On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction

Stockholm Syndrome

Ben Marshall

Acronym Productions LTD

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 I wanted to capture a slice of lockdown life and so I conceived, shot and edited a short black comedy called Stockholm Syndrome about quarantine, murder plots & tech-decks. The whole project was a huge labour of love and was shot using whatever camera equipment I had at home. I would have never believed it at the time but the film went on to win the international Lockdown Film Festival, picked up awards at the BAFTA accredited Bolton Film Festival and another at the UK Film Festival, and gained official selection status at multiple festivals worldwide.

Ben has always used the camera on his shoulder to get stuck in and tell stories across the globe. He has lived amongst tribes in the Amazon Rainforest, followed Japanese musicians perform in Iceland and shot with world class beatboxers in Taiwan. His experience working as a self-shooting documentary director shapes the aesthetic of his commercials, which often balance a handheld, character focussed style with cinematic visuals. He has won campaigns with agencies such as BBH, The & Partnership and AMV BBDO to direct films for well known brands such as Next, Lexus and Ovo Energy. Combining his background in writing, directing and cinematography, Ben conceived, shot and edited a short black comedy during lockdown called Stockholm Syndrome. This little self produced film has gone on to win awards at both BAFTA and BIFA accredited festivals as well as gaining official selection status at multiple festivals worldwide. Since lockdown has eased Ben has been working across multiple commercial projects as well as producing and directing a new comedy short, MAMILS (Middle Aged Men In Lycra). The film captures an intense rivalry between two amateur cyclists and features Kevin ‘KG' Garry who can be seen in Apple TV's Ted Lasso, and Ciarán Dowd whose comedy pilot Don Rodolfo has just gone live on BBC.