Flying High, Longlist - Animation

Pitch Black Panacea

Tom Hardiman


Tom Hardiman is a versatile writer and director working across different genres. His work is marked by quirky characters, oblique storytelling and inventive camera manipulation. In 2016 Tom came to prominence with a series of shorts including an acclaimed film for Dazed called ‘Radical Hardcore’. The film was selected by Lynne Ramsay for her ‘Electric Shorts’ series, making it into the London Short Film Festival and The BFI’s Network Picks. His commercial work includes 'The Moment Before' for Mercedes, 'She Said' for XL Records and ‘Bar Luce’ for Prada and Vogue. He has also directed music videos for Mura Masa, tUnE-yArDs and Objekt. In 2019, he was commissioned to direct ‘Slender Bodies’, a short film for M2M Studios commemorating Prince and David Bowie. More recently, Tom has turned his attention to drama. Tom’s upcoming animated short ‘Pitch Black Panacea’ has been selected for Aspen Shortfest and Clermont-Ferrand in 2020. Tom is based in London.