The Handyman is the first film I've directed which I didn't write or produce. The script won the inaugural British Short Screenplay Competition which was set up by Arif Hussein back in 2002. Piers Jackson, producer on The Truth Game and Club Le Monde and Arif's producing partner, asked if I'd be interested in directing it. Although I said 'sure' I wasn't initially too keen on the idea of taking what seemed like a step backwards from features to shorts. Not being one to close a door without seeing what's behind it however I read the script a couple of times, let my thoughts circulate for a while and concluded I'd be an idiot not to get involved.
Written by Chicago based Tom Beach, by day a film sound recordist, by night a talented scriptwriter, the script was a tight, dark, atmospheric story which was gripping and thrilling in equal parts and had not one but two great twists. British producers such as Nik Powell, Stephen Wooley and Natascha Wharton who were judges in the BSSC felt the same and Kenneth Brannagh who subsequently read it concluded it was the best short script he'd ever read!
Julia - Greta Scacchi
Caleb - Bill Sage
Hal - Bill Mitchell
Director - Simon Rumley
Producers - Arif Hussein, Piers Jackson
Executive Producers - Tom Colbourne-Malpas, Rob Atwater
Director of Photography - Milton Kam
Production Designer - Oliver French
Costume Designer - Wendy Winters
Casting - Adrienne Stern
Editor - Colin Sherman
Composer - Richard Chester