BAFTA nominated short film about Genny a young rat who learns to read and tries to escape from the cruel rat catcher Mr. Haddock.

Live action with puppets, in-camera fx and vfx. Black and White 35mm film. 14 mins.

With Jeremy Swift as Haddock, Dominic Letts and John Surman as Haddock's assistants.

Directed by Billy O'Brien
Designed by Paul Inglis & Fiona Ross
Camera Robbie Ryan
Main puppeteer Todd William Jones
Rats designed by Stephen Brown
Rats built by David Barclay
Written by Murilo Pasta & Billy O'Brien from an original idea by Billy O'Brien
Produced by Ruth Kenly Letts and Lisa Marie Russo
Film 4, BFI, Irish Film Board, Arts Council of England

AWARDS

BAFTA Awards
2000
• Nominated, BAFTA Film Award
Best Short Film
Ruth Kenley-Letts, Lisa Marie Russo, Billy O'Brien

Cork International Film Festival
1999
• Won, Best Black and White Cinematography
Robbie Ryan
• Won, International Jury Award
Best Black & White Cinematography

Fantasporto
2000
• Won, Onda Curta Award
Billy O'Brien

Foyle Film Festival
2000
• Won, Festival Prize
Best Animation
Billy O'Brien

Nashville Film Festival
2000
• Won, Best of Festival Award - Honorable Mention
Best Short Film
Billy O'Brien

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
2001
• Won, Grand Prize for Short Film
Billy O'Brien

San Francisco International Film Festival
2000
• Won, Golden Spire
Film & Video - Short Narrative
Billy O'Brien

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