Vote for Crowborough actor – BFI Best Short Film

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Update: Shuttlecock won best Short Film. You can watch Director Tommy Gillard’s acceptance speech as part of the virtual Award Ceremony (@12:50).


A budding actor, who went to Beacon Academy in Crowborough, features in “Shuttlecock”, which is part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Niall Kiely, 23, plays the part of Morgan Silk in Tommy Gillard’s film. Carl is forced to question what it means to be a man when a new, mysterious member of the badminton club (Morgan played by Niall) joins in with the charity tournament.

After Sixth Form, Niall studied Drama at St Mary’s University in London.

I moved to London to study 5 years ago and have been working as a budding actor since. It’s my debut film so it’s been really great to have been selected for such an amazing festival

It’s a comedy about badminton and toxic masculinity and we’re eligible for the Best Short Award.

This year’s BFI Festival will culminate in an Awards Ceremony on Sunday (18th October) with the public taking the place of the Festival’s Official Jury.

Click to watch Shuttlecock for free on the BFI website. Afterwards you can vote for your favourite short film in the LFF Audience Awards. You also have the option of including a short review and uploading a photo, which might be shown at the ceremony.

But don’t dawdle, voting closes on Saturday at 12noon so vote now.

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