Short Film

Somewhere in the English countryside… one man drives as if his life depends on it, while one woman steps down the aisle on the biggest day of her life. Both speeding towards a future destined to collide.

Wedlock won 'Best Drama Short' at the 'International Motor Film Awards 2021' and screened at film festivals across Europe, Canada and the US.

The story was inspired by my anxiety of being best man at a friend’s wedding and then exaggerated like the Dr Pepper commercials - ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Mix that with inspiration from Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fast and Furious, and Hot Fuzz, and built around a Christopher Nolan style non-linear story structure – and I arrived with Wedlock.

It was a major achievemnt pulling off both a car chase and a wedding, and I’m hugely grateful to the talented people who brought my vision to life. Thank you to all the cast, crew, extras, and equipment suppliers who made it possible.

My hope is that Wedlock will open doors for me to work alongside other like-minded people in the film industry to create exciting action sequences, lift people’s spirits, and bring a bit of joy into the world.

You can read the screenplay here: wedlock-script-final-draft-210919.pdf

And watch the behind the scenes film below:
(BTS images available on the BTS Gallery page)

Film Festivals

International Motor Film Awards 2021
WINNER: 'Best Drama Short'
Nomination: 'Best Drama Short' & 'Best Sound'
Screened: 15th September 2021
(London, UK)

​Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho) 2021
'Official Selection'
Screened: 2nd - 3rd September 2021
(Budapest, Hungary)

​SENE Film Festival 2021
'Official Selection'
Screened: 13th - 16th October 2021
(Providence, USA)

​​​This is England - Festival du court métrage britannique de Rouen 2021
'Official Selection'
Screened: 13th - 21st November 2021
(Rouen, France)​

Austin Revolution Film Festival 2022
WINNER: 'Best World Actor'
Nomination: 'Best World Short' & 'Best Actress'
Screened: 15th - 19th February 2022
(Austin, USA)​

​Ennesimo Film Festival 2022
'Motor Valley Selection'
Screened: 1st - 8th May 2022
(Modena, Italy)

​​Tallgrass Film Festival 2021
'Official Selection'
Screened: 20th - 24th October 2021
(Wichita, USA)

​Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021
Festival: 9th - 15th August 2021
(Providence, USA)

Exit 6 Film Festival 2021
'Official Selection'
Nomination: 'Best Editing'
Screened: 18th - 25th September 2021
(Basingstoke, UK)​

​Flickfair Film Festival 2022
'Official Selection'
Screened: 1st - 31st May 2022

​Fastnet Film Festival 2021
'Official Selection'
Screened: 26th - 30th May 2021
(Schull, Ireland)

​Purbeck Film Festival 2021
Nomination: 'Best Short Film'
Screened: October 29th 2021
(Swanage, UK)


Cast - Josh Harvey, Stephanie Hazel, Gianbruno Spena, Sylvia Clegg
Written & Directed by – Stephen Ashwell
Produced by - Elettra Pizzi
Director of Photography - Calvin Day
Stunt Coordinator - Jim Dowdall
Co-Producer - Naomi Soneye-Thomas
Line Producer - Mischa Andreski
Executive Producers - Stephen Ashwell, Georgia Ashwell
First Assistant Director - Andrew Potter
Second Assistant Director - Ben Keswick
Production Manager - Dougal Mackenzie-Smith
Production Coordinator - Shane Abbott
Production Assistant - Clive Tydeman
Floor Runner - Laurent Durham
Driver Runner - Vitalijs Jasinskis
Runner - Umberto Shaw
Second Unit Director of Photography - Andrew Kuchanny
First Assistant A Camera - Irina Cernea
Second Assistant A Camera - Teresa Adamson
Camera Trainees A Camera - Ross Dixon, Rebecca Richards
First Assistant B Camera - Julian Lalinde
Second Assistant B Camera - Loui Sharman
Camera Trainee B Camera - Joe Medlock
First Assistant C Camera - Matthieu Treacy
Second Assistant C Camera - Julie Steyaert
Drone Operator - Robin Kay
BTS Camera - Agne Denapaite
Stills Photographer - Max Letek
DITs - Max Elphinstone, Dillon Hollis
Stunt Drivers - Clayton Grover, Nellie Burroughes, Kevan Dunbar
Key Grip - Dave Holliday
Grips - Michael Farrell, Llewellyn Harrison
Assistant Grips - Suellen Abreu Meidell, Liam Hartney, Joshua Harrison
Production Designer - Kathryn Madge Healey
Art Assistant - Beatrix Grant
Costume Assistant - Georgia Ashwell
Flower Arrangers - Fiona Morrison, Rosie Davies, Kim Ropek
Hair & Makeup - Kathryn Healey
Gaffers - Norbert Strehle, Paul Choy
Best Boy - Ruben Cardol
Sparks - Lorenzo Guerrieri, Abi Hurcomb
Tracking Vehicle Driver - David Hammatt
Ultra-Arm Operator - James Davis
Ultra-Arm Head Operator - Phil Arntz
Low Loader Driver - Jamie Robinson
Tracking Vehicle Technicians - Maximus Hammatt, Gareth Jones
Sound Recordists - Tim Worth, Liam Cameron, Tobia Malagutti
Sound Assistants - Tom Fisher, Jonathan Ashwell
Stunt Safety Advisors - Tim Deegan, Andy Harriss
Firefighter - Rob Line
Paramedic - David Devlin
Vehicle Mechanics - Luke Dawson, Nigel Wilkins
Millbrook Proving Ground team - Kevan Dunbar, Phil Smith, Avril Masters
St Margaret’s Lee Church team - Amie Dotchin, Rev. Tim Goode, Karlene Phillips, Bill Bishop, Wyn Kirkman
Minibus Driver – Tony Webb
Edited by - Ricky Milling
Sound Design & Mix by - Tony Wall
VFX Artists – Ricky Milling, Stephen Ashwell, Calvin Day
Colourist - Connor Coolbear
Colour Producer - Oliver Whitworth
Camera & Grip Equipment by - Focus24, Motion24
Tracking Vehicles by - Action 99 Cars
Lighting by - Shoot Blue, Denmark Studios
Dolly by – movietech
Props by - Stockyard Prop Hire
Stunt Safety by - MSS TV & Film Stunt Safety
Vehicle Mechanics by - Dan’s Action Vehicles
Music by – Extreme Music
Colour Grade by - Electric Theatre Collective