We finally saw PAINKILLER – a short film we cast last year – and it was fantastic. Huge congratulations to all involved. A real achievement on the minuscule budget they had.

You can see the trailer here:

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It was directed by the improbably coiffured Mustapha Kseibati, produced by Michael Berliner and written by Selina Lim.

The brilliant cast gave it their all, but we want to make a special mention of Kris Saddler – a young actor with a bright future – whose comedic timing was impeccable.

Here’s a nice write up from the Guardian’s Nick Bradshaw that appeared in SIGHT AND SOUND:

“The full slate of films proved deft and intelligent, but it was Selina Lim’s Painkiller, directed by Mustapha Kseibati, that took its outsider perspective the furthest. The story of a depressed Chinese migrant (Benedict Wong) who scuppers a convenience-store robbery when he refuses to heed the armed gunman, Painkiller owes a debt to 1990s-era Tarantino and Kevin Smith; but the film transcends its influences with a dramatic rigour that makes the tragic-comic violence unexpectedly meaningful.”

Can’t wait to work with the talented team again.

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