the editing suite with just a week in the can, our new chort (comedy short) The RAFTAs was announced as one of the semi-finalists for the prestigious Funny Women UK Film Awards in February this year. Needless to say we are thrilled!

Starring Phillip Lawrence, Lisa Rose and Tess Rowe, the 5 minute short satirizes a primary school’s end of year headteacher address to parents and students.

RAFTAs still 1

The RAFTAs is a playful stab at the increasing pomposity of modern times and its effect on education for the UK’s more privileged youth.

As the short is still doing the festival rounds (and will be for a couple of months yet) if you would like to have a look at the full film then please feel free to drop us a line with your email and we will forward you the link and password to view it. In the meantime, keep an eye out on this site for the trailer coming very soon.


Reviews are in for Best Served Cold!

29 Jun

Our first date at the Kings Head was a treat. Lots of laughs and a great atmosphere. Now we are enjoying the cosy space that is the Etcetera Theatre this week. Take a look at what the reviewers had to say.

Kenneth Branagh Award winning comedy BEST SERVED COLD takes to the stage once again!

19 May

In 2015, Victoria Taylor Robert’s half hour comedy, Best Served Cold, was named one of three winners of the Kenneth Branagh Drama Award and enjoyed a three night run in the Windsor Fringe Festival.

Best Served Cold is a fast-paced comedy following the antics of the sickly pensioner Alma who, from her death bed, colludes with her grandson, Toby, to protect his inheritance from both the tax man and his vicious step-mother, Susan. To ensure success, they must keep their activities secret from Alma’s feckless son, Mitch – easier said than done when there’s more at stake than just money.

After recently being invited by The Kings Head Theatre to reprise Best Served Cold for one night (SUNDAY JUNE 11th) Wistful Thinking decided it was high time that the play had a London run. As well as the one-off date at the fabulous Kings Head, BSC will now also have a four night run at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden from TUESDAY 27th JUNE to FRIDAY 30th JUNE. (Further show / venue details below.)

The show is directed by SHARON SMALL and we have a great cast onboard for both productions: Yvo Brunskill as Alma, Alexander Chard as Toby, April Rose Small as Susan and Dominic Goldberg as Mitch.

Tickets are available on the door, on the night at both venues (to avoid booking fees) or can soon be purchased at the below sites:

SUNDAY 11th JUNE: The Kings Head, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN

TUE 27th-FRI 30th JUNE: Etcetera Theatre, Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU


A language table!

23 Nov