Short: 3 Minutes of Silence

“Boxing clubs make for fantastic settings for short films, and we see quite a lot of these in the submissions we get. 3 Minutes of Silence’s story took a different angle to the ones we usually see and its great production design, cinematography and engaging protagonists caught our eyes” – The Filmed Up Panel


Two young girls find hope & friendship in the most unlikely of places, a Moss Side boxing gym.

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  • About the filmmaker / the team

3 Minutes of Silence marks Ben’s fourth film as a Director/Writer with production company Bolo Films. Ben began his career in theatre as an actor and director, running his own theatre company in the North East of England. On moving to London, Ben studied acting at the Drama Centre and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Bolo Films is a Manchester-based production company. Their previous short films I’m Sorry to Tell You, Taubman and Hope Dies Last have all had extensive international festival runs. 3 Minutes of Silence has been funded by the BFI Network and is in the middle of its festival run, playing at 10 International festivals already. They are currently developing their first feature film Hyem with funding  from the BFI Network.

Credits: Writer Director Ben Price, Producer Matt Hilton.

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  • How did the film come about

I wanted to investigate the generational nature of trauma and depression in young adults. Half of all mental health problems manifest by age 14 .If not resolved then it can be passed on to further generations. I found my way through it, but without help I may not have.

Children and adults living in households in the lowest 20% income bracket in Great Britain are two to three times more likely to develop mental health problems than those in the highest.

This film is trying to open up a place for discussion to these issues. Often they aren’t talked about. Our previous films have dealt with different types of trauma and opened up further debate.

15 minutes


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Great Britain

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