The Ex is a six-minute short film presenting the weirdest, scariest and funniest first-date imaginable – with a supernatural twist.
Gerald’s attempts to impress his date are quickly thwarted upon hearing the sinister voice of her ex-boyfriend from a framed photograph on her wall. To make matters worse, Gerald’s date does not appear to hear this voice and soon it’s not just his words that are a threat… when the picture itself comes to life.
Written and directed by Martin Stocks and Gareth Brown, the film is an amalgamation of their (many) dating disasters in recent years. The Ex combines awkward comedy with slapstick horror. As it builds towards the climax, with the date spiralling out of control, one suspects there is very little chance of a second date – and every chance someone might not get out of this alive.
“We liked the idea of a man, already struggling with first-date nerves, having to contend with the angry voice of her ex, potentially from beyond the grave. We thought it would be funny for him to be able to hear the ex’s voice – but his date cannot. This also raised the question of whether or not this was all in his head.” – Gareth Brown
The experienced cast and crew were largely working together for the first time on this production, and all made strong contributions to realising this high-concept idea. This included Neal Parsons’ blue-tinged otherworldly cinematography, Ed Harris’ brilliantly frenzied score, Adrian Townsend’s inventive sound design, and two compelling and funny performances from Andrew Shire and Abigail Poulton – who played our three characters.
The Ex was produced by Crossroad Pictures and Scott Lyus, following their festival run with award winning indie-horror Silently Within Your Shadow. The Ex will burst through cinema screens wreaking havoc at festivals very soon!