THAT TAKES THE BISCUIT

Trapped on a train, psychotherapist Barbara abandons her mindfulness 

in a battle over biscuits with architect Aryan. 

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'That Takes The Biscuit' is a short film in pre-production, written by the award-winning scriptwriter Stephan Drury and directed by award-winning writer and director Teele Dunkley. 

It will be filmed in autumn of 2022 in Norfolk in the UK and the team is currently working on finalising all the details. 

If you are interested in being part of the production or support the project in other ways, contact producer Evie Calaby at evie@galaby.com
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MEET THE TEAM 
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DIRECTOR

Teele Dunkley is Estonian born and UK-based director, producer, writer and still photographer.
Her career started in 2010, working for Eye Film and TV as production co-ordinator and editor. Soon after that, Teele went freelance, focusing on making music videos, short films and actors showreels in the UK and in Estonia.
Now, Teele has directed and produced 27 projects, with the size of the crews ranging from ‘one-woman-crew’ to 100 people. She has recently received many awards for her the short film 'Metres Apart' and music video 'River Run' and she is finishing post production on a big scale short film 'Losing Us'. 

 

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SCRIPT WRITER

Stephan Drury is an award-winning script writer, lecturer at The Open University and an actor. He has trained at Rose Bruford College, a Theatre and Performance academy, and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Stephan has written several scripts for film and theatre productions. He writes black comedy, tragedy and drama that is sharp, witty and psychologically informed. He often explores existential themes of mortality, madness and isolation in an absurdist manner.

‘That Takes the Biscuit’ is the third project that he has developed with

Teele Dunkley. Their two previous short films being ‘Peppermint’ and ‘Losing Us’ 

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Evie Calaby is a producer with experience in seeing projects through from initial briefs to completion in the commercial and film sector. 

Besides working as a producer, Evie has also extensive experience as as Production Manager, Production Co-ordinator and Production Secretary on various project, including Disney+ project 'The Shepherd'. 
Evie has previously worked with the team behind 'That Takes The Biscuit' on 'Losing Us', where she stepped in to help as a production coordinator and had a very positive input to the film's successful production.  

 

PRODUCER
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Paul Cook has built a name for himself in the East of England as one of the top young cinematographers after graduating from Film Studies from University of East Anglia and working on wide range of projects.
His work spans from high-end commercials to feature films. He brings attention to detail and passion for the industry to every project he works on.
Paul and his trusted crew will be providing the latest camera and lighting equipment to the project, ensuring that the film will be as engaging visually.
He has worked with Stephan, Teele and Evie on their previous projects, making them a close-knit team.

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CAST

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BARBARA - ELLA KENION

Ella Kenion has enjoyed a long and varied career as an actress working successfully for many years across both stage and screen. After completing a number of stage credits - most notably with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Ella's work quickly shifted focus to television where she began making a name for herself in comedy with her fantastic characterisation and comic timing.

Her first major comic role was alongside Martin Freeman in 'Hardware' where she played the part of Julie. Following this she went on to appear in two series of both 'The Catherine Tate Show' for BBC2 and 'Swinging' on Ch5.

Ella is perhaps best known for her role as Mrs Cakeworthy in 'The Green Green Grass', a part she played in 30 episodes across 4 series between 2005 and 2009.

Over the years, Ella has appears in over 50 TV projects and feature films. She is known to an International audience as Matt LeBlanc's agent, Beth, in the US hit comedy series 'Episodes'. Ella also played the lead role, Mia, in 'Gates' for Sky Living and has played guest roles in 'Doctor Who', 'Cuckoo', 'Heading Out', 'Big Bad World', BBC1's 'New Tricks', 'The Outlaws', 'The Duchess' and 'Four Lives' just to name a few.

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ARYAN - ANTON KAMILLUS

Anton Kamillus was raised in Paris before moving to London at 11 years of age where he later trained in acting at prestigious Drama institutions RADA and Identity.

He started his acting career on stage playing iconic roles such as ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Duke Orsino’, but has more recently shifted his focus into film and television roles, in association with AKP Management Agency.

Anton is soon due to appear in a recurring role in the high-profile sci-fi series ‘The Peripheral’, produced by Warner Bros Entertainment and Amazon Studios for Prime Video. 

Anton also has numerous writing projects in the pipeline, such as an exotic crime-comedy feature film project 'Alternative Spy' that he is co-writing with Teele Dunkley. He has previously worked with Teele on several film projects - as an actor in short film 'The Killing' and as a producer, most notably on 'Metres Apart' and ‘Losing Us’, where he closely collaborated on overseeing the projects from their initial script stages, through to post-production, delivery and festival runs.Anton Kamillus

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DANA - NATALYA MARTYN

Natalya Martin is an exciting, up-and-coming young talent from Norfolk and was chosen out of 130 hopeful Danas who applied for the role.

 

She trained at East 15 Acting School and has worked in various disciplines, including stage productions, music videos, commercials, short films and has also done voiceover work.

 

Natalya has recently featured in several short films, namely, the BFI Film Academy production ‘Asphyxiation’ and has garnered rave reviews for her gritty and convincing performance in the stage production 'Something Awful'. Her role in ‘That Takes the Biscuit’ as Dana will be her second collaboration with co-star Dylan 

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COLIN - DYLAN BALDWIN

Dylan Baldwin is a Norfolk-based actor who is making a name for himself in the TV and film world in the UK and Internationally after returning to the industry in 2015. Since then, Dylan has appeared in more than 15 feature films, 20 TV series, 50 short films and 10 commercials.

 

His recent credits include CEO James Harwell in Season 4 of award-winning TV series 'The Inside Man', the lead role in a music video for up-and-coming band, The Reytons and a TV advert for SafestyleUK.

 

Dylan has worked with the team behind 'That Takes The Biscuit' on their previous short film project 'Losing Us', where he played Mikey - a ruthless human trafficking gangster.

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ERIC - BEN WOODWARD

Ben trained at the prestigious BRIT school and Urdang Academy and has gone on to work across England and Europe with various Theatre companies.

 

Over the past few months, Ben has been on-set for a new Sky Atlantic drama due out this Autumn. You can also catch Ben at Norwich Playhouse this June in the Musical ‘A Chorus Line’, where he is playing the part of Richie Walters, a hopeful Broadway star.

In recent years Ben has been offering Performing Arts training alongside his wife at their theatre school - Triple Threat Stage School in Norfolk.

 

He also works as a freelance Director and Choreographer and is the Director of the award-winning 'Fairground Frights' at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.

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Check out Teele's work with still photography: