Get to know the short film: WITHHELD, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama

Short Film played at the September 2017 Action / Crime / Thriller FEEDBACK Film Festival

Withheld move poster‘Withheld’ is a short psychological thriller about the power of performance between Stephanie (a phone sex worker) and an unforeseen caller.

Project Links
  • James Bowsher
    Director
  • James Bowsher
    Writer
  • Matthew Steggles
    Producer
  • James Bowsher
    Producer
  • Lizzie Mounter
    Key Cast
  • Tom Bonington
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Dragon
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

July 2017 THRILLER Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Thriller/Suspense Screenplay to the Festival: https://thrillersuspensefestival.com/

 

ACTORFEMALE 1st Scene Screenplay – GOD’S WORK IS NEVER DONE
July 2017 Reading
by Tara C. Hall
ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – D FOR DEXTER
July 2017 Reading
by Jessi Thind
ACTORTHRILLER Feature Screenplay – THE TWIN WITHIN
July 2017 Reading
by Gunnar E. Garrett
festival posterSUICIDE NOTE, 5min, UK, Fantasy/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterECSTASY BOULEVARD, 5min, USA, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Winning THRILLER Feature Screenplay: THE TWIN WITHIN by Gunnar E Garrett Jr

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

The murder-suicide that left a thirteen-year-old girl without a mother and father triggers voices within encouraging her to kill.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Julian Ford
Amy: Penelope Corrin
Kevin: Dan Cristofori
Morgan/Heather: Rachel Salsberg
Madison: Emily Weir
Matt: Steve Rizzo

 Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This screen play is about a dysfunctional couple who adopts a deeply disturbed set of twin girls who’ve witnessed their mother murdered by their father, and then turning the gun on himself. Now untrusting of anyone, one twin will do anything to protect them both from harm, including ridding their life of anyone she considers a threat.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is a Thriller/Suspense, that also leans into the Horror Category.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Like The Sixth Sense and Fight Club, this screenplay gives the audience to feel as they’ve figured out the film, they know where its headed and what’s going to happen, until… Oh no! They were wrong. The fact that I’ve written this film in one location with no extras, and a small cast also allows it to be shot on a lower budget, but still at a high quality, giving the investors a larger ROI than most films. Not to mention it’s creepy as F@$& with a little humor sprinkled in.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Incredibly deceptive.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The movie i’ve seen the most times in my life has to be The Slammin’ Salmon, with Hot Rod coming in a close second.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I’ve been working on this screenplay for about nine months, and have done a couple rewrites since this reading, tightening the script for better production values.

How many stories have you written?

I’ve written seven screenplays to date, one is currently in production, Riley’s Rainbow, and The Weak Outdoors, is currently in Pre-Production.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Isreal Kamakwiwo’ole

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The largest obstacle in this screenplay was to hide the fact that there was only one girl, and the her twin sister was just a mental disorder… A genetic disposition passed down by her father. Since this table read, we’ve done another two rewrites, better adjusting for this, though once we bring in a Director, we expect him or her to add input resulting in , I’m sure at least one more rewrite.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Outside of writing, my other real passion is spending time with my children, watching them grow and learn through hard work and effort in whatever it is they are involved in.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I entered the festival because, like every screenplay, rewrites are necessary, and without reputable feedback, the rewrites are useless. As far as the feedback I received for my work, even though no one is ever excited to her where they could have done better, it was all correct, and those adjustments needed to be made to take a film from being considered good, to great.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

2017 VILLAIN Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: OUTBREAK MUTINY
May 2017 Reading
by Jay Sandlin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird
ACTORTV SPEC of SUPERNATURAL
May 2017 Reading
by Bonnie Bonaduce

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin

festival posterCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKONG’s, 10min, USA, Crime/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – I SPY WITH MY LITTLE FLY
February 2017 Reading
Written by Adam Luff

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEIDI
February 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – BEDLAM ON THE RAILS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Wayne E. Johnson

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 VIOLENT Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORSCI-FI SHORT Screenplay – THE VOLUNTEER
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher Michaels

ACTORACTION FEATURE Screenplay – THE FLIGHT OF THE SOULS
May 2017 Reading
by Guy Quigley
ACTORFAN FICTION FEATURE Screenplay – MARVEL ZOMBIES
May 2017 Reading
by Christopher J. Valin

ACTORWAR SHORT Screenplay – ELEVEN YEARS OF LIGHT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Soforic
festival posterCONFESSION, 5min, USA, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE WHITE ROSE, 5min, USA, Thriller/Film Noir
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKONG’s, 10min, USA, Crime/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterOLIVER’S LANDING, 7min, USA, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterOTHERS LIKE YOU, 17min, Italy, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterTHE PROWLER, 15min, UK, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterKLINK, 3min, Ireland, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSTILL, 7min, UK, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterSHELTERED, 9min, USA, Thriller/Mystery
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE ASSIGNMENT
March 2017 Reading
Written by George Ivanov Nenchev
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump
ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar

ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEIDI
February 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – POPEYE “SPINACH RUN”
February 2017 Reading
Written by Neil Chase
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE FLASH TV series
February 2017 Reading
Written by Nader Hobballah

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – ECHOES OF BONNIEVILLE
February 2017 Reading
Written by Simon Schneider

festival posterTHE TRAITOR, 5min, Czech Republic, Action/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterMARAUDER, 13min, Canada, Action/Fantasy
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterTRUE COPY, 11min, Russia, Thriller/Sci-Fi
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterLAST BASE, 15min, Norway, Action/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterAPPRAISAL, 8min, UK, Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK


festival posterWEEKEND OF HEROES, 15min, Italy, Action/Crime
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 MISSION Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – BRIAR EARTH
March 2017 Reading
Written by Paul Tapp

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic

2017 KILLER Stories, Novels, Films, Screenplays (January-June)

Watch the best of creative works showcased in this genre at the festival in the first half of 2017.

ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson

ACTORACTION BEST Scene – FIEND
May 2017 Reading
by Andrew Samuelsen

ACTORTHRILLER BEST Scene – FOUR IN THE DOOR
May 2017 Reading
by Alan & Linda Barkley

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THE FERRY MAN
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Logan
ACTORTHRILLER SHORT Screenplay – COLD COMFORT
April 2017 Reading
Written by Mick Sims

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – SPARKS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Jon Freda

festival posterSTILL, 7min, UK, Horror/Thriller
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
festival posterOLIVER’S LANDING, 7min, USA, Thriller/Drama
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COURIER
March 2017 Reading
Written by Michael Dambrosio

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – MONSTER MURDER MYSTERY
March 2017 Reading
Written by Arran McDermott

ACTOR1st SCENE Screenplay – EVEN HERE I EXIST
March 2017 Reading
Written by Dylan Stump

ACTORFEATURE Screenplay – NEMESIS
March 2017 Reading
Written by Carl Joglar
ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HYPOTHERMIA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon
ACTORBEST SCENE Screenplay – HEIDI
February 2017 Reading
Written by Keith Makenas

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – COMES AROUND
January 2017 Reading
Written by Gunnar Halldorsson
ACTORNOVEL Reading – DAWN OF CHRYSALIS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sam B. Miller II

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Festival Moderators: Amanda Lomonaco, Kierston Drier, Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operators: Mary Cox, Marko Cvijetinovic