Drama - Completed 2013

The Lives of 3 men collide in a London toilet with unforeseen consequences, yet this could happen in 42 countries globally. It’s a social ticking time bomb nobody wants to discuss. Will you...?

& Awards

MIFF 2014
UMFF 2014
Best International Short, Honorary
IWMF 2014
Runner Up
Cannes Short Corner 2014
San Diego Black Film Festival 2014
Nominated Best Foreign Short
British Urban Film Festival 2015
Depth Of Field International Film Festival 2016
Tight shorts category - Outstanding Excellence
UK International Veterans Film Festival 2016
Winner Best Actor
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Drama, Social issues
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 14 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elsa O'TOOLE
    • Writer(s)
    • Elsa O'TOOLE
    • Producer(s)
    • Valentine NONYELA, Ralf TJERNLUND-BECK, Howard COOKE (, Steven BONEHAM (NFTS), David ELLINGTON (VS1 Productions), Damien CULLEN, Mel RAIDO, Marielle BYWORTH
    • Synopsis


      A suspicious looking Black man wearing a hood carries a little girl into a Men’s pub toilet cubicle. He covers her face. Something is wrong. He sways, he hallucinates, he has blurred vision…we assume he’s a drug addict.
      Two White drunk men, (one in soldier’s uniform) argue at the door with a woman, who is angry that they have left the wedding party upstairs.

      She leaves. The drunks make racist jokes - unaware there’s a Black man in the nearby cubicle. We assume he’ll burst out and confront them. But he doesn't. So again…we assume he’s a drug addict and doesn't want to be caught with the little girl.

      When he exits the cubicle and they speak to him he doesn’t answer, but impatiently lowers his hood and points at a scar on his head.

      The soldier instantly recognizes the Black man as a war hero, an ex-solider injured in Afghanistan while saving troops in a roadside bomb.
      Only now do we discover the war hero was also Deafened in the blast!
      The civilian makes fun of his Deafness, but the soldier stops him, and proudly salutes the war hero.

      The war hero covered his daughter’s eyes carrying her into the toilet, in case men were at the urinals.
      His swaying, blurred vision, hallucinations are side-effects of head injury, sudden traumatic Deafness and PTSD.
      He wears a hood because of his head scar and because he’s trying to cope with his Deafness…so we misjudged him.
      We see Afghanistan images of the war hero in combat.
      Facts about Deaf side-effects and PTSD roll before the credits.