'White Lies' - a short film 

by Harry Hitchens

An autistic boy (Bill Milner) confronts his mother (Sian Clifford) about the existence of the tooth fairy. 

This short is very close to my heart. Although the lead character isn't based on him, I have a brother with learning difficulties. Having met a number of his close friends I began to write a character based on my experiences with them. With 'White Lies' my aim was to explore the difficulty of this type of disability but also the endearing, and at times humorous, side to it.

We were really excited to be selected to screen the film at Bath Film Festival and the British Independent Film Festival where we were nominated for a number of awards, of which Bill won in the Best Actor category. 

The Production

Bill Milner (iBoy, Son of Rambow) and Sian Clifford (Fleabag, Quiz) play 'Rory' and 'Helen' and I couldn't have wished for a better cast. To develop these characters which such accomplished actors was fantastic. 

The project was kindly funded by The Narrative - a digital film studio - and produced by Archie Pearch of Clarendon Works Films. Director of Photography was Lloyd Cook. Emily Jones at Encore did an incredible job colouring the film and Harvey Gunn performed foley, edited dialogue and mixed the track.

Using Format