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🎬 Our First Review!! 🎬

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Our first review courtesy of The Pink Lens.


SHORT FILM. Birthday Boy

Starring: Sebastian Emmerson, Ted Reilly, Selma Alkaff, Hannah McIver, Jaina Brock.


Director: Leo Lebeau.


Transgender teen Alex struggles to express himself in real life. Attending a private all-girls school, he feels the pressure to conform to ensure he doesn’t lose his scholarship, but he’s being viciously bullied by a group of girls. He only feels like he can be himself in an online game, but when his birthday comes around, the bullying steps up a gear.


A moving and realistic short that highlights the continuing transphobia in schools, it also puts single-sex schools under the microscope: places that can be be so unsafe for trans teens. The culture of the school has allowed this cruel victimisation to take place, which we hear through off-screen voices of teachers propagating opposition to Alex’s gender identity.


Sebastian Emmerson gives a strong central performance as the lead, but as his friendship builds with a boy from another school, this is not all doom and gloom, finding within itself a glimmer of hope.


Filmed with subtlety and restraint, this is a nuanced short that takes on a journey of self-awakening with a likeable and compelling character.


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Kougar Media presents






in association with






The National Film and Television School






BIRTHDAY BOY






Directed by




Leo Lebeau






Written and Produced by




James Bell & Leo Lebeau






Alex




Sebastian Emmerson






Elle-Louise




Selma Alkaff






Henry




Ted Reilly






Grace - Katie Pattinson






Robert - Paul Keating






Emma - Hannah McIver






Sara - Jaina Brock






Charlotte - Bex Hainsworth






Headmistress - Venetia Hawkes






Miss Heron - Maxine Heron






Miss McMahon - Cheyenne Desouza






Director of Photography




Michael Filocamo






Production Designer




Ellen Beaufoy






Editor




Will Winfield






Casting Director




Sharon Sorrentino






Costume Designer




Simon Ekrelius






Composer




Saul Bragman






Sound Designer




Adam Shuttleworth






Associate Producers




Adrian Mani




Remi Rana Allen




Colin Merry






Line Producer




Emanuela Borruso






1st Assistant Director




Jonay Sevillano Regalado






2nd Assistant Director




Mireia G. Dalmau






3rd Assistant Director




Mathilde Levesque






1st Assistant Camera




Tonino Petruzzellis Senor






2nd Assistant Camera




Beatrice Dagama




Bernat Bonaventura




Camilla Valli






Steadicam Operator




Beaumont V G Pritchard-James






Gaffer




Evance Bretuil






Sparks




Baptise Congard




Junior Day






Production Sound Mixer




Sam Jenkins






Sound Mixer & 1st Assistant Sound




Griff Miles






2nd Assistant Sound




Jake Hickey




Luise Guertler






Script Supervisor




Michaela Minciotti






Hair & Make-up




Lily Hart




Tegan Thewlis




Maddy McNerney




Danielle Sambrook






Costume Assistant




Finley Lucas






Art Director




Benjamyn Lyall






Art Assistant




Eleanor Dolan






Stills Photographer




Alfio Sambataro






Additional Stills




Breanne Krause






Production Coordinator




Fabiana Tesauro






Production Assistants




Holly Androlia




Grace Nicholls




Ivonne Gofre




Pia Kauser




Sarah Barron




Rachel Carr




Charlie Sexton




Oscar Luckin




Harrison Benett




Felix Cole






Stunt Coordinator




Benjamin Farry






Lead Compositor




Jonas Almeida






Digital Compositor




Claus Pacheco






Colourist & Online Editor




Marco Valerio Caminiti






Editing Consultant




Paulo Pandolpho






Credits Illustrations




James Bell






Motion GFX Artist




Olga Gunderich






Motion GFX Animator




Benjamyn Lyall






Violin




Natalia Tsupryk






Sound Post Production by




[[2pt5]]






Supporting Artists






Anushka Samarasingh






Ash Wu






Ayumi Fuller






Becky Chan-Lok






Cairo Nevitt






Cezar Sirbu






Daniel King






Ewelina Dziedzic






Faith Kiggundu






Faris Khan






Gabriella Chly






Grace Albert






Grace Nicholls






Hannah Omisore






Jason Kwan






Jenny Kuznetsova






Jorge Fernandes






Kurtis Huke






Leah Glater






Leoni L.






Maya Barter






Nathan Trotman






Nia Campbell






Olivia Sirley






Paige Windsor






Rachel Howard






Rajaul Hoque






Stella Segalerba






Talia K








Thank you to our generous backers






Aaron DaBell






Addie Gardiner






Alison Bender






Barnaby Forrest Royce






Becki Shepperson






Benjamin Griggs






Bernadette Shipley






Bhavna Patel






Chris Allen






Daniel Chowdhury






David Bailey






Gabrielle Cooper






Ilhan Hartigan






James Gardner






Jane Bell






Jessica McLean






John Boyle






John Brock






Jordan Hoxsie






Joseph Jackson






Lee Bierman






Lee Thompson






Lisa Changadveja






Mariam Kauser






Matteo Durgin Paint Forge






Noémie Scheidegger






Oliver Astbury






Phil Reilly






Regina M Prestefelippe






Samy Soussi






Steve William Laible






Venetia Hawkes






Xavier Segers






Yam Yadlin






Zara Richardson








and all of our Kickstarter backers!








Special thanks






Ash Wu






Asher Tlalim






BAFTA & Prince William Scholarship






Balint Csaki






Beaconsfield Film Society






Ben Hunte






Bhargav Patel






Cambell Kenneford






Cut & Cork Ltd






Davenies School






Hall Barn Estates






Hugo Hernandez






Ingrid Miller






Linda Shire






Loro Esteso






Michael Pearce






Mika Simmons






Olympia Christofinis






Panalux






Rose Harvey






Ruanth Chrisley Thyssen






Sargent-Disc Scholarship






Scott Miles






Shoutout LGBT radio






Slavica Rockov






Steff Barnett






Stella Whalley






Steve Smith






The Apple Tree & Bohemia Films






Warner Bros Creative Talent






Xavier Segers








In loving memory of Emma Bender








‘Daughter’ performed by Ryan Cassata courtesy of BMI








A National Film & Television School






Bridge to Industry film











supported by Kickstarter











for The National Film & Television School






Executive Producers






JON WARDLE






VENETIA HAWKES










NFTS








BIRTHDAY BOY








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