Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011 NOMINATED SHORT: Wish 143

In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are taking a closer look at this year's nominees, all of which will be available to download from iTunes on February 22nd. Today, one of this year's Best Live Action Short Film nominees, Wish 143.

Best Live Action Short Film nominee, Wish 143
WISH 143 UK/24 MIN

Director: Ian Barnes
Writer: Tom Bidwell
Producer: Samantha Waite

Cast: Jim Carter, Jodie Whittaker, Dean Andrews

A fifteen-year-old boy with only months to live is granted one wish from the Dreamscape Charity. But David doesn't want to go to Disneyland or meet Gary Neville; what he really wants is an hour alone with a naked woman.

Wish 143 is the second short film from Ian Barnes following on from Swing, which graphically showed how adultery can seriously damage your health. In between making shorts Ian directs comedy and drama for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Projects include Hope Springs starring Alex Kingston, Wild At Heart starring Stephen Tompkinson and The Afternoon Plays.

In 2009 and 2010 Ian was part of the team nominated for a BAFTA for episodes of the medical drama Casualty. One of the episodes revolved around the attempted suicide of a junior doctor. Ian started life as a journalist and gradually moved into directing drama via radio and television.

He is currently working on a feature script Plain Jane which he will be taking to the Sundance Lab in 2010.