Downsizer started out simple enough.
After being made redundant at work, several of us united to work out some of our issues by making a short film with a straightforward, cathartic premise:
“it had to take place in an office, be fun and have a really really high body count.”
On one level, Downsizer can be enjoyed at face value as a black comedy with lots of action and some fun twists.
If you want to dig deeper, today’s issues around workers rights, corporate lawlessness, the 1% and other very contemporary sociopolitical issues of the day are all there to be found.
Downsizer is a film that speaks to our time and becomes more relevant every day as the world embraces austerity for the masses while offering privilege and wealth for the powerful few.
Through violence and humour, Downsizer aims to give voice to our pent up frustration with the world and how it works.
Ed Coleman is an actor and comedian. He has appeared in numerous films and TV shows including Pride, 28 Weeks Later, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, Merlin, Bones, and You Me and Them. He also played Mortiz on Sky’s multi award-winning Spy.
Garvey grew up in Chesterfield, Derbyshire & attended St Martins Lancaster to read Drama and Ethics. She appeared in plays, including Anthony’s Nielsons, Stitching in which she played the title role, and, the Changeling at the Dukes theatre.
Shortly after moving to London she got her debut Independent Feature Film along side Sylvia Symms, ‘Booked Out’, which was Directed by Bryan O’Neill. She has since gone on to play the supporting female role in Elaine Constantine’s debut Feature Film ‘Northern Soul’ (2015).
Dan has appeared regularly on the BBC, ITV, Sky as well as a load of commercials. He has sold a pub in EastEnders, run a pub in Casualty, argued in a pub in Down To Earth and advertised beer… seems to be a theme going there. Recently he has starred in hit comedies Pramface and Miranda, & can soon be seen in Doctors (BBC1) getting naughty between the sheets!
Dan has performed stand-up comedy in both the UK and USA, two self-penned solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and regularly writes and performs with acclaimed sketch group The Real MacGuffins (BBC Radio 4).
Kate began her feature film career at age 14 in ‘Heavenly Pursuits’ with Tom Conti and Helen Mirren and has since worked on another ten. She has appeared in over 20 professional theatre productions including two in the West End. She recently appeared in the short ‘Mostly Dead’ for the renowned horror director Ray Brady, played a distraught mother in ‘The Mime Who Wouldn’t be Silent’ at Greenwich Theatre and portrayed the SOE spy trainer Vera Atkins in the museum film ‘Snowdrop’. However there has never been a character like the awful Mrs Ashcroft in ‘Downsizer’, which Kate regards as “the best film role I have ever had.”
Director, Executive Producer
Downsizer is Joe’s second short film, building on his previous work as 2nd unit director on music videos, and other independent and commercial projects. Joe is a seasoned visual effects supervisor with over 20 years in film and television and two Emmys to his name for ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’ and the HBO series ‘Rome’, plus was further was also nominated for the outstanding miniseries Band Of Brothers. He has worked on the visual effects of such blockbuster films as Maleficent, Star Wars Episode II, Batman Begins and the Da Vinci Code.
Producer, Executive Producer
Nicola is a British producer & digital production manager who has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica and Brazil before settling permanently in the UK.
Nicola now produces short and feature fiction films, with a slate that includes comedy, drama and thrillers. Nicola’s commercial production company is currently producing campaigns for leading travel brands such as STA Travel, Stray, Mojosurf and Tourism Australia.
Director of Photography
Ronaldas is a Director of Photography, DP and Cinematographer with obsession for beauty. His film industry career began while graduating in Middlexsex University London. Soon after he made numerous short films, promos and adverts. Today he works as Director of Photography in drama, comedy and advertising. His collaboration with clients include Nike, Virgin Media, Longines, Tom Ford, GQ, Ben Sherman, Bacardi, Viasat, Coleen, MBC and Team Sky.
As an online film critic and professional zombie journalist Stuart Barr has been mumbling incomprehensibly in the dark for years now. Stuart took ‘office, comedy & body count’ and transformed it into the dystopian world of Downsizer. In his day jobs he has become wearily familiar with the phrase ‘consultation process’.
Andy has been writing comedy for over 25 years. Work for the BBC Comedy Unit includes TV and Radio comedy. His work won three Edinburgh Festival Fringe Awards, a Critic’s Award and plethora of five star reviews in the national press for playwriting. Comedy of Andy’s are included in the Best of BBC Comedy DVD, in the BBC permanent archive Best of the BBC and on R7. Screenplays accepted for development include the short 2001: My Odyssey.
Jon has spent most of his life trying to avoid getting a job having founded of influential new media companies Obsolete, Lateral & Lshift. However, after a merger, he was rapidly made redundant triggering thoughts of ‘office, comedy & body count’ which he shared with Stuart Barr down the pub one night. In addition was the co-founder of the critically acclaimed and highly controversial NSFW campaign Unwatchable.
Eddie Gray and Matt Williams spent over 10 years wasting time and making each other laugh. Along the way they managed to squeeze in writing music, scripts and lyrics for award winning Film, TV, theatre and interactive productions.
A chance encounter lead to them scoring Downsizer, which was apparently one of their favourite projects, mainly because it’s short.