STUTTERER Oscar Winning Short Film 2016

Irish/British film STUTTERER
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The heartfelt Irish/British drama Stutterer is the brainchild of three filmmakers, writer/director Benjamin Cleary, producer Shan Christopher Ogilvie and producer Serena Ermitage. This remarkable film about a young man’s difficulties dating with a severe stutter is winning multiple awards and has now won an Oscar in the Academy Awards.

A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear. A roller-coaster ride of joy, doubt and romance in the digital age.

Matthew Needham (Sherlock) stars as Greenwood, Chloe Pirrie (The Game) and Eric Richard (The Bill) as Greenwood’s dad. Irish writer/director Benjamin Cleary graduated with an MA from the London Film School in 2011 and only a year later his writing led him to win the BlueCat short screenplay competition in Los Angeles. Stutterer is the first film this talented young man has directed. Cleary’s father and brother suffered with this condition growing up. Serena Armitage produces and directs for many of Britain’s biggest television networks, including ITV. Her work includes popular shows like Come Dine with Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and the BAFTA nominated TV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs. Producer Shan Christopher Ogilvie founded Bare Golly Films to bring to life unique, compelling characters and stories that tap into the heart of the shared human experience. He studied Film at University of Westminster and creates brand videos and factual content, recently shooting a documentary for Channel 5 on Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

The film was made on shoestring budget of just five thousand pounds, the director rented his room for two months and slept on a friends couch, so every penny could be put into making Stutterer. Stutterer has been selected for almost thirty prestigious film festivals and took home the Best Foreign Film prize from the Oscar qualifying Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at Savannah Film Festival, Best International Short Film Prize at Kerry Film Festival, the Best Drama Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival and many more. Now the world is waiting to see if this wonderful British film will be nominated for a 2016 Academy Award.

Winner – 88th Academy Awards 2016_
Winner – BEST SHORT FILM – London Critics Circle Award 2016_
Winner – BEST FOREIGN FILM at LA Shorts Fest 2015_
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at the DC Shorts Film Festival 2015_
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at OFFLine Film Festival 2015_
Winner – JURY SPECIAL MENTION AWARD at OFFLine Film Festival 2015_
Winner – SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the Savannah Film Festival 2015_
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at Kerry Film Festival 2015_
Winner – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM at Kerry Film Festival 2015_
Winner – SECOND FICTION PRIZE at Fesancor Chile International Film Festival 2015_
Winner – BEST ACTOR for Matthew Needham at Fesancor Chile International Film Festival 2015_
Winner – BEST DRAMA at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015_

Official Selection 2015:

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, UK (Sept)
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, (Sept)
Vancouver International Film Festival, CAN (Sept)
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA (Aug)
DC Shorts Film Festival (Washington DC), USA (Sept)
Galway International Film Fleadh, IRL (July)
Edmonton International Film Festival, CAN (Oct)
Savannah Film Festival, USA (Oct)
Heartland Film Festival, USA (Oct)
Leeds International Film Festival, UK (Nov)
London Short Film Festival, UK (Jan)
Aesthetica Film Festival, UK, (Nov)
Seminci: Valladollid Film Festival, ESP, (Oct)
Bend Film Festival, USA, (Oct)
Kerry Film Festival, IRL, (Oct)
Offline Film Festival, IRL, (Oct)
Fesancor – International Short Film Festival of Chile, CHL, (Oct)
Show Me Shorts Film Festival, NZL, (Nov)
Tallgrass Film Festival, USA, (Oct)
Minimalen Film Festival, NOR, (Jan)


Written, Directed & Edited by Benjamin Cleary
Starring Matthew Needham & Chloe Pirrie
Produced by Serena Armitage & Shan Christopher Ogilvie (email: /
Director of Photography – Michael Paleodimos (email:
Original Music by Nico Casal (email:
Sound Editor – Gustaf Jackson (
Foley Artist – James Latimer (