Wimp is the true story of a private school boys’ empowerment under the face of bullies. We follow William, an awkward fifteen year old boy whose friends continually tease him. One day he learns that by not standing up for himself he is in fact encouraging their behaviour.

This film was to be my final project from Central Film School London and to be shown at the graduation screening held at London’s own BAFTA’s.

So from the outset the pressure was on! Based on a true experience of bullying from my time at school, the film was incredibly personal to me and took a lot of confidence to try and translate to something interesting and relevant on screen. I drew together the script and set about steadily producing the piece; However it was quickly riddled with problems that endured throughout its creation. These were mainly caused by an appallingly tight shooting schedule of 16 pages in three days, some faulty equipment, and a resistance for any school to help us film due to it’s ‘controversial’ subject matter. All this while trying to overcome the distraction of working on my debut feature film. These are not excuses but it certainly hampered me with stress.

The film itself focuses on William, an awkward fifteen year old boy coping with bullies. The opening scene takes us straight into his little world were we discover him as a quiet, delicate boy who is safely painting models in his bed room. We then follow him to school the next day where he awkwardly tries to interact with his ‘friends’. He is then viciously locked in a cupboard and left for the day. Whilst locked in the cupboard he begins to think back over his time at school and how he ends up in these horrid situations. He draws to the conclusion that by not standing up for himself he was making things worse and we eventually climax to the moment when he first displays some strength. This film, for me, was about expressing a personal lesson I learned and sharing that with people who can maybe relate.

My actors for this film were a charming bunch. All young and most with very little previous experience. It was an incredible few days of filmmaking and I would happily work with them all again.

  • Digital (Sony EX3 and Canon 5D)
  • Running time: 15 Minutes
  • Writer, Producer and Director: Alexander Nally
  • Cinematography: Amy Wilson
  • Lead actors: Kit Loyd, Hugh Coles, Alex Ranahan, Ed Hornsby, Sam Ranger

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