This short will be a vibrant and nostalgic throwback to awkward fashion, awkward music and awkward tweens in a working class town setting. With a sprinkling of era related nods to shows like Nickelodeon’s Cow & Chicken, where adults were only ever seen by their legs/arms. We have also made the creative choice to have adults play the entire tween cast to further push the comedic element like Kevin & Perry.
If this short were a person, it would be Tracy Beaker’s gob shite little cousin from Essex.
We are so excited to be working with such an incredible trio of actors on My First Dick.
Emma's hit solo show Emma Sidi: Telenovela ran at the Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her third solo show Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace was a hit at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. Emma wrote and starred in Last Resort, a comedy short for Sky, and is developing original work for TV with Comedy Central and Guilty Party. She has also starred as the lead, Millipede, in two series of BAFTA-nominated comedy series Pls Like.
Shah has starred in a variety of TV shows since 2006. His most notable roles include Sunny in BBC One's Hospital People, Fred in Channel 4's Crashing, Torque in The Witcher for Netflix and currently BBC One's The Other One. Shah has also had a variety of roles in feature films, in 2014 for The Hundred-Foot Journey in which he starred alongside Helen Mirren and Om Puri. He has since been cast in Johnny English Strikes Again, Ordinary Love, and Last Christmas, to name a few.
She is currently working on a play ‘Any Willing Provider’ about her time working as a GP Receptionist in Hackney, and ‘Benders’, the first scene of which was performed at the Arcola Theatre in May. Ellen and her writing and comedy partner, Charly Clive, are developing a scripted television project with Pure producers Drama Republic. She started life (not literally) at Cambridge University and was a member of comedy troupe The Footlights: ‘the most renowned sketch troupe of them all’.
Writer/Director - Kate McCoid
Born and raised in Essex, Kate has established herself in the VFX and Editorial department over the last seven years, working on titles such as; Detective Pikachu, Netflix’s upcoming The Irregulars and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. My First Dick will be her second short. Kate’s debut short It’s Not Custard screened at SXSW 2019 and now has a home at Channel 4’s Random Acts.
Producer - Carly Lamenta
Born in Montreal, Carly studied at Concordia University in Canada when the movie industry came calling. Offered a producing role on a short film, she simply couldn’t refuse the opportunity which allowed her to move overseas to England. Working on multiple big budget films in VFX such as; Mission Impossible - Fallout & Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, all the while still producing small short films on the side. Her most recent short film ‘Reflection’ directed by academy award winner Mark Sanger, acclaimed great success. Now moves onto MFD with second time Director Kate McCoid.
DoP - Ed Tucker
Working across narrative short and long from, commercials and music videos, Edward loves to get stuck into a good bit of comedy and the genres unique storytelling opportunities. With a background in Artists' moving image and documentary film making, his work enjoys variety but always pushes to capture and connect with its subject matter, characters and narratives. Edward's approach embraces naturalism and simplicity, but looks to elevate and heighten where needed, whether through a light and detailed touch or bolder, more graphic tones. He's very excited to be a part of the My First Dick team, and can't wait to make a start after months of planning and preparation.
Production Desginer - Charlii Kerr
Production Desgin to Charlii is about creating an entire new world, each project presenting a completely original experience. As a recent graduate from Arts University Bournemouth, she has had the pelasure of designing a tenpin bowling alley, making horse poo and ecoarting an elaborate party room for 18th century prostitutes. Growing up with Avril Lavigne's 'Sk8r Boi' as the sound of her childhood. Charlii has a nostalgic adoration for early 2000s design, style and pop culture, so is incredibly excited to take on the role of Production Designer on My First Dick.
Composer - Yann McCullough
As well as short films Yann has composed for 14 TV documentary series, seven series of the critically acclaimed Unreported World, Channel 5 and Sky (a variety of series for Uppercut Films including Savage Nature and Bad Guys Dead Ahead), Marine A: Criminal, Casualty of War for the BBC and his most recent work The Art of Political Murder was selected for Tribeca 2020.
In addition to this, Yann has also contrbiuted to the soundtrack on feature films such as Dredd, Quartet & Spectre.
Editor - Adam Moss
Adam started his career working for a factual and corporate production company in 2011. He moved on to work as a scripted editorial trainee in 2014 and has since worked on productions for BBC, Sky, itv, C4 & Netflix. Adam has previously edited a few short films including Best Man and Dead to the World.
Colorist - Carl Thompson
Carl works as a Colourist for Molinare. He graduated from the National Film & Television School in 2016 and worked at Pinewood Studios until 2019. Some of his previous credits include Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney, 2018), Mission Impossible: Fallout, Johnny English Strikes Again, Lionheart, Dont F*** With Cats and Devs.
Sound Recordist - Taz Fairbanks
Taz has spent the past 4 years working with some of the best sound teams across the uk on titles such as Cats, Tolkien, How to Build a Girl and Rebecca. Applying only the highest standard of production sound to her work.
We have been extremely fortunate to put together such an enthusiastic and talented team of people for this short film who are giving their time to this project unpaid. We would much prefer to be able to pay everyone their rightfully earned wage, but are currently not in a position to do so. So the next step for us, is to raise money to ensure that we take the very best care of them while we are creating this short film.
This story is very personal to me, because it is very tightly based upon my own experience. Around 80% of this short actually happened. I was such a curious child and when I found out I was missing out on something, I had to immediately know what it was. The hilarity of looking back on my reaction to my first exposure to boobs and penises inspired me to share it in a narrative that I hope will help other people find the humour in their own weird coming-of-age experiences.
With shows like Big Mouth, Pen15 and Sex Education thriving, the sharing of embarrassing yet relatable body discovery stories are currently embraced not only for their comedic elements, but for the normalisation of the universal truth that we were all once clueless and curious kids just trying to work it all out.
2020 has been tough for everyone and this short will give a little comedic brevity from it all.
Concerned about Covid? So are we!
While we currently plan to shoot in January, we are watching the Government announcements closely and will be following their guidelines exactly. The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance.
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