Two teenage boys break free from school to embark on a dangerous adventure, as they truant their way across the threatening industrial landscape which surrounds them.
The Truants had its international premiere at one of the largest youth film festivals in the world, the prestigious 46th Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. Winning multiple awards, the film has screened at over 30 film festivals around the globe, with praise from BAFTA award-winning director Shane Meadows and Oscar® nominated producer Stephen Woolley. Set in the northern town of Blackburn in England and made on a shoestring budget, the film was entirely improvised, childhood inspired and street cast with non-professional local actors.
"An exceptional feat in short filmmaking. It’s rare that we come across a short film that grips us from beginning to end."
Short Sighted Cinema
"A film that explores loss of control and bullying, The Truants is an intense critique of boyhood and naivety."
Short of the Week
"Incredibly realistic and compelling study of anti-socialism, neglect, delinquency and bullying."
UK Film Review
30 festival screenings and 7 awards including:
• Short of the Week Official Selection
• Shooting People Film of the Month
• BFI Future Film Festival Official Selection
• British Shorts Berlin Official Selection
• London Short Film Festival (BAFTA qualifying)
• Etiuda & Anima Film Festival Official Selection
• Castellinaria Film Festival Winner ‘Best Film’
• Cinemagic Film Festival Official Selection
• Giffoni Film Festival Official Selection
• The Shortest Nights Official Selection